Monday, November 16, 2009

Joy


The fact is,
I do not always feel thankful. It sometimes takes work, to look up to the heavenly instead of wallowing in the earthly. But, when I choose to look for things to thank my Father for, my heart is changed... from a drooping-downcast spirit
to a heart that overflows with pure and utter JOY

Psalm 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

My Countdown To 1,000 Gifts of Gratitude
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:: popcorn date with sweet toddler girl
:: our feet dangle over couch, hands in bowl, hearts knit together
:: she puts her hand on my shoulder and tells me I'm the best
:: my cup overflows

:: a teething 10-month-old
:: stealing extra cuddle time
:: warm smooches
:: cheek to cheek, lingering long
:: special baby-breath smell
:: singing soft melodies
:: humming sweet words
:: his body growing limp in my arms
:: a crooked smile peaks from behind his binky
:: I contemplate staying right there, in that moment, forever

:: a confident husband
:: hanging proudly on his arm, at a work event
:: hearing from everyone what a wonderful, hard-working man he is
:: I smile, I agree, I am thankful
:: sitting close together, his strong arm around my shoulder
:: we read God's Word, we share, we sharpen one another, we cleave

:: we have an argument
:: hurtful words are lashed out
:: selfishness is winning and yielding its ugly head
:: we cool down
:: "I'm sorry" and "will you forgive me" are spoken with sincerity
:: hearts are mended, the balm of forgiveness is spread out

:: a good song, with lyrics that point my heart to Him
:: "Praise you, Jesus" rolls off my lips, Holy Spirit initiated
:: an encouraging phone call from an old friend
:: we chat about life and how good our God is
:: we cry
:: we share burdens
:: we live to be "real"
:: we breath a sigh of relief

Previous Thank-Giving Posts:


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What will you choose to be thankful for, this moment?

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11 comments :

  1. That is a great list.

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  2. Hi Traci! I enjoy checking in on your blog. I needed this reminder today on a day that I am feeling tired and overhwhelmed.

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  3. Angela6:53 PM

    I like that :)

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  4. Beautiful list! Joy for sure!

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  5. I don't always feel so joyful either, but the idea of making a list is a great one. Maybe I should do it....

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  6. What a beautiful list and encouragment for the day ahead. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You have such a beautiful family.

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  7. "your the best"...love that. Made me giggle. I love it when my four year old leans in to me and says "mom you are so beautiful" or "you are a great mom". Joy-overflows.

    Great list!
    J.

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  8. What a beatiful list of things you are thankful for. I'm thankful to have read yours.

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  9. What a great list. I love how you really saw the detailed blessings in every larger gift. Thanks for the encouragement to find joy when the world begs us to do otherwise!

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  10. Excellent, excellent thought provoking post. I am glad that I found so many great writers and that I have joined in be grateful. I too know the feeling of trying to find the blessings... but then we just have to look down to what may be more common. God bless you for a beautiful blog.
    http://dailygraces.wordpress.com

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