Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 8

Yesterday, I started to answer some questions that you might have about The Thankfulness Experiment.  Today I'm focusing on "Why 10,000 reasons?"  In case you're wondering, it was not just a random number that I came up with.  The number 10,000 is actually based on the song 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman.  It's an amazing worship song that reminds us that we all have so many reasons to be thankful.  My favorite verse says: "The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning.  It's time to sing Your song again.  Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes." I love this verse because it reminds me that I need to be thankful when the day is over, even if it was a rough day.  Blogging helps me put this into practice.  And here's a link to to 10,000 Reasons if you'd like to listen to it:

Today's thankful list is actually based on a rough lesson I've learned over the past 24 hours.  Do you have something in your life that you know you should do, but you avoid doing it because you don't like it?  For me, it's organizing my house.  I can organize an event, a birthday party, and my calendar with the best of 'em... but when it comes to organizing my house, I avoid it like the plague.  Clutter doesn't bother me too much, however, my hubby is not a fan.  Honestly, he is very patient with me in this area, but sometimes, he's ready for some action.  And yesterday, we had a discussion about getting the house organized... and while I was not a fan of adding this to my To Do List, I was convicted because I knew he was right.  After our discussion, I went to a Wednesday night Bible Study and one topic we discussed was honoring our husbands.  Ouch!  God knew I needed some further motivation for taking action on the stacks around the house.  And then, God wasn't done with me yet, because when I completed my homework for my Thursday Bible Study, it was on being undisciplined... can you believe it?  Double ouch!! 

So, when my small group met this morning and our facilitator asked if this week's homework hit home with anyone, guess who had to speak up?  You got it - me!  And I was encouraged to find out that I'm not the only one who struggles with home organization.  The best outcome from the discussion was some great tips and ideas on making organization more fun.  So after this morning, I'm in a much better place about home organization.  God knew I needed a double whammy to get my attention, and now I have a game plan too.  :) 

So here's what I'm thankful for today...

1.  God loving me enough to go to such efforts to get my attention regarding organization
2.  My Bible Study friends who encouraged me and gave me great ideas about reframing my mindset on organization
3.  The two binders I bought to get started on a small organization project... you know, get some small wins under your belt before moving onto the bigger stuff...
4.  Impromptu family game night and watching my 7 year old help his brother play Uno Moo
5.  Catching up with my best friend from graduate school

Here's to 10,000 reasons... only 9,040 to go...


  1. Today I am thankful for:
    1. A great conversation with a close friend I miss dearly :)
    2. An encouraging meeting with a coworker
    3. A great workout
    4. Getting to start my morning with a wonderful group of friends
    5. Snuggling up with my girls to read Fox in Socks before bed.

  2. I am thankful for hot showers.
    I am thankful for the encouragement of a missionary to be bold for our precious Lord.
    I am thankful that I was able to share who God is to me personally in a facebook conversation with non-believers yesterday.
    I am thankful that the Lord blessed my husband and I with a home that showcases His creation. What a way to start each day!
    I am thankful for my husband and that we are celebrating his birthday today!

  3. I am thankful for the hug from my 16 year old son before he headed off to bed last night
    I am thankful that 3 sweet young ladies could stay at my house last night while in town for a conference.
    I am thankful for my bible study friends encouraging me with organization (I cleaned the frig yesterday:) I hope to organize my side of the bedroom closet today!
    I am thankful that my daughter asked me to help her with her college paper:)
    I am thankful for the beautiful Fall weather!
    Laurie W.

    1. Laurie ! The frig is also where I started :-)

    2. Congratulations, Laurie, on knocking another organization project off your list. I did get started yesterday... for about 15 minutes until my hole punch broke. Thankfully, my hubby fixed it so I can knock some more organization out tonight.

  4. I am a little late getting started here but have been writing down my thankfulness.
    1-Thankful for the motivation to get healthy and get to the gym
    2-I am thankful for my sweet daughter who is growing up to fast and has a heart for God and to serve others even if she has to not get something
    3-I am thankful for the light at the end of tunnel of a situation that has been looming around us
    4- I am thankful for Emmaus/Chrysalis/REC and how they have impacted not only my life but my families and that God has given me the opportunity to serve as a lay director in January and wouldn't you know our theme song is 10,000 Reasons :)
    5- I am thankful for a young girl who thinks I am mentoring her and yet she is teaching me so much.

    1. Hi Sherrie! Thanks so much for joining the experiment. How exciting that you are a lay director in January and 10,000 Reasons is the theme song! God's praises will be ringing all weekend. I was on Louisville Walk #127 and sat at the table of Anna - clap! Welcome and I'm so glad you're part of the experiment.

  5. 1. For the great preschool my son attends - who love on him when he's away
    2. For my husband's love and concern for me when I'm not feeling well
    3. For being able to watch my boys play Just Dance Disney version - what fun!
    4. For my boys' imaginations
    5. For great hugs

    Meredith B.

  6. 1. My friend, Bonnie's, sense of humor.It's wholesome & fun!
    2. Time alone at home to clean the house. I like to crank up WAY FM and clean.
    3. The beautiful gold leaves on the tree in our front yard.
    4. My daughter's school.
    5. Prayer.

    Debbie D.

  7. I am thankful for:

    1. People all over the world who are serving the Lord,
    2. New glasses on order, with which to see better,
    3. My husband home, safe and sound, after being gone a week,
    4. Celebrating someone's straight A report card!
    5. The Lord's reminder to practice Ephesians 4:2 today, "be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love."

  8. Ashley A.

    I am thankful for:
    1. Getting a head start on packing for my trip.
    2. Laughing with my best friend.
    3. Hot coffee in the mornings.
    4. An early morning talk with my brother.
    5. No plans so I can have a lazy night!

  9. I am thankful:
    1. my husband is home tonight after working a 48 hour shift.
    2. the weather will be nice this weekend.
    3. for the family game night we're getting ready to have.
    4. for the sweet memories as I looked at photos last night.
    5. I can pray whenever I want!

  10. I am thankful for...

    I did some Christmas shopping.

  11. 1. For the great friends my daughters have.
    2. For the heart God gave my daughter for other people and
    3. For the youth leaders that encourage her.
    4. Friday nights (relaxed but with anticipation of good things to come- or at least lack of work-related, stress inducing things).
    5. For my creative talents.

  12. I am thankful for:
    1. going out to dinner with my mom and dad at my favorite restaurant
    2. some warmer weather
    3. one of the sweet girls i babysit for gave me a big hug when she got off the school bus and that made me smile :)
    4. a relaxing weekend where i dont have to do a ton of things
    5. my dad being home from Indianapolis

  13. 1. I am thankful for the laughter heard while my daughter played with her girlfriends.

    2. I am thankful for spending time with a dear friend and being able to love on her.

    3. I am thankful for the wonderful nurses that love on my daughter during our twice a week trips to Kosair.

    4. I am thankful for strawberry milkshakes shared with a brave 2 year old.

    5. I am thankful for fun conversations with my husband.

  14. 1.I am thankful I could Pay It Forward at Starbucks this morning. Even better, not just one, but two people benefitted!

    2.I am thankful I have coworkers that want to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    3.I am thankful for getting out of work early, for a change.

    4.I am thankful I can help out friends whose dog sitter cancelled on them. Thankful to have Savannah again!

    5.I am thankful to be able to share dinner with friends traveling on their way out of town.


  15. 1. I am thankful for pinterest
    2. I am thankful for my mom and dad
    3. I am thankful for Gilmore Girls
    4. I am thankful for the girls on my floor
    5. I am thankful for my TA telling me about a potential job

  16. 1. A car with great gas mileage
    2. Play dates with Toby
    3. Sleeping in
    4. Barefoot blue jean nights outside
    5. Pedicures