one thousand gifts {3295-3326}

Multitudes on Mondays @ a holy experience

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.”
{Luke 17:15-16}

So, I’m not even going to make excuses why I haven’t written down gifts in a few…um…months. The important thing is that I’ve started again. I don’t want to be those “other nine” lepers who neglected to turn back.

Let me just tell you, daily writing down little (and big) ways God has blessed you truly does bring an immeasurable amount of joy. And we all know that the joy of the Lord is our strength. He’s so good. I really encourage you to try writing down even just three things each day to see how He’s working in your life. 

Will I share my list in its entirety every week like I used to? Unfortunately, probably not, but for now…here you go. He’s faithful in EVERYthing.

3295. an overwhelming sense of gratitude for “little” things God blessed me with this weekend~so much so, that i had to start writing them down again
3296. honesty that humbles and also creates an opportunity to give and show love
3297. going to asbury’s concert with will…listening to friends make beautiful music and laughing along the way.
3298. ♪ abide with mearr. by jay dawson
3299. hugs from kerry ♥
3300. waking up to ♪ grace that is greater
3301. feeling so connected to my church family
3302. hearing my hindu friend read from proverbs in sunday school, wanting to follow along, the hopelessness in conversation, and feeling such a heavy burden for her soul
3303. my ate buying me starbucks and the best SKPM so far this season!
3304. being reminded of the holiness, righteousness, and wrath of God that demands full and total obedience
3305. a visitor at church from england who found us via our website. i was nearly moved to tears when i found that out. He knows just how to encourage me right when i need it.
3306. eternal weight of glory {2 corinthians 4:17}
3307. courtney being way too excited about the digits in her phone number. haha!
3308. the fact that He knows no change though my love is ofttimes low
3309. practicing piano for half an hour when i got home from working late, as promised. #terriblestudent #pianolessonsforlife

Practicing Piano
3310. a yummy dinner made by mom and shared over good laughs with aunt janna & barney ♥
3311. the Lord is my helper & upholds my life
3312. lunch with mom at bella notte & a little red cup of joy
3313. dinner with wanda & huge snowflakes and gorgeous dusted benches, bushes, and branches. loved hearing how God is working, too!

Snow Dusted Benches
3314. a new tv that actually and instantly turns on
3315. His constancy
3316. cheery faces at the podiatrist, good news, a blood sugar of an 80 that rendered a smiley face in my chart, and leaving the office 4 minutes before my appointment time
3317. getting to help a customer who was so patient and kind
3318. how being grateful separates you from the world {2 timothy 3:2}
3319. watching the parade on the #DCIcouch
3320. a new recipe for thanksgiving which resulted in jalapeno juice in my eye, but so thankful it didn’t burn too badly
3321. a most beautiful table with an even more beautiful family. turkey by andy and pumpkin pie by savannah. (and savannah praying over dinner: “please help us have a good day…and i’m pretty sure we will.” so cute!)

Thanksgiving Table
3322. ALL His benefits! forget not. that’s a lot to remember.
3323. a lazy day putting up the tree
3324. designing Christmas newsletters and graphics
3325. seeing frozen with erin. classic!
3326. ♪ He, to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood ♪

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites as I have the opportunity. 

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one thousand gifts {2785-2840}

♪ And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. ♪
{Count Your Blessings}

It has been all grace to count the 2784 gifts God has blessed me with since August 2011. I’ve learned by listing ways He’s shown His love for me that He’s always working for my good and His glory–even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Whatever He gives, whatever He withholds: it’s all grace.

After taking a couple-month break from listing gifts, I want to start back. It’s easy to forget how blessed I am. I must make myself constantly aware that He is indeed showing me grace.

With faith that He’ll continue pursuing me, even when I’m faithless, showing me His grace in a thousand ways and proving His love for me minute-by-minute…

♪ 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. 

2785. a blessed Thanksgiving with a full table
2786. tobymac Christmas cd
2787. decorating the tree with kerry and mom

Tree Decorating with Kerry
2788. baby chicks in a box by my desk
2789. successful performances by those precious LCA kids

LCA Stomp Kids
2790. the little things in life
2791. lunch at the glitz with my mom and her girls

The Glitz
2792. peruvian dinner and laughs with the stantons
2793. not being in my car when it was hit
2794. buying starbucks for life
2795. crawling over

Crawling in the TearsMobile
2796. seeing will’s sugarplum fairy masterpiece come to life

SPF
2797. making peanut butter balls with kerry
2798. laying a wreath on my grandparents’ grave

Wreath on Grave
2799. kayla and angie being baptized!
2800. being in the middle lane as the tractor-trailer veered off I-75S
2801. the boys chopping down a tree while the girls made chicken salad with mema
2802. aunt rhonda surprising us!
2803. frogmore stew

Frogmore Stew
2804. our whole family at the table ♥

Cousin Love
2805. roger’s
Roger's Woodstone BBQ

2806. disney yahtzee with the vance kids
2807. watching band with friends old and new on nye
2808. safe trip to the atl for passion

Passion 2013
2809. box7 welcoming a non-corps kid

Box7 in it to End It
2810. watching God move and change hearts
2811. making new friends
2812. “i loooove caribou”
2813. singing hymns at midnight on my birthday
2814. hearing scouts sing “you’ll never walk alone” as i took a shower


2815. hu hu ha!
2816. talking about everything under the sun to keep erin awake while driving
2817. birthday dinner at olive garden and dessert at shakespeare & co.

Birthday
2818. reinforced conviction
2819. seeing all the yorks and baileys at red lobster
2820. dinner and laughs with ashley & kristen

Sweet friends
2821. medicine
2822. coughing lungs out at lunch with erin. oh passion plague. tragic train for sure.
2823. leaning on the Lord
2824. spending time with charla

Charla
2825. resting to heal
2826. feeling alive again, astounded at His manifold new Monday morning mercies
2827. being spoiled by my mom…cabbage beef soup
2828. ♪ thank You, God, for saving me! ♪


2829. answered prayers and the Lord bringing my papa safely through shoulder surgery.
2830. a skype with kerry
2831. thanking God for free chicken minis with erin
2832. surprise hugs from jenna & katie
2833. a new flute student
2834. a timely hug to fix my funk
2835. texting mishaps. “hooray!”
2836. hilarious moments with kerry. do you need to go to the bathroom? here’s a lemonade.

Kerry TearsMobile
2837. les mis. such grace.
2838. singing. in this life.
2839. desiring to be a servant
2840. a new comfy dress as a bday present from my ate

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 

one thousand gifts {2737-2784}

Give thanks to the LORD,
for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever.
{Psalm 136:1}

After 15 months, I’ve finally filled up one whole journal recording God has given me–nearly 3000 gifts.

Each gift He’s blessed me with (well–the ones I’ve recognized, recalled, and recounted) that I’ve recorded in my journal proves the second half of the verse above. They’re all evidence of His grace, love, and mercy.

If I had no tangible evidence of His goodness love for me, it wouldn’t change the truth that He does love me and that He is good. But I do have evidence! There are thousands of ways He’s shown His love for me and doesn’t that just go to show how over-the-top merciful He really is?

Give thanks to Him.
For He is very good.
And His love never changes, but endures forever!

2737. {isaiah 54:17}
2738. scraping my windshield and praying for the stantons


2739. panera + romans 8
2740. “the notes on the page are messing me up.” -silly saxophone kid
2741. working my 11th election. 74% voter turnout!

My coworker’s comic strip of our day.

2742. resting in God’s sovereignty
2743. lunch at cheddar’s with erin, deciding we need a double daddy daughter date at drakes in december
2744. being a plumber. (thank God for my dad and the capability of sending pics via texts)
2745. telling charlotte she can practice on a pencil. so cute.
2746. sinfulness and grace seen in isaiah 1. wow!
2747. pearls, curls, yellow sweater, and my favorite scarf


2748. bob brown house board meeting at the campbell house–yum! (oh, and my favorite: drawing residents’ Christmas wish lists…so precious)
2749. dinner (apples?!) at logan’s with sarah b and charla


2750. finishing a task that seemed so daunting the day before
2751. being recognized at a new bank!
2752. 3:16 appreciation
2753. an unexpected sale!
2754. a most productive day cleaning out and cleaning up
2755. finding shoes similar to what i had
2756. “underneath are the everlasting arms”
2757. singing “crown Him with many crowns” in church as music from the stripper place blared next-door. oh that their hearts would be changed and they would one day sing with us.
2758. all dressed up buying rakes with ate

“Surely you all aren’t going to rake leaves dressed like that.” -random people at Lowe’s

2759. panda. oh my–yum!
2760. getting soaked and a decent impulse buy
2761. laughing so hard at a funny quote from a student!
2762. “anything for you.” -sadie
2763. timpani mallet flying from a kid’s hand during a concert and landing right in front of a stunned sixth grade flutist
2764. sweet truths of psalm 1
2765. a most beautiful sunset
2766. {isaiah 41:10}
2767. lunch at ramsey’s with erin–corn showers & xylophone solos…so many laughs
2768. an 8-cent total at rite aid
2769. {hebrews 12:13} truth exploding!
2770. previewing T4G Vol. II cd that comes out at the end of november. glory bumps!
2771. lunch with dad at oasis. mmm.
2772. a most thankful barista handing me a red cup of goodness!
2773. enjoying kerry’s concert at asbury with will. “hononooooo, honono.” *spirit fingers*
2774. friends concerned about spiritual things. so, so, so grateful. such an answer to prayer.
2775. friends who give to help those in need
2776. free tix to the UK game with mom!


2777. warming up + a cheesy hallmark christmas movie!
2778. counting coins with my sunday school class to send for the BFM Thanksgiving Offering
2779. Jesus being my sustenance and satisfaction
2780. God placing a friend in my path as i was returning an item
2781. hearing church family give God the glory
2782. sweet fellowship over just-right finger foods
2783. God adding to our body–as He sees fit
2784. He is good. His love endures. {therefore, give thanks.}

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday.