"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
Matthew 10:29

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Day Ten...and so on

This past week has been filled with so many blessings. It's funny but when you start to view things through the lens of thanksgiving, life really does become much more beautiful. I've been overwhelmed.

I'll share a few of the things I am thankful for this week:

Singleness. Really though- it is a gift. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35.

A wonderful reminder that each life really matters and has impact. I love that we each have a story that desperately needs to be told.

Quiet snowfall

Encouragement from friends

Prayers being answered right before my eyes. So amazing.

Jr. High kids rededicating their lives to Jesus.

And this verse:

"If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."  Luke 11:13

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Days Seven, Eight, Nine

Clearly, I'm bad at writing on here everyday. Oh well.

This past weekend, I have been giving thanks for the amazing people God has placed in my life. Seriously, I am beyond blessed in this area. It's good to know I have people who can challenge me and encourage me. They give me the courage to keep running this race, no matter how difficult it gets.

First, there is my family. They are really my biggest cheerleaders and I have no idea where I would be without them. I am so glad I have godly parents who can guide me and support me. What a huge blessing!

Next, I am surrounded by a great group of friends. These are the ones who inspire me and draw me outside of my comfort zone. They spur me on towards Christ and simply make life more fun.

And, lastly, I have a wonderful church family. I love to serve alongside these brothers and sisters. They remind me of what is true and I am encouraged every time I am surrounded by them.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Day Six

Today my coworker turned to me and said, "Wanna hear a God story?" Of course I was all ears.

Seven years ago my coworker's mother-in-law made each of her grandchildren a special piece of jewelry. She designed them all herself and had the pieces specially made from parts of her own antique jewelry. My coworker's daughter was young at the time when she received her gift from her grandmother: a beautiful pair of hand-made earrings. Without thinking, my coworker let her daughter wear the earrings one afternoon when she was playing outside and one of the earrings fell out and was never found again. My coworker explained that she always regretted letting her daughter wear the earrings and had prayed she would somehow find the missing one.

Fast forward seven years. Just last month, my coworker's mother-in-law passed away. It has obviously been a sad time for their family and reminded my coworker of that missing earring. She again prayed it would somehow turn up, even though she did not expect her prayer to really be answered. Well, to her disbelief, while doing a load of laundry this week, my coworker actually found the missing earring! It was attached to her dog's bed that needed to be washed! She has no idea how that happened, but she does know that God answered her prayer. She was so thankful.

Her story was a wonderful reminder that God cares about us intimately and personally. He sees our hearts desires and stoops down to take care of us. I am thankful to serve a God like this.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Day Five

Today I am thankful for an answered prayer. It is so amazing to celebrate and praise God when prayers are fulfilled in friends' lives. Our God really is present. He hears and works in His perfect timing.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Day Three and Four

Let me just say that Mondays are not my favorite day of the week. I usually struggle to make it out the door and breakfast is always on the go. But not yesterday. Instead of my usual routine, I woke up to a wonderful surprise-my brother made me blueberry pancakes! Such a great way to start the beginning of the week. So blessed! 

And, today, I am thankful for a phone conversation. I got a chance to catch up with my bestie from college! We laughed about old memories and reminded each other of God's sovereignty in our lives. I'm glad I have friends who can encourage me and point me back to the truth. I wouldn't be able to make it through this crazy life without them. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Day Two

Today I am thankful for the sunshine. The winter has been getting me down and this week we have seen way too little of the sun. My heart has been aching for summer. But, this evening, I just so happened to be sitting on my couch in the perfect spot to bask in the sun as it was beginning to set. Coincidence? I don't think so. It was orange and red, making the whole room glow with brilliant light. I could feel its warmth kissing my face and I sat perfectly still enjoying its presence until it slowly faded away. It was a glimmer of hope that winter will not last forever. Exactly what I needed.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Day One

Today I am thankful for rest. What a blessing it was to have a quiet house all to myself this afternoon. I was able to sit alone with my Bible and simply be still. Exactly what I needed after a hectic week. I am so glad our God knows that we need time away from the busyness of life.

"In these days he [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God."  Luke 6:12

Friday, February 1, 2013

Be Thankful

I've been lacking joy recently. I'm living but not really living, if you get what I mean. Maybe it's this fast pace schedule I am currently leading or my endless to-do list or my constant worrying about the future...but I feel as if I am missing out on what's really important. The beauty of each day seems to get lost in all the details. I'm exhausted but not fulfilled. 

In my small group tonight, we talked about being a "sunshine-maker", which is basically a person filled with joy and good deeds. The study said, "The key to being a sunshine-maker is to be thankful in every circumstance." Ah-ha. There is the missing piece. Thankfulness

There is so much about my life right now that is uncertain and some days it is much easier to focus on all my unfulfilled longings than the things I already have. I'll admit that being thankful has not been high on my priority list. 

So, I am setting out on a little journey over the next 30 days. I have encouraged my small group to do this, and I want to take on the challenge for myself.  I am going to commit to finding one thing that I am thankful for each day. The reason for this is that I want to change my mindset and take notice of the daily gifts God has set before me. I want to stop missing out on God's goodness, because I am too busy racing my way through life. 

Follow with me on my journey of thanksgiving. 

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)