What To Do When One Thousand Isn’t Enough

The longer I count the gifts, the more I realize that I am just barely scratching the surface of gratitude that is owed to God. As He is infinite, so too are His blessings.

One thousand was once a number that intimidated me. Now I know it’s not nearly enough; it’s just the beginning. So how high could I count if I just kept going and going? What fun it would be to see. Could I ever reach ten thousand!?

A friend blessed me this week with the gift of a song to inspire me to try – Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons.

You’re rich in love and you’re slow to anger
Your name is great and your heart is kind
For all your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

Only God knows if the number of my days will allow such a lofty goal in this lifetime. But what joy it will be to continue the count in the next!

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Soon my soul will sing your praise un-ending
10,000 years and there forever more

Counting the gifts #1248 – 1263

  • my man coming home for lunch (two – make that three – days in a row!)
  • leftover Christmas cookies pulled out of the freezer
  • pup on his perch

  • books – oh my, why did it take me so long to list this? I love books!!
  • Reeder app; and Sandra Peoples for recommending it
  • chipmunk scampering about
  • vanilla milkshakes for an aching mouth
  • kids growing again (explains outgrowing their clothes last week 😉 )
  • a song that inspires; a friend who thought of me
  • God’s ability and willingness to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all we could ask or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
  • surprisingly good outcome from a conversation I was dreading
  • freshly washed sheets
  • dreaming up summer vacation plans
  • a day ending better than it began

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. Amy says

    You are absolutely right – 1000 isn’t enough!! Thanks for the reminder. Beautiful picture of the sunset/sunrise!!!!

  2. Katie says

    I love that song so much. (and your sunset picture is amazing!)

    I have been counting for 2 weeks, and I’ve already broken 200. You’re right, 1000 isn’t enough! Our lists, our thanks for these gifts, should be endless! His love for us is endless, so why not?

  3. What an awesone lessons… you are at over 1200 and you have barely scratched the surface… you are SO right!

  4. Shelli, your pup is so cute!!

    Ever since I started this joy dare –I’ve been seeing references to God’s gifts and presence everywhere….