The Gifts of Today

I’ve heard a saying that goes something like this: What if you only had tomorrow the things you were thankful for today?

While the saying may spur some on to gratitude, I was reminded why it never sat well with me.

Two friends lost dear loved ones this week. Suddenly. Unexpectedly. I know this loss. It’s the sort of loss that blindsides you and sends you reeling. Loss that leaves you begging for answers. Loss that makes you painfully aware that no one is promised tomorrow. Loss that confirms that we may only have today to be thankful.

If we wait to be thankful for only the big things, the moment may never come. Tomorrow may never come. The little things beg for thanksgiving because they are the stuff of today. Today is the day to be thankful, for it may be all we have.

We spend a day at home doing nothing special at all. A little cleaning, a little organizing, a little working, a little playing. We make pizza. Simple. Ordinary. Yet these are things of today. The little things given as gifts in the greater gift of this thing called today. And today I press into God in gratitude that He has given me this day to sing His praise.

Counting the gifts of the todays of this week – #1226 – 1247

  • the gift of life
  • the gift of today
  • Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
  • assurance of eternity with my Savior if tomorrow never comes
  • opportunities for little reaches (I have to start somewhere 😉 )
  • connecting with an old friend through her new blog
  • unplanned dinner date with my man
  • a restaurant worth a return trip
  • fresh bread
  • sharing chocolate cake a la mode. Yum!
  • blinds dusted
  • bathtub caulked
  • grapefruit
  • my deep, undivided kitchen sink
  • ice cold water
  • Evernote and ScanSnap – two new tools that are rockin’ my work world
  • shredding – the beginnings of a neater office. Woohoo!
  • laughter and silliness coming from my kids
  • Vince & Joe’s – an Italian market that makes and sells the tastiest fresh pizza dough
  • homemade pizza
  • dinners together
  • kids outgrowing their clothes again
In hope,

This post is linked with the Gratitude Community at Holy Experience
as I share my list of One Thousand Gifts.


About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. Beth says

    Jumped over from Ann’s and love “the gift of today”. Thank you for this reminder even in the midst of suffering!

    In His Arms, Beth