thankful: 11.1.12

thank·ful \ˈthaŋk-fəl\

1: conscious of benefit received

2: expressive of thanks

3. well pleased

Having fairly recently read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts (which everyone should read– twice, probably), I’ve been keeping a running journal list of blessings for the past several months. It’s not something I’ve been faithful to do every day, but I definitely feel I experience a greater joy on the days I am intentional to see God’s grace in my life. Because really, it’s all grace, every moment of every day. And so a list of things to be thankful for, while expected in November, shouldn’t be reserved for one day or one month of the year. I want to be thankful because in my consciousness of His goodness, in my expression of gratitude, I see God. 

I want to be more thankful. I want to see more of God. Listing blessings on journal pages helps, and I suspect that committing to list them here each day this month will, too. 

“Life changing gratitude does not fasten to a life unless 
nailed through with one very specific nail at a time.” 
– Ann Voskamp

And so today (or yesterday, rather, to begin November 1st) I am thankful for: 

– My neighbor who lets me raid her closet for my old clothes and loans me socks because it happens to be freezing and raining and not exactly the summer heat I packed for. Thanks, Amy!

– A house with four walls and a solid roof to keep out of said rain and fierce wind. The things we take for granted! I doubt the children I see each day can all say the same. 

– God’s provision in bringing Harry and Bobby Bisher to Sunbury. They seem to be so well suited to meet the needs here; what an answer to prayer!

– A smooth relearning experience in driving stick. On the opposite side of the road. In lots of mud. 

– Dad Langley, who celebrated his 60th birthday this week. We couldn’t ask for a better pastor or father/in-law. 

– Restored electricity.

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