Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Choosing Gratitude {Gifts 1-14}

It's the choice we are faced with moment by moment, day after day.

The choice between gratitude or grumbling.

We wrestle with it because we are human.

The winds of change are always blowing, leaving us fearful.

Our expectations don't always determine the outcome, and all does not turn out like we had planned or hoped.

Yet we are blessed.

Blessed, blessed, blessed beyond measure.

And when we choose gratitude for those everyday blessings, our soul still sings.

Because amidst the change winds God is constant, and it is because of His unfailing love that we are not consumed.

So we thank Him, we choose the rejoicing, and it is beautiful to our God.

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Psalm 33:1

Many of you have been making your lists for some time now, giving thanks for your 1,000 gifts, inspired by Ann Voskamp.  I have decided that it is time for me to join in the noticing, the documenting, the blessing, the worship.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!  
O Lord my God, You are very great.

Psalm 104:1a

{Gifts 1-14}

#1 - a surprise gift on the piano bench that met a need and touched my heart

#2 - the anticipation of a visit from a dear friend

#3 - that the Lord is good to those who quietly wait on Him and seek Him

#4 - the blessed sound of silence

#5 - two little Students of the Month this autumn

#6 - that recent exquisite day spent in the sunshine when Jimmy and I made time simply to be together

#7 - open windows and cool sheets

#8 - strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

#9 - children tucked safe and sound sleeping peacefully in freedom

#10 - small but significant opportunities for our family to give together

#11 - God loving teachers who care for my children each day

#12 - that grace flowed down and covered me

#13 - dancing in breezes

#14 - covenant love

For these and more I am thankful...


  1. All of those are such wonderful things, Jennifer! You have thankfulness oozing out of each blog post you write! :) What a precious picture of your daughter.

  2. What a beautiful post! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. You just made my day! :-)

  3. Your list is wonderful. I need to get my journal out and start counting my blessings again. Thanks for being such an encourager.