Monday, January 9, 2012

Counting Again...

This act of sacrificing thank offerings to God -    - this prepares the way for God to show us His fullest salvation from bitter, angry, resentful lives and from all sin that estranges us from Him.  At the Eucharist, Christ breaks His heart to heal ours - Christ, the complete accomplishment of our salvation.  And the miracle of eucharisteo never ends:  thanksgiving is what precedes the miracle of that salvation being fully worked out in our lives.  Thankgiving - giving thanks in everything - is what prepares the way for salvation's whole restoration.
~ Ann Voskamp, one thousand gifts, a word to live...and die by

I started this book a year ago, and put it aside.  Other thoughts pressed in, life changes happened.  But  the book made it's way into my hands again, and the oxygen of gratitude that the LORD breathes into my soul lungs continues on.  As I desire to leave a heritage of bitterness in the past, and to pursue my FATHER with a wholehearted love, the counting begins again, on the computer, in words, in photographs, on an electronic device, on a white board in the dining room, on a family calendar.  We will offer the sacrifice of thanks throughout our days, whether in or out and wait expectantly for the whole restoration.

  • gifts as we start a new year #660-672
  • Creative nieces, reflecting their creative Maker
  •  A pile of sisters, cousins asleep in the back bedroom
  • My husband and my dad, dreaming of spring time adventures
  • Long hair flying
  • Late night forgiveness, grace, unconditional love between a grandfather and a struggling boy
  • Candy affirmations, hunt for the beautiful, cheery, uniquely presented kind for the precious rhombus peg among all these round pegs
  • Grief washed by understanding.  The cycle of dementia is being repeated, but this time it is different.  This time it is washed and carried by grace.
  • Girls with New Year sparklers
  • Girls and Boys and Men with New Year firecrackers, loud and bright

  • Puzzles at both houses to slow us down as we connect pieces and people
  •  Filling a pew, worshiping together
  • Pink mountain in the morning

1 comment:

  1. Its so good to see you blogging again friend! I have missed seeing you here (and on the FIAR boards). This is a beautiful post! Are you counting with your girls too? I haven't formally started this - but want to. I think my word for the year is going to be "gratitude" or more simply "giving thanks". I need to learn how to better be thankful for ALL things.

    Hugs to you friend!


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