Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 31

As I was driving this morning, I noticed the sky.  The first thing I noticed was it was gray and cloudy.  I even took a picture to prove it:

Then, I did a double take.  Look at the picture again... do you notice anything new with a second glance?  I did... I saw sunbeams breaking through the gray clouds... and not just one sunbeam, there were tons of them.  They were so subtle.  The sunbeams were actually the same color as the clouds, just brighter.  It would have been so easy to miss them, especially while I was driving.  You know, you can't spend too much time gazing at the clouds while you're driving on curvy back roads.  But there was something else I noticed too.  While I couldn't see the sun behind the clouds, I knew it was there because a bright white glow was penetrating through.  It was pretty amazing to witness this.

You know what?  God's blessings can be just like those sunbeams.  Each day He showers us with blessings that we can so easily miss if we aren't looking for them.  Even when we are covered by the gray clouds of a trial, God is pushing through the clouds to love on us... to bless us.  The Bible even touches on this in Isaiah 9:2-3, 6:

The people walking in darkness (imagine the gray clouds of a trial here) have seen a great light (the sun's bright white glow behind the clouds... knowing God is there even when you can't feel Him at the moment).  On those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned (sunbeams breaking through the clouds).  You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder (imagine the people doing a double take because the recognize the blessings God is shining on them, and they give thanks)...  For to us a child is born, to us a son (or sun in this example) is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Parentheses are mine).

The song "Blessed Be The Name" by Matt Redman reminds us: "Every blessing you pour out Lord, I'll turn back to praise."
It's a great worship song and believe it or not, it even talks about blessing God's name when the sun is shining down on us... it ties in perfectly with sunbeams, don't you agree?  But the song also reminds us that we are to bless God when the road is marked with suffering... kinda like when the sun is hidden behind the  gray clouds of a trial.  Reminds me of 1 Thessalonians 5:18:  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for us in Christ Jesus. 

That's what this Thankfulness Experiment is all about.  It's about taking each blessing we receive and thanking God for it.  I find myself doing a double take on my day as I write my thankfulness list each night... reflecting on all the sunbeams God shined on me and turning them into praises of thanksgiving.  I can't wait to see what sunbeams you share! 

Today, I'm thankful for...

1.  Thankfulness lessons taught by sunbeams
2.  Angel Tree shopping with with some amazing company
3.  Pink pleated skirt and sparkly footless tights
4.  Tangled doll and bracelets
5.  Girlie pink pea coat
6.  Senior Iguana's Chicken Chimichanga- delish!!
7.  My red hat and Christmas shirt
8.  Driving with my sunroof open - in December!!
9.  My good friend and neighbor watching the boys
10.  Laughing with friends over dinner
11.  Getting my calendars in the mail and loving the cover picture that brings a smile to my face
12.  My parents spontaneously offering to let our boys spend the night last night
13.  Extra long quiet time this morning because of the overnighter with my parents
14.  Candles that transform the fragrance of my house from Chili to Christmas tree
15.  Jammin' to Christmas songs in the car

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 6,654 to go...


  1. I am thankful for
    Surviving Zumba
    The endorphin rush after Zumba
    Decorating for a party
    Wrapping presents
    Tying bows
    Mexican food
    hot chocolate
    Getting to watch an ice sculptor
    Horse drawn carriage rides
    My llama hair coat even though it is 3 sizes to big
    Finally finding the perfect Christmas scarf after looking for 4 years

  2. I am thankful for:
    The sunshine to work outside
    Getting my bell to ding a ling
    Being able to pray with a dear friend with the passing of her father and praying as they intubate her mother
    Talking with dear friends in Florida
    Watching my nephew bowl his 1st 102 in Special Olympics Bowling for State
    Watching Jack get 1st place in bowling
    Watching him tell his former principal about his medal
    My niece getting her restricted license so she can bring Erica home from youth

  3. I am thankful for
    1. Sleeping in
    2. Breakfast with my grandsons
    3. U of L winning basketball game in the last seconds
    4. Eating out after the game with our son and granddaughter
    5. Peppermint shake from Chick-fil-A YUM
    6. Picking out four Angels for our Sunday School Class
    7. Having 2 girls from our Sunday School Class sell
    lemonade and make eighty five dollars for the angels
    8. Counting money for the Angel Tree and not having enough
    then recounting and having fifty more dollars
    9. That God is so good

  4. I'm thankful for:
    1. church this am - and the warm, family feeling present there
    2. a yummy dinner
    3. peppermint
    4. the openness in our Life Group
    5. Studying Song of Solomon - chp 4 - in our LifeGroup - wow, what a chapter!!
    6. the family who opened their home to some happy cadets
    7. allergy medicine
    8. Dr. Scott - super thanks!

  5. I am thankful for...
    1. 5 consecutive hours of sleep!!!
    2. Two kiddos and me sleeping until 830!!!!
    3. Getting to experience something so special and meaningful with a dear friend
    4. An overly yummy lunch!!!
    5. A sleeping baby that let me finish buying gifts for my husband IN A STORE!!!
    6. Delicious chili and warm, fresh from the oven peanut butter cookies
    7. The laughter of 3 incredible little girls
    8. Being able to talk honestly with a dear friend as we try to figure out this crazy thing called motherhood and how God wants us to so it
    9. True friendship
    10. Football, football, football
    11. Feeling God's love so clearly
    12. The privilege to pray for friends
    13. Oxi-clean
    14. Laughing with my husband about nothing
    15. The joys of parenthood and God's guidance in the challenges

  6. 1. I am thankful for the great time my son is having on the church basketball team (fun to watch:)
    2. I am thankful for our son's good friendships.
    3. I am thankful for date night with my hubby.
    4. I am thankful for the opportunity to really talk with my husband about in important issue.
    5. I am thankful for this Thankfulness blog!

  7. 1. My mom
    2. Starbucks discount
    3. Drive thru food
    4. Music harmony
    5. Understanding bosses