Hi there {whispered shyly, with head down, hands fidgeting}, I know it's been a long time. I didn't mean to let you down. I'm sorry. Do you forgive me? Did you give up on me? I know at least one person gave up on me. When you have just a few followers you notice when one leaves and you may even be able to tell who it is. That's okay. I don't blame her. I've been remiss. I really am sorry. I missed you. I kept wanting to be here. Things just kept getting in the way. Lots of things. Not the least of which was A TRIP TO DISNEY! We took advantage of the extra long pre-Christmas … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: Savoring the Best

Gratitude The constant tenor and spirit of our lives should be adoring gratitude, love, reverence, and thanksgiving to the Most High. - Charles Hadden Spurgeon Sometimes I get behind. So many things vie for my attention, and I have to choose the best over the good. Such has been the case with recording my list of One Thousand Gifts. What takes only a moment of time and an alert spirit to notice, requires more time to capture as words and images. Good is recording my list of One Thousand Gifts. Best has been savoring each one as they grace each day. Moments enjoyed, dreams … [Read more...]

A Little Something New

After taking a little blog break, I am ready to post my continuing list of One Thousand Gifts tomorrow. But before I do, I need to do a little test-run on a behind-the-scenes change to my blog. Drum roll, please {my daughter is a new percussion band student!}... I have changed my comment system from the standard Blogger platform to Disqus. I know some of you dear readers are avid bloggers and this won't faze you a bit. You've probably already used this platform at Bring the Rain and MckMama. But for the rest of you, I don't want this to scare you away from commenting. The main reason … [Read more...]

Christ’s Coming

Advent means *to come* Jesus came. God was made flesh. Born in a manger. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14 We joyfully reflect on the first coming of our Savior. We anticipate the babe in the manger. We watch, eager to celebrate the birth of the Messiah. Simeon was waiting for the coming of the Messiah {Luke 2:25-32}. The Holy Spirit had promised that he would not die before seeing the Lord's Christ. We are not told how old he was, but I … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: When Grief Comes, Gratitude Awaits

It's been two years since we lost our nephew, Murray. Amazingly, even in grief we can respond to God with gratitude. For we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We know that Murray is more alive in the presence of his Lord and Savior than we are in these earthly tents. There is much to be thankful for as I recall his life as well as his death, and so I add these to my count of One Thousand Gifts. 107. meeting four-year-old Murray in his parent's van, on a rainy summer day 108. his striking blue eyes and ever-ready smile 109. cheering him on at baseball and football games 110. him … [Read more...]

How Long is a Lifetime?

Two years ago today... Joyfulness lingered from the gathering of family the day before as we celebrated Thanksgiving at our house for the first time. It was a special day that included a celebration of our nephew's twenty-first birthday two days prior. We were in the throes of decorating our house for Christmas, giddy with anticipation of the days ahead. Evening came, and the glow of Christmas lights met the chorus of Hallelujah praises. Christmastime permeated our senses. All was merry and bright. The ring of the telephone was met with a cheery "hello." The voice on the other end cut … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: Gratitude in the Midst of Trials

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - {1 Thess. 5:18} Gratitude falls easily from lips that feel the sun's warm rays and taste the sweetness of cream, when eyes behold God's miraculous works and His wondrous creation. Can gratitude be expressed when storms brew, winds howl, rains fall, and darkness threatens to envelop? Can lips praise God when a heart feels discouraged, when the road seems long and the journey is arduous? I know the answer is yes, for God's word tells me so. In fact, God commands it so. Thanks must be given in all … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: A Perpetual Feast

Gratitude Cultivate a thankful spirit! It will be to thee a perpetual feast. There is, or ought to be, with us no such thing as small mercies; all are great, because the least are undeserved. - J.R. MacDuff Gratitude, I quickly discovered, has a compounding effect. Gifts added to my list on the first day, were no less appreciated on the second or third. They remained a gift appreciated in their continued presence or through their remembrance. While only new gifts were added each day, thanksgiving and joy were found in graces already uncovered and recorded. Within just a few days, … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts

Gratitude The heart that is constantly overflowing with gratitude will be safe from those attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many persons. - A.W. Tozer November... the month of thanksgiving. It was this month three years ago that Ann Voskamp began a list of thanksgiving that has blossomed into a Gratitude Community. This is her beginning: It is the beginning of the list season: lists of menus, lists of hand-made projects, lists of addresses, lists of baking goodies ... lists of gifts. I too begin... but only, currently, one list: A List of a Thousand Things, … [Read more...]