Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 13

Congratulations everyone!  We reached another milestone today... our 1,500 mark!  Thank you for partnering with me on our journey to 10,000 reasons.  I just hung the ornament on the Thankfulness Tree and here's the picture:

Don't you love it when you hear your favorite song on the radio?  It's so fun to jam along with the tune - and even sing out loud (as long as you don't mind strange looks from others if you're really getting into it).  It's special when you hear your favorite song because there are so many songs out there to play.  I remember, back in the day of cassette tapes (wow - does this make me feel old!), that I wanted to tape a song off the radio for my brother's birthday.  I called the radio station and made the request, and then waited around, for what felt like hours, until they finally played it.  I quickly hit the record button and successfully taped the song (which is a pretty big achievement for a non-techno gal like me).  I'm definitely thankful that we don't have to do that anymore!
Today was a banner day for me in the radio department.  Now, you may have a hard time believing this, but I heard all three of my favorite songs on the radio AND each of my son's favorite songs too.  Is that miracle or what?  Definitely something to add to my thankful list for the day.  And more importantly, I recognize that this was a miracle and a total blessing from God because God and I had just finished working through a wrestling match that I didn't even realize I was in until He brought me to my knees.  God won through His gentle conviction and then opened my eyes to His power and His control over things in my life.  He even opened my eyes to the fact that He loved me so much that He was willing to withhold certain things to get my attention.  Was it a painful process?  Absolutely!  But it was totally worth it because I learned that God will do whatever it takes for me to become the lady He designed me to be. 
After all these revelations, I needed to put my memory verse into practice for this week (Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make know among the nations what He has done.  Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.  Psalm 105:1-2).  By playing all my favorite songs on the radio, I was able to sing praises to God all afternoon, and my sons even jammed with me!   
I noticed that the verses for last week and this week have something in common besides some form of "thanks."  Both verses also talk about songs/singing.  Psalm 69:30 says "I will praise God's name in song and worship Him with thanksgiving."  Psalm 105:2 says "Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts."  Seems like there could be a link between thanksgiving and singing praises... 
So, I'm gonna ask you to do something a little bit crazy today... only if you're up for it though. In addition to listing 5 things you're thankful for today on the blog, I'd also like to invite you to share your favorite praise and worship song.  (This is an option, not a requirement... you can absolutely just list your 5 reasons.)  I can't wait to see what songs you love!
Today, I am thankful for...
1.  God loving me enough to do whatever it takes to transform me into the lady He wants me to become
2.  Hearing all my favorite songs on the radio... and a bonus of my son's favorite songs too!
3.  Having leftover muffins for my boys to enjoy... and to use as leverage for good behavior with one certain three year old
4.  Drinking a cup of my favorite Chai Tea Latte - mmmmm!
5.  Using coupons to buy the Chai Tea Latte
My Favorite Songs (right now... and I'm throwing in the boy's songs too)
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
Not for a Moment (After All) by Meredith Andrews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD0cvWImVjA
One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_KXsMCJgBQ
God is Not Dead by The News Boys (my three year old)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghC3gqNQJPQ
Me without You by TobyMac (my seven year old)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qGa5rIOB28
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 8,376 to go...


  1. (1) I am thankful that I got up early again to exercise.
    (2) I am thankful that Atley feels better and was really good today. (She told me she was on Santa's good list today.)
    (3) I am thankful that Ronnie and I were invited by Heather and the boys to go to The U of L football complex to see some of the players and to tour the complex. Some of the players even signed Patricks notebook and Heather got pictures.
    (4) I am thankful that we had dinner with Heather and the boys.
    (5) I am thankful for being able to sit down and read this evening. (6) I am thankful that I have the freedom to listen to Christian music at my meals.I don't really have a favorite song ,I enjoy them all. I love watching my grandchildren sing the songs they love so well.

  2. Today I am thankful for:
    1-I was up early to go to the gym and had a great conversation with my workout buddy Ben
    2-That Lilly has such a big heart and wants to help others around her
    3-For unexpected praise at my job
    4-For my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Les who may never know the impact that they have had my life
    5-Music, I love music and it is one of my favorite ways to worship
    6-Brother Timo and his wife Sipra who have come into our church and our lives and are such a blessing to all
    7-For our Sunday night Pause service, it truly is one of my favorite times of the week
    8- For my friend who has followed Gods plan for her life and seeing the results
    9-Sunrises and sunsets
    10-For my devotion book Jesus Calling

  3. I am 7 days behind so this is going to be long
    1. I am thankful for my parents
    2. I am thankful for my younger brother who loves his niece and nephew
    3. I am thankful for my In laws who are truly another set of patents to me
    4.i am thankful for my grandma and grandpa showing me that a marriage is not ment to broken
    5.i am thankful for my aunt who I look up to as a Christian woman.
    1. I am thankful for my hearing so I can hear my babies laugh and try to talk
    2. I thankful foru vision even tho I need glasses I can still see my wonserful family
    3. I am thankful for my ability to feel by touch I never knew how important touch was until God pleased me with Toby.
    4. I am thankful for the passents God has giving me
    5. I am thankful for my ability to walk never knew what a challenge it was to well before Toby
    1. I am thankful for desposable diapers
    2. I am thankful for formula since I couldn't breast feed
    3. I am thankful for husband helping raise two amazing kids
    4. I am thankful for medication with out it both me and my son would have seizures more frequent
    5. I am thankful for bath time where the kids can play and get ready for bed
    Day 4.
    1. I am thankful for locks with out then I would 2 monsters on the run
    2. I am thankful for cribs to contain the kiddos while doing laundry ect
    3. I am thankful for blankets to keep us warm and smuggly
    4. I am thankful for stain removers
    5. I am thankful for soap so we can smell pretty

  4. Day 5
    1. I am thankful for nap time
    2. I am thankful for coffee
    3. I am thankful for special needs schools
    4. I am thankful my daughter is "normal" and doesn't have anything wrong with her
    5. I am thankful for Toby's ability to eat and thrive so he is not on a feeding tube
    1. I am thankful to be able to educate people on Angelsmans and epilepsy
    2. I am thankful for snow boots to keep my feet warm
    3. I am thankful fo get to hold my kids everyday
    4. I am thankful God hasn't called Toby home yet
    5. I am thankful for all the other parents that have or had a special needs child for they have paved a road for me. The road is still bumpy but a lot smoother than before

  5. Day 7
    1. I am thankful for music
    2. I am thankful for smiles
    3. I am thankful for words of encouragement
    4. I am thankful our safety
    5. I am thankful for the chance of seasons

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    i am thankful for this beautiful day!
    i am thankful for my family's health.
    i am thankful for dear friends who understand me.
    i am thankful for my husband.
    i am thankful for my life.

  7. 1. I am thankful when my sleepy grandson decides to snuggle in my lap.
    2. I am thankful for productive days because they make me feel like I'm not wasting that day.
    3. I am thankful for family that extends beyond blood relatives.
    4. I am thankful for my Cajun heritage.
    5. I am thankful and appreciative that our sovereign God is able to use EVERYTHING and ANYONE to accomplish His purpose and plan.

  8. 1) I am thankful for praise and worship songs. I love so many worship songs but a few that come to mind are Revelation Song, by Philips, Craig and Dean, Indescribable by Christ Tomlin, Ancient Words by Michael W. Smith, We will Dance (on Streets that are Golden) by Vineyard.
    2) I am thankful for my 19 year old daughter's sweet words of encouragement that blessed my heart.
    3) I am thankful for my husband taking me to the chiropractor today and and the help I received for my lumbar sprain:)
    4) I am thankful that my son enjoys his c-group with guys from school
    5) I am thankful for this bible study and blog helping me to grow in praise & thankfulness.
    Laurie W

  9. 1. For a quiet evening to myself
    2. For great worship
    3. For all the children's workers at church
    4. For the Holiday Season coming up
    5. For my niece who turned 19 today!
    As for the worship songs, I might have to go a little bit old school here with Blessed Assurance,
    Trust and Obey, It is Well with My Soul, Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior and a little newer one Jesus Paid It All


  10. I am thankful for:
    1. the breakfast my kids made me. Such sweetness!
    2. the chance to meet a godly young lady who is new to town.
    3. the ability to laugh as the drain in my sink ruptured into Niagara Falls...the floor needed to be mopped anyway.
    4. that the fumes in my gas tank got me to work without having to walk or, worse yet, push the car the rest of the way.
    5. getting my baking done for the weekend.

    Worship songs: Me Without You-TobyMac, Good Morning-Mandisa, Amazing Grace

  11. 1. For how much fun I had dancing with my students today.
    2. For getting to wear sweats to work.
    3. Texting.
    4. Ms. Bonnie working with children's choir.
    5. And I know I've said this before, but every time I get to hold my friend's sweet little newborn, I a flooded with precious memories, God's miracle, hope for the future, and just a feeling of peace. I can't get enough.

  12. I found myself being thankful today for:
    1. My super comfy sneakers
    2. Scrambled eggs
    3. The lemony smell of pledge furniture polish.
    4. My iPhone dock - it has speakers so I can hear my music all thru the house while I'm cleaning :-)
    5. Pennants and colorful birthday decorations
    6. Yankee candles especially the scents - Christmas at the beach and pink sands.
    7. Contentment
    8. Special k chocolate delight cereal
    9. My book light
    10. LLAMAS !!!!!!!! I can't believe I am just now mentioning them :-)
    I love praise music !
    I'm alive-
    Peter Furler
    Alright - MercyMe
    Brandon Heath - the whole "leaving Eden" album
    Brit Nicole - Have your way
    Kari Jobe - Steady my heart
    Matt Maher - Heaven and Earth
    Rhett Walker Band - All I need, Make me new, Gonna Be Alright

  13. 1. I am thankful for surviving my job interview
    2. I am thankful for being done with my speech
    3. I am thankful for m&ms
    4. I am thankful for finishing half of my sim paper
    5. I am thankful for having class cancelled so I could hang out with my brother

  14. 1. I am thankful for pajamas and the ability to stay in them all day.

    2. I am thankful for delivery pizza and cheese sticks after a long 24 hours.

    3. I am thankful for watching little girls play.

    4. I am thankful for a strong, godly husband.

    5. I am thankful for the power and comfort of prayer.

  15. 1. Pb&j
    2. Negative test results
    3. Heat without humidity
    4. My hair straightener so that I can actually look decent before the humidity takes over
    5. How I feel after becoming a vegan