Monday, November 14, 2011

Gratitude Gifts Today

Taking words right from Ann and one of her posts from Ecuador (where she was touring with Compassion International) last week:
"And thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving when joy in the blessings given from above — overflows into the blessings given all around.
Thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving when the thanks for His vertical, coming-down grace — is expressed as a horizontal, reaching-out grace.
Thanksgiving only becomes thanksliving — when thanksgiving to God overflows into a joy of giving.
The joy of giving thanks – is ultimately expressed in the joy of giving."

How absolutely true!

#3278 - #3308

- being able to follow along on the Compassion Bloggers trip
- God's amazing people in Ecuador
- being convicted to do something
- feeling God move my heart
- beautiful photographs

- sewing, sewing, sewing
- going from lengths of fabric to completed projects
- beautiful colors and coordinating prints
- packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
- adding letters and closing the boxes

- lively discussions
- pondering
- knowing that is exactly what He means for me
- weekly challenge from the pastor
- worship music

- spinach dip
- chocolate ganache
- turkey dinner
- cups of tea
- visits with friends

- my sister coming to visit
- long conversations
- candles glowing
- breakfast together
- hugs

- bags out of our house
- emails from our children
- a little voice whispering, "I'm a Christian, Gramma!"
- God's love and tender care of our grandchildren
- writing letters


  1. What a sweet list. I've been enjoying the Compassion bloggers recount of their time away as well. What an incredible experience.

  2. We've been putting together our Operation Christmas Child boxes this month, too. It was cool to see in Ann's posts how those boxes are reaching the hurting.