Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Counting Gratitude Gifts

 Today Ann posted that she'd heard from a lady who counted ten thousand gifts and from someone else who'd counted one thousand in just eight days!  And she shared that her book, One Thousand Gifts, is at #6 on the New York Times bestsellers list - how amazing!  I am so thankful for finding her blog, reading her book, being part of this amazing community and, most importantly, for realizing how very much God blesses me with goodness.

The month is ending but my list keeps growing as I notice more of what He gives me, moment by moment.  Ann shared a quote from G. K. Chesterton that rings with me.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G.K. Chesterton
I like that idea alot!  And so I count on, filled with wonder and happiness that so much is given to me by Him!

#3573 - #3600

- being able to participate in recycling
- familiar faces in a new situation
- students that have grown and matured in 8 years
- how to give modelled by my Gramman and my Mom
- red berries on white snow

- sleeping in
- beautiful handmade cards
- sewing
- driving safely home in the dark
- taco salad

- Bible study group
- wisdom gained by studying His words
- supportive friendships
- snacks
- bits of snack stacking up

- forgiveness
- caring friends
- smiles and hugs
- whispered thanks
- fresh local fish

- Bob cleaning that fish
- healthy supper choices
- 50 birthday candles burning brightly
- hugs from little ones
- texture of dried plants

- a journal to record His gifts
- that He sends little children to be our models and our reminders


  1. Me too I'm so thankful for having found One Thousand Gifts and Ann...And as I can read from your list the gifts like smiles and hugs,your husband cleaning the fish...these are the best and simply joys that often we don't even count...but they do matter! :)
    Have a blessed day!

  2. it is so important to be thankful daily for all the things God sends our way. it's too easy to fall into an "if only" state. if only i had this...if only my life was like that. it only causes heartache and lack of contentment.

    i am thankful for coffee right now. :)

    and for a great hubby!

  3. wasn't that post of ann's beautiful?! she has such an incredible way with words. love your list. love the noticing you've been doing. love you.