Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 12

You have heard of a smart phone... and if I had to guess, most of you probably own a smart phone.  But, have you ever heard of a smart sink?  Me neither, until I discovered that I actually have a smart sink today.  The faucet on my sink is a two-in-one deal... we don't have a separate sprayer.  Instead, there is a button on the head of the sink that allows me to switch from a single stream into crazy spray, as my three year old likes to call it.  I was doing dishes this afternoon and used the crazy spray to rinse off a bowl.  When I turned the sink back on, it had automatically switched back to the single stream.  Amazing!  (And a little embarrassing because I've had this faucet for several months now...)  I wasn't sure it really happened, so I tried it again, and Ta Da!  The faucet switched from crazy stream to single stream just by turning it off.  Pretty fancy stuff in my book. 

My desire is for my automatic reaction to be thankfulness, regardless of what's going on... kinda like my smart sink.  When something happens, I want my automatic single stream to be thankfulness, instead of the crazy spray of doubt, fear, anger, frustration... and whatever negative thoughts that can so easily consume.  I want to shut off the negative and turn on my single stream of thanksgiving.  Now, I've got a long way to go with this.  For example, when my son stepped in vomit in the parking lot tonight, my initial reaction was frustration.  And while I was thankful my friend had a bag to put the soiled shoes in, it still took me a while to flip from frustration to being thankful that my son was healthy and not the one throwing up.  But after 66 days of being thankful, hopefully I'll be a lot more like my smart faucet - choosing to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for us in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  I hope you are closer to this too!

The memory verse I'm learning this week is Psalm 105:1-2:  Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.  Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.  I love how these verses remind us to not only give thanks, but to also tell others how God is blessing our lives.  We aren't supposed to keep these blessings a secret - and by listing your thankful list on the blog, you are doing just that... making known among the nation what He has done. 

So, here's what I'm thankful for tonight...

  1. The sound of rain hitting the windows
  2. Singing Toby Mac’s “Me Without You” at breakfast with the boys – what an energizing way to start the day!
  3. Quiet time with God this morning
  4. My favorite, over sized, comfy sweatshirt and my 3 year old sticking his feet in the kangaroo pocket and giggling mischievously
  5. Learning the importance of “lightly beating” the egg BEFORE putting it in my favorite muffin recipe… and making the recipe enough times to realize I made a mistake before baking them
  6. The smell of homemade muffins filling the house
  7. My 7 year old completing his Extreme Dot to Dot – all 721 of them!  In case you can't tell, it's a mummy in a sarcophagus. 
    Here's to 10,000 reasons... only 8,531 to go...


  1. 1. Hot coffee
    2. Hot shower
    3. Warm toasty bed
    4. Happy tween this morning
    5. Official start day of my new position at work
    6. No rain
    7. Peanut butter toast
    8. Lunches packed
    9. Dressed and ready to go
    10. Girls that make me laugh at 6:30am
    Tina C

    1. Congratulations on starting your new job today! You will do fantastic! :)

  2. Purple Pam
    1) Thankful that my friend, Ken's new heart, is working GOOD! He's already been up & walking less than 48 hrs after receiving it!!!!
    2)Thankful that my friend, Martha, brain tumor is DEAD!!!
    3)Thankful that God still performs miracles, even if He uses Drs to do it!
    4)Thankful for Tiff's excitement with the holidays, she keeps me smiling.
    5)Thankful for a good working furnace.
    6)Thankful for bacon,yeah, I said it!
    7)Thankful that I have extra clothes & junk & such that I can give them away to charities.
    8)Thankful for warm coats on crisp mornings
    9)Thankful that most of the stuff I need from the grocery always seems to be on sale.
    10)Thankful for life & one more day closer to You, Lord!

  3. 1. I am thankful for the bravest 2 year old I know.

    2. I am thankful for God's strength to do things as parents that are not otherwise possible without Him.

    3. I am thankful for family and friends that pray my family "through the roof."

    4. I am thankful for bananas and goldfish crackers.

    5. I am thankful for band-aids and balloons.

  4. Today I am thankful for:
    1-warm shower
    2-that I have a home to live in with heat
    3-unexpected blessings
    4-That Lilly was up this morning before I left for work
    6-that I got up and went to the gym and it was easier to get up today
    7-For Dean, my partner for the upcoming Chrysalis and how God is working through us
    8-For Daryl, my co-worker and friend and how we can unload on things to each other
    9-For Jager, my work dog and how when the say gets stressful she is there ready for a pat or two
    10-for this blog in making me see more than one thing I am thankful for

  5. 1. I am thankful for the Bible
    2. I am thankful for scarves
    3. I am thankful for my neighbor
    4. I am thankful for water
    5. I am thankful for cookies

  6. e

    1. God thank you for CHANGING charity's doctor's appointment so she CAN NOW COME TO BIBLE STUDY... we all had complete faith you would.
    2. thank you for my husband's constant attempts to always remain positive...even when he's really tired.
    3. thank you for this wonderful house that is 6 doors down from the parish's...providing carpooling and playdates- the timing has not gone unnoticed.
    4. thank you for a mom who always gets excited for me!
    5. thank you for every day of my life that you have given me!

  7. I am thankful for:
    1. my wonderful friends cheering me up today after a bad morning
    2. a fun chemistry lab at school
    3. pizza for dinner :)
    4. that its almost Thanksgiving break!
    5. my warm boots

  8. I am thankful for:
    1. Encouraging prayer partners,
    2. the color of burning bush plants,
    3. hot decaf tea with soy milk,
    4. my fuzzy blue sweatshirt,
    5. laughter

  9. 1. I am thankful for the birthday celebration our prayer group had for Camille this morning. She is so special.
    2. I am thankful for a productive day today.
    3. I am thankful to meet new people who smile and make me feel like they've known me for a long time.
    4. I am thankful for a pot of soup on a cold day.
    5. I am thankful to work for a couple of clients that I enjoy spending time with.

  10. Rosie T. is thankful for...
    .). Attending my son and daughter's Veteran's day band concert with my mom, dad and neighbor. My dad was recognized as a veteran and it brought a smile to his face!
    2.). My daughter Amelia, for doing the right thing even though she is scared.
    3.). My Divorce Recovery group that I meet with every Sunday. I have made new friends that have help me overcome the trials of divorce with dignity and strength.
    4.). Sunday mornings at Adventure!
    5.) Meeting Micah, one of my kid's friends who came over for a visit and help reprogram my laptop!
    6.). The elders of Adventure who prayed for me on Sunday. What a blessing to have men pray for me and my children.
    7.). Going to lunch with girlfriends!
    8.). A heart to heart talk with my son.
    9.). My neighbor Jenny, who came to Amelia's basketball game and sat with me.
    10.). My friend Bonnie, for her strength, time, talents, wisdom and laughter! She is a great inspiration to me and to everyone who knows her.

  11. I am thankful for-
    My friend getting good news from the Dr. - HOOT !
    Dr Chuck Lee, my Professor who I really want to bring home with me so he can talk and talk and I could just listen and listen.......
    The feeling of relief when I turned in a difficult test.
    A quarrel free afternoon spent with my Mom.
    The look on my Hubby's face when he saw that I cooked his favorite (stuffed peppers) and Eden's favorite ( red chili) for dinner tonight.
    My little fat and fluffy dog Wendybear.
    Seat heaters in my car.
    The smell of freshly bleached sheets.
    The I Love Lucy Show
    Healthy food in my frig.
    My easy going joyful daughter who is very self-reliant, encouraging, fun to be with and thoughtful !
    My name brand, new to me blue jeans that fit awesome, I found for $18
    Free sizing our wedding rings that no longer fit :-)
    Warm socks.
    Forgiveness .
    Sweet dreams
    Precious memories

  12. 1. For allergy medicine taking away my sinus headaches
    2. For good report at parent/teacher conference
    3. For my kids' schools
    4. For my Nanny and Pa who live with Jesus after long lives
    5. For cozy smells


  13. Amanda L.
    I'm thankful for my Dr.appointment that went well.
    I'm thankful for uofk basketball.
    I'm thankful for my brother understanding me today.
    I'm thankful for my smartphone.
    I'm thankful for guilt free motherhood bible study.

  14. I'm thankful for:
    1. watching Jonathan carry his Operation Christmas child box up on stage at 'big Chapel' today, as the tears streamed down my face at what God has done for him...for us, this year!
    2. a great workout that ended with my longest plank ever, with my brother in law cheering me on through the whole thing
    3. a friend who's using her painful experience to help another friend through hers
    4. having teens who make the right choices
    5. the excitement that comes from planning a surprise!

  15. I am thankful for:
    1. taking my daughter to meet with the decision counselor at church.
    2. an impromptu shopping foray with a friend.
    3. having a productive morning.
    4. heat and warm blankets.
    5. sweater weather.

  16. 176. My son getting his second deer, a 6 point buck this time,on his little brother's birthday.
    177.My 15 and 13 year old working together to butcher said deer.
    178.5 of us getting to be extras in the movie "The Song" last night (they needed more people.)
    179.The challenge from Paul to be thankful in all circumstances that he gives in the book of Philippians.
    180.For forgiveness when I sin, by God and others.
    181.For my merciful God showing me that sin is in my heart since it came out my mouth.
    Joy B

  17. 1. Fresh lemonade
    2. Strawberries
    3. Headache meds
    4. My Starbucks manager Stefanie that reached out to me this morning to make sure that I had my schedule for this week
    5. Dinner with my roomie