“That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave” (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are).
“God is good and I am always loved” (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are).
“The whole of the life — even the hard — is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up” (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are).
Yeah, just when you thought I was done with this series, I resuscitate it and bring it back from the world wide graveyard. I’m not even close to being finished with all these thousand and more gifts I’ve received in my lifetime. It’s probably closer to 10,000. Actually, if I were completely honest, there’d be no way to count the blessings in my life for no human number goes that high. So I’ll do my best, starting at #1,036.
1,036) Yet more good coffee and conversation with another friend at Frothy Monkey (after a bit of confusion as to which Frothy Monkey).
1,037) When I stop comparing myself to others and instead compare myself to where I used to be.
1,038) Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.
1,039) Seeing my Romanian friend and sister-in-Christ happily married.
1,040) Rubbing my bare feet against carpet.
1,041) Not getting elbowed in the head or having my bare feet stepped on during volleyball games.
1,042) That possibly the best days and moments of my life are still yet to come.
1,043) Not getting counted off anymore for split infinitives.
1,044) Friends who actually make time to keep up with me and encourage me regularly.
1,045) All the old episodes of Are You Being Served?
1,046) Memories of watching TV as a kid with my uncle in the old camper on our property in Christiana.
1,047) That I’m not named after an airline.
1,048) Anticipating yet another Jonny Lang album coming out in September.
1,049) My gigantic over-the-ears headphones that I use to listen to music late at night sometimes.
1,050) Making up words when I don’t know the actual lyrics to a song.
1,051) Finding out what the actual lyrics are to a song I’ve been singing wrong all this time.
1,052) Just about any movie or TV show featuring Judi Dench.
1,053) Catching up with Union University classmates.
1,054) Ditto for Briarcrest classmates.
1,055) That God loves the crazy people as much as the “sane” ones.
1,056) The short spontaneous conversation I had with the girl named Rebecca who was reading that Mark Batterson book.
1,057) Every one of the 300+ pictures I took at the Set Free VBS this year.
1,058) Seeing those kids being prayed over and loved on and shown Jesus.
1,059) Every time the Kingdom of God takes back a person or a place from the kingdom of darkness.
1,060) Mastering the art of making pimento cheese.
1,061) Saying the words “pimento cheese.”
1,062) Classic devotionals by people like Oswald Chambers and Charles Spurgeon.
1,063) Bowling a game over 100.
1,064) Silence. Sometimes.
1,065) That even my fidelity to God is a gift from God (thanks to Thomas Merton for that one.
1,066) Friends who know the song in my heart and can sing it back to me when I’ve forgotten the words.
1,067) Any old Frank Capra movie.
1,068) Not being in a hurry all the time.
1,069) Knowing that I have an Advocate and Defender who pleads for me before the Throne of God.
1,070) Not nearly being close to finished with these lists.