Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day 60

Don't you love it when someone tells you thank you?  It makes you feel good to know that something you did made a difference.  My three year old came in the other day and said "Thanks for washing my beach shirt and my kicking pants."  That was all he wanted... to let me know that he appreciated the fact that his favorite clothes were washed and ready for wear.  It was so sweet, especially because laundry can be one of those tasks that you don't get much thanks for.  It's something that can easily be taken for granted.  But wow - when someone notices, it makes you wanna do it more... OK, maybe just a little bit more if it's laundry...

I think God takes great delight when we give Him thanks.  He blesses us in so many ways that we can't even begin to count them.  The fact that I'm sitting at my computer typing while my heart beats completely on its own, or the fact that I can see with glasses, or that I can hear the TV playing in the living room, or that I can taste the yummy popcorn and hot apple cider I had while watching a movie tonight.  These things don't usually make it on my thankful list because I take them for granted.  But when we do notice these simple blessings and let God know, I think it brings Him great joy just like my son thanking me for doing his laundry brought me joy.  I love it that we can thank God every day, all day long by putting 1 Thessalonians 5:18 into practice:  Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus

So tonight, as you post your thankful list, I'd like to encourage you to include some things that you might take for granted.  Let God open our eyes to even more blessings that He is pouring over us each and every day.  Let us say "You are my God, and I will give You thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt You.  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  Psalm 118:28-29

Tonight, I am thankful for...

1.  My heart beat
2.  The ability to breathe on my own
3.  My ears that hear noises all around me
4.  My voice that I can speak
5.  My hands that I can write, type, cook, hold, touch, and feel
6.  My eyes that I can see
7.  My health
8.  My family - intermediate and extended
9.  A warm house that's filled with everything we need
10.  A fireplace that not only works, but is also in use right now
11.  My hubby who serves God and loves my boys and me so much
12.  Sunshine on a cold day
13.  Going to the grocery by myself
14.  A new recipe to try for New Year's Eve
15.  Heat in the car
16.  Red Robin
17.  What's Your Story
18.  God working in our lives each and every day
19.  Compliments
20.  Six ladies registering for the Winter Retreat today
21.  Christmas decorations still up
22.  The love of friends
23.  God knowing everything that goes on and His presence hovering around us at every second
24.  God's faithfulness to me... even when I wander or doubt
25.  The power of speaking out when you struggle and how that can help set you free
26.  Clean water
27.  Hot water
28.  Indoor plumbing
29.  Microwave popcorn and hot apple cider
30.  Family movie night
31.  Snuggling

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 3,308 to go...


  1. I am thankful for:
    1. amazing testimonies of God's love, strength, and work in peoples lives
    2. the courageous people who shared at church this morning
    3. that even men can cry openly when hearing powerful testimony
    4. my daughter's happiness at going through the car wash
    5. new crossword puzzles
    6. Star Trek - Voyager
    7. the flying cheesecake, and the laughter it brought

  2. I am thankful for...
    1. Spending time with my 90 year old grandpa
    2. Laughing at my grandpa's childhood stores
    3. Remembering special times with my grandpa
    4. The memories I shared with my grandma and how quickly they return when I enter my gtandpa's house
    5. A dad who always makes sure I know how much he loves me
    6. A mom that is so hard to say goodbye to even if the next visit is only 3 weeks away
    7. A reliable car that allows us to travel out of state whenever we want
    8. Money to pay for gas
    9. A movie to distract my daughter on the ride home
    10. My son sleeping the whole ride home
    11. Not having to stop even once in the ride home
    12. Conversation with a dear friend
    13. Breathing without noticing
    14. Arms to hold my children as long as I want
    15. The ability to walk
    16. Eyes to see the beauty of snow
    17. Feeling the cold winter air
    18. A son who loves to eat even if that means little sleep during the night
    19. A trip to the grocery store by myself
    20. Getting 3 loads of laundry finished
    21. Places to store things
    22. Friendships that are so meaningful
    23. Food to eat
    24. Water to drink
    25. A roof over my head to keep my family dry and warm

  3. 1. memories
    2. snow
    3. break from work
    4.time with the family
    5.visiting friends


  4. 1. For good test results
    2. For God showing me not to take my husband for granted
    3. For sweet little babies
    4. For children enjoying their grandparents
    5. For a friend who seems to be doing better tonight(the first time I've heard her laugh in a while)
    6. For feelin useful
    7. For two more days off from school
    8. For good books


  5. AmandaL.
    I'm thankful for all of the testimony today at church.
    I'm thankful for syd .
    I'm thankful for life .
    I'm thankful that I made it to 60days with this blog .
    I'm thankful for Cosmo.

  6. I am thankful for
    1.Having a car so I can go to church.
    2.Having a Christian husband to go to church with.
    3.Working with forth and fifth graders.
    4.Taking a nap.
    5.Going to Sam's to get snacks for our trip.
    6.Finding sweat pants and a U of L shirt to wear on the bus to the Sugar Bowl.
    7.Being able to go to the Sugar Bowl with my husband.
    8.Having a restful day.
    9.Having popcorn and a doughnut for dinner.
    10.Rading a book I really enjoy.
    11.Going to bed a little later then usual.

    7.89.My warm house.
    10.Staying up a little

  7. I am thankful for:
    1. Heather - my dear,sweet,thoughtful, bold, brave Prayer Warrior Friend.
    2. Sight
    3. Smell
    4. Touch
    5. Hearing
    6. Mobility
    7. Music
    8. Food
    9. Warmth
    10. Shelter
    11. Safety
    12. GOD's word
    13. Freedom to worship GOD
    14. The mental capacity to read, reason, understand, and apply GOD's word in my life.
    15. Communication skills
    16. Trustworthy friends and family
    17. Evergreen plants and trees
    18. Candlelight
    19. Silk
    20. Flannel
    21. Terrycloth
    22. Denim
    23. Cotton
    24. Fleece
    25. Leather
    26. Wool
    27. Lace
    28. Paper
    29. Ink
    30. Love letters
    31. 18 Mother's Day cards that have the outline of my children's hands at the age given to me.
    32. Time to nap before the big New Years Eve party at church tonight - YOLO 8-8- hoot! Just proves we're crazy :-)
    Bonnie Lawrence

  8. I am thankful for:
    1. the Lord's blessings upon me and my family in 2012
    2. husband's job
    3. son's school and all the unique opportunities he's had this year
    4. daughter's school, job, and friends
    5. the power of prayer
    6. the privilege of praying for others
    7. friends who find me worthy of seeking advice from
    8. finding everything I needed to buy at the store
    9. 2 new Christmas presents I used today for the first time - and how they lived up to their claims
    10. brocoli

  9. Lord, thank you for ....
    1) my sight to see my family, friends, your creation, etc
    2) my good health so I am able to serve my family and others, rather than needing someone to take care of me (which may happen in the future)
    3) my strong legs that enable me to run and get to wherever I need to go
    4) my hearing so I can hear music, worship songs, laughter, people talking/sharing their heart, etc
    5) your Spirit within me