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Multitude Monday

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Awhile back, I posted about a gratitude list I planned to keep. I had trouble linking to Ann Voskamp’s site, so that list got put on hold. I love to write but I really stink when it comes to technical stuff! I have figured out how to be a part of her gratitude community and so I am excited about counting my blessings up to 1,000 – and maybe even beyond!

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This week’s list all pertain to my weekend away at the Resolve Conference.

On Monday, January 31st, 2011, I thank my Father for:

18. Role Models for my daughter. See my previous post, Dream On! So thankful! We truly had a God-orchestrated meeting with Kathryn McCormick. Thank you, Lord!

19. Chad Eastham who spoke about teen relationships at the Resolve conference. Good, good stuff!

Eating at Changs!

20. A memory-making weekend away with my two oldest daughters – a great conference, fun music, lots of laughs, a bet they won (Yes, they swam in an outdoor pool in 58 degree weather for 10 minutes all for Chick-fil-a milkshakes), a fun night at the Mall of Georgia, dinner at P.F. Changs, movies on my computer at night, hot chocolate and mochas…)

21. Volence, our new World Vision child we are sponsoring. We signed up with World Vision at the conference. We now have a precious 11 year old girl from Africa to pray and care for.

22. Safety as we traveled.

23. Bethany, who helped her daddy with running the house while I was gone. She would have rather attended the conference with me and her big sisters, but graciously accepted that she is not quite old enough. That child is precious!

24. The ability to video a snippet of the conference (I chose an especially loud snippet of Hawk Nelson playing live) to e-mail to the children at home. It thrilled them! Makes the miles that separated us seem not so far. Iphones are cool.

25. Esther who has finally mastered going to the potty and did not have a singe accident while I was gone! For those who’ve read this you know how much this means to me!

26. Dear friends who came to my house and took my four children to church. Daniel had to be there by 7 am Sunday because he was the worship leader. That was WAY to early for him to have the four younger children up and ready. Neighbors stopped by and picked up the gang at 9. They had to take two cars to do so. Thankful my gang could be at church in my absence.

27. This same sweet family fed my hubby and children lunch!

28. The joy of returning home.

29. Our friends we went to the conference with. These are fun, fun people. Love them and praise God for dear friends both for me and my girls!

30. Reconnecting with a friend I haven’t seen in 23 years! Yes, also at the Resolve conference. More to come on this one!

31. 6500 girls present at the conference! There was so much energy in that place and it thrilled my heart to be a part of it!

32. My husband’s willingness to let me make memories with my girls. He juggled much – 4 kiddos, being the worship leader, dishes, food, etc! I’m thankful for my man!

17 Gifts

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience is one of my favorite authors. She ministers to me with her unique way of communicating beauty in the daily. After several months of reading her blog, it is clear that she has learned of the incredible blessings that comes through practicing gratitude. Not only has she written a book on thankfulness, but she keeps a Gift List, a simple running log of things for which she’s grateful…

“Too often I miss Him, oblivious, blind. I don’t see all the good things that He is giving me, gracing me with, brushing my life with. True, He is everywhere, always. But maybe, before The Gift List, I thought of Him as further off, not so close. When I started to see all the things that I love bestowed upon me, I started to see Him as near, present, everywhere, showering me with good things. Seeing the things I love all around me gives me eyes to see that I am loved, that He loves me.” Ann Voskamp

For the past several months, I’ve followed the Gift List where she lists her blessings… and I’ve been changed. I’ve begun mentally listing mine and praising my Father for them. And in so doing, I can almost feel his arms around me. I agree with Ann. The more I thank my Father for His good gifts, the more I see His love in the common things of everyday. Every day is indeed a gift from His hand!

I’ve decided to start a Gift List of my own. I can think of no better way to begin a new week than thankful so my goal is to add to it on Sundays until I get to (at least) 100. It is my prayer that my Gift List will draw me closer to the One who gives.

Today, November 14th, I am grateful for

1. A little note slipped to Daniel by our eleven year old daughter during today’s sermon asking a very thought-provoking question about something our pastor said. So thankful for my husband who leads our family spiritually. Thankful for spiritual questions from the children and the opportunity and privilege to answer them.

2. The sweet voice of my Sarah singing “Mighty To Save” in church today. I quit singing myself so I could hear her better.

3. A birthday for my youngest this week. I prayed for this child years before she was born. I am still amazed at God’s goodness in blessing us with a fifth daughter. She brings us so much joy!

4. Christina, who worked so hard on Esther’s cake.

5. A twirly dress. Yes, a three year old in a twirly dress is just cute.

6. My mother who bought the twirly dress. I think of her every time my little one spins.

7. My teen daughters who skipped to the van after church with locked arms singing “The Star Spangled Banner” in harmony. Their choir will be singing this at a basketball game this week and they were unashamed to practice in the parking lot. I’m thankful that they giggle with one another. So thankful.

8. “The First Noel“, played for over an hour this afternoon as a duet by two of my pianists.

9. Three ballerinas who shopped with me for glitter for their angel faces for The Promise. How I love them! I pray they never outgrow the joy of being girly and glittery.

10. My block where I can run while viewing the beauty of the mountains. It is worshipful indeed.

11. A no-cook Sunday. Our church served lunch to small group leaders and it was wonderful! We enjoyed leftover pizza for dinner. A day off kitchen duty certainly is restful!

12. My husband who washed the dishes after dinner. There weren’t many, but a no-dishes Sunday makes a no-cook Sunday all the better.

13. A late night talk with my oldest. It drew us closer and I am so grateful she will communicate “teen-agery” issues with me!

14. A compliment that my child is a good helper in the nursery.

15. A letter from a little girl in Ghana who received a shoe box (Operation Christmas Child) from Bethany last year. What an unexpected gift! We now have a young child in Africa to add to our prayer list.

16. Family movie night. I like all eight of us being in the same room.

17. (The best of all!) My son who just brought me a letter where he professed that for the first time ever, he not only has hope in God but faith in God. Today he knows he is a believer. Our pastor answered some deep and intellectual questions that my son has had and struggled with for years. Nathan knows he is saved!

Seventeen is an odd number to end a list, but I can think of nothing better than the contents of Nathan’s letter! So this week, I’ll end with 17 gifts!