Monday, August 08, 2011

Multitude Monday, Take 216

"As British pastor John Henry Jowett once said, 'Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.' True gratitude is not an incidental ingredient. Nor is it a stand-alone product, something that never actually intersects with life, safely denying reality out on its own little happy island somewhere. No, gratitude has a big job to do in us and in our hearts. And it is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resilience into the daily struggle of life." --Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude

Thanking God this week for...

2021. pretty summer flowers: marigolds, hydrangea, zinnias
2022. the digital photography age = thousands of photos of my kids and our life
2023. the fact that slavery was abolished long ago
2024. glasses I'm not embarrassed to wear in public
2025. being able to wear contact lenses 99% of the time

2026. Jude's first real, big bath with Elijah
2027. bathroom floor covered in water from all the splashing
2028. Elijah: "I don't wanna do hiccups, Mom! I can't do hiccups!"
2029. the way parenting forces me to go to the cross even when I don't want to
2030. reminders of Christ's servanthood and the call to serve

2031. new pens with perfect tips
2032. several wonderful hours of conversation with a friend
2033. her humble wisdom and pursuit of God
2034. freedom to speak candidly with her
2035. time away that left me feeling energized and motivated and refreshed

2036. opportunities to serve a family in need
2037. dishwasher
2038. garbage disposal
2039. the fact that Elijah didn't completely flip out and panic when he locked himself in our bedroom
2040. Steve's ability to come home early and get him out after my attempts failed

2041. piles of clean dishes
2042. ice cream on a hot afternoon
2043. boys mesmerized by video clips of themselves
2044. Elijah no longer just "helping" but actually helping
2045. Jude SO proud of himself pulling up to furniture

2046. a long, quiet evening reading an amazing book (Uncle Tom's Cabin)
2047. Steve and Elijah roughhousing and laughing
2048. making Him who knew no sin to be sin for me, so that in Him I could become righteous


Jamie said...

Oh, how I miss you...wanna come for a playdate? :)

Danielle said...

Wow, #2039 sounds like a crazy day!

Amy said...

oh, it was an adventure, let me tell you. good grief! I don't think he tripped the lock on purpose--he just slammed the door--and we have antique doorknobs, the kind with a little metal switch that slides back and forth to lock it. meaning, NOT the kind where there's a little hole in the doorknob on the outside and you can just pop the lock with a bobby pin. he couldn't figure out how to unlock it, and we couldn't unlock it from the outside...and I took the storm window off one of the windows only to discover that the window was locked. OY!

Anna said...

#2028 makes me laugh. I'm guessing he doesn't like having hiccups?

#2046 - I need to read that again!