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Thankful Thursday

Posted on March 29th, 2012

Well, I admit I have not been as committed to writing out my gratitude list each week like I had planned. When we found out we were moving, our free moments became scarce as we planned and tied up lose ends in Chicago. We have now been in Cincinnati for two weeks and the frenzy of looking for houses, filling out paperwork, and Jared starting a new job is behind us. Thankfully. I haven’t written before now because it’s taken this long for me to process all of the new changes and transitions in our lives. We are so, so grateful and just trying to soak in all of the blessings. So instead of writing I have been trying to set aside the appropriate amount of time to reflect on what God’s been doing and how He’s provided for us.

I thought launching back into the March Joy Dare based off of the One Thousand Gifts book would help me pause to think through the blessings God has been so gracious to give us recently. It is an amazing feeling to see some of the fruit that we prayed for during our waiting season become tangible before our eyes. Thank you for praying with us!

(List coincides with the days of March.)

29: 3 Gifts of His Promises: providing just what we need when we need it, peace and rest, His presence to walk us through each new season

28: 3 Gifts Entwined: growing up in Mason and now returning with my husband = 3 gifts!

27: 3 Gifts Redeemed: a season of waiting, friendships restored, my cancer experience

26: 3 Gifts Almost Gone: our Chicago experience, 3 years of marriage (turning to four), living by ourselves (as we’re now living with my parents for two months)

25: 3 Gifts Sung, Written, Painted: “Not For A Moment” by Meredith Andrews, Friday Notes from my husband, chalk pictures on the driveway by my niece

24: 3 Gifts Spoken: from my in-laws, my parents, and my high school best friend

23: 3 Gifts Found in Women Today: vulnerability, tenderness, confidence

It wasn’t a coincidence that this is the excerpt I read in Jesus Calling today as well to confirm this habit of gratefulness:

“Rejoice and be thankful! As you walk with Me through this day, practice trusting and thanking Me all along the way. Trust is the channel through which My Peace flows into you. Thankfulness lifts you up above your circumstances.

I do My greatest works through people with grateful, trusting hearts. Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking Me continually. This is a paradigm shift that will revolutionize your life.” (March 22, pg 85)

Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Psalm 95:1-2: “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.”

Psalm 9:10: “Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”

Thankful Thursday: Joy Dare #2

Posted on February 16th, 2012

FEBRUARY JOY DARE

10: 3 times you heard laughter today: a friend’s daughter being tickled, a friend laughing at my husband’s jokes, my husband able to enjoy himself after a long week of work

11: 3 gifts found in working: a clean bedroom, a stack of clean clothes in the laundry basket, a sparkling kitchen counter

12: 3 hard eucharisteos [I had to look up the meaning of this word and it means "to be grateful."]: this time in my life to enjoy rest even when I would love to have children, the difficult road of cancer, the waiting

13: 3 gifts found behind a door today: warmth, laughter, hugs

14: 3 ways you feel the love of God: not always giving me what I want, meeting me in my disappointment, giving me a gentle husband to do life with

15: a gift in losing something, in finding something, in making something: reorganized closets, rest, confidence

16: 3 gifts in shadows: the warm-ish sun beaming through the window = that equals three for me today!

Thankful Thursday: Joy Dare #1

Posted on February 10th, 2012

I had planned on posting this yesterday but my day did not go as planned so forgive me that my Thankful Thursday post is actually posted on Friday.

As I mentioned last week, God is teaching me to take time to note the of the ways He is working in my life–monumental and inconsequential. So each Thursday, I am going to post my responses to the Joy Dare from the 1,000 Gifts blog as a way for me to be intentional about making this a habit for me. I would love for you to join along!

FEBRUARY JOY DARE

1. a gift found at 11:30am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm: time to sit and catch up on email, time to actually take down my Christmas decorations, my husband home early from work

2. 3 things overheard today, all gifts: “I’m so glad you’re my wife,” “God answered my prayers,” “Notice what God is doing in your life.”

3, 3 gifts found in writing: trusting God, surrendering to God, finding peace

4. 3 gifts found when bent down: my health, new flooring after our flood, relaxation

5. one gift stitched, one gift hammered, one gift woven: a quilt from my Grandma for my wedding, a painting of the words”oh how He loves us” from my sister-in-law, a prayer blanket from Jared’s Aunt while going through chemo

6. 3 gifts found outside: the orange glow of the sun this morning, my breath dissipating into the cold air, the sun reflecting on our windshield as we drive

7. 3 gifts red: a Christmas wreath stored away until next year, “You Are Mine” pillow uncovered in boxes for Valentine’s Day, the heart printed on the Starbucks cup in my hand

8. a gift broken, a gift fixed, a gift thrifted: my beaded necklace, stitching the holes in my shirts this week, a Lenox vase to match my china

9. 3 gifts that were surprises–unexpected grace!: changing to a new room for Bible study with a more intimate feel, a coffee date with a dear friend and her young girls, a vulnerable time with the Lord after hearing about a disappointment

May we open our eyes this week to the ways God is working in our lives!

Thankful Thursday #2

Posted on November 18th, 2011

THANKFUL THURSDAY: Thankful for fabulous grandparents on both sides!

I am so thankful for the example that my wonderful grandparents have set for me (and my family). Some of my most cherished memories revolve around them. I am so thankful for the role they have played in my life.

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My maternal grandparents have a tradition that they have practiced for each of their 60 wedding anniversaries: enjoying an ice cream sundae together! I am so thankful for the example they have set for me, my brothers, and my cousins of a committed, steadfast marriage. My sweet grandma has made a quilt for each of her grandchildren for their wedding gift. I will forever cherish this quilt — her labor of love for me for my wedding day!

My grandparents introduced my extended family to Fripp Island, SC when I was a baby and we spent most spring breaks growing up making memories there. It seemed only fitting that Jared and I would get married at the place that held so many special memories. It was so meaningful to share the amazing day with my grandparents –who started the tradition!

Proud Grandma with her great-grandchild, Annie.

I am so thankful to have experienced so many seasons of life with my grandparents. They have been very much a part of my life – through the ups and downs. So grateful!

I am pretty sure that the bag in my mom’s hand was a great buy found by my grandma! Some of my favorite memories consist of shopping trips where she has taught me the art of finding a bargain. And please notice the deck we are standing on; my grandpa built that himself (along with their house), and if we ever wondered where he was, our first place to look would be sitting outside watching the birds. He is a wildlife lover and my cousins and brothers would attest to knowing much about birds because of the knowledge he’s shared with us.

My paternal grandma and I have shared some special memories as well. I will never forget that she celebrated my 30th birthday with me in Chicago.

I had the opportunity to join my grandma in a visit to her sister in Milwaukee. It was so fun to join her and learn more about her life.

My grandma raised four strong boys and did so alone for a large part of their childhood when my grandpa passed away. To say that she has a determination and strength is an understatement. I am so grateful for her example that she has set of a tenacity and courage to endure such hardships.

One of my favorite memories of my grandma was when she would drive to Ivanhoe’s, an ice cream joint near my college, and meet me for a treat. I learned much about her childhood and early marriage days which I will always treasure.

Proud Grandma with her great-granddaughter on a recent trip to Nashville.

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Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa Goodson and Grandma Hansen, for living lives that make us so proud to be your grandchildren. May we follow in many of the steps that you have walked before us!