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.”