1000 Gifts: 431-475

November 25, 2008 at 11:25 am 2 comments


On continues the list, striving for 1000 things I’m thankful for this season.  It has been a life-changing experience for my spirit and soul.  I troubled times, sleepless nights, tense moments, I begin to automatically default now to immersing myself into the moment, the gift of the moment.  To look for the gifts.  They are always coming from the Father’s hand.  If you are struggling with fear, depression, anxiety, or if you need some boost at all in your spiritual walk in the “everyday” of your existence, I encourage you to take up the 1000 Gifts Challenge.  Read more about it from the humble woman who started it in my life at  The Holy Experience of Listening (this post explains 1000 Gifts and why).

  • cranberry splash sierra mist
  • Bounty Paper Towels
  • polishing silver
  • Cards
  • cordless phones
  • magazine boxes
  • Kleenexes
  • brothers
  • a van than runs
  • grocery shopping done early in the day
  • meat thawing for dinner early in the day
  • fruit cocktail
  • thanksgiving dinner celebrated one week BEFORE the black Friday madness takes over mind, robbing  contentment before seed every takes root
  • a good pen at hand
  • a purse that stays on the shoulder and holds things where I need them
  • delightful tasks ahead, catching up, seeing light
  • family
  • thoughts that fill
  • saints of old who invested in our future
  • the small brown metal vase on my desk that holds trash (“some vessels for noble purposes, some for ignoble.”  It is so appreciated.
  • friends who remind us who we are…sharing similar loves, interests, drives, emotions, goals
  • sharpened pencils
  • having my mom’s dressing recipe and having her walk me through it many times through calls from grocery stores, half way through the process, over and over, year after year…and this year, it is easy.  My husband still says it’s the best he’s ever eaten.
  • the sounds of piano wafting through my computer right now, stilling me
  • purple
  • leaves turning from golden to rust, hanging on, just for me, it seems.  This tree outside my window has never held a fall leaf at all.  It just drops them all at once, but not this year.  It has been red, yellow, orange, igniting my spot, all day, for weeks…now, still, it’s rust bidding me to rest, to let the winter have it’s effect, to continue to display the glory of God, no matter what color comes.
  • relief from a headache last night
  • falling into deep sleep and sleeping until morning.
  • books,
  • words,
  • phrases,
  • quotes
  • new body pillows in front of the fire…cuddling with the kids on the floor each night to read and watch TV and get countless hugs and kisses
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (Red loves them, I’m so glad, so do I…my husband never had one until we got married)
  • Kroger croissant roles and turkey salad…Mmmmm.
  • finger nail clippers
  • rejuvenation
  • the joy of vulnerability
  • December parties and celebrations; plays and song
  • hope
  • promise
  • gifts
  • afghans Mom made us
  • straw brooms, nothing like them

Entry filed under: Everyday.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kimberly  |  November 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    It was wonderful to talk with you, if only briefly, and because it led me to reconnecting with you here on the internet. Yes, can you believe I have a five month old son? I can hardly believe it myself. I’m so glad to read in your blog that your family is doing so well. And thanks for this post on gratitude. It’s difficult just now, to feel grateful, but it does make all the difference. I think I’ll take up a gratitude journal of my own. For starters, I’m grateful for finding family members after a long absence, reading inspiring people on the internet, family, and for the small things in life. Let’s stay in touch.

  • 2. Cousin Misty  |  November 25, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I laughed about the peanut butter and jelly one. I never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until Jon and I were married. Funny!

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