In Max Lucado's book, Before Amen, he shared a unique prayer technique that to me has become my ABC's of Gratitude. It was immediate inspiration, to pray gratitudes to God, give Him thanks using the letters of the alphabet, I began jotting down the letters of the alphabet and my gratitudes. It is a wonderful exercise and I've already been blessed immensely, and that wasn't even point; the point was to bless God.
Thank you God for:
Air conditioning. These last few days, here in the southeast, under a blocking high pressure, the heat has been oppressive; yet I am blessed I work in an air conditioned building and our home air conditioner is still blowing cold air, even though we are soon replacing our inside unit.
B efore Amen. The book by Max Lucado that encouraged this lesson in giving thanks.
Commissary shopping. Having retired from the Air Force my family is afforded the opportunity to shop at our military commissary. While they don't always have what we use, they are almost always more affordable than on the economy. True, coupons for stores such as Kroger's and Publix are more prevalent I still think we save a ton for regular grocery shopping.
Day shift. Life has done almost a 180 degrees since moving to the day shift and all for the better!
Emoji's. Those cute little smiley faces that began first on email but are so prevalent on iPhone's now that allow me to send kisses to my husband, or thumbs up for a good turn, or even send a confused look of "I don't understand."
Father's. Especially mine who is so often in my thoughts and memories. And my husband, the daddy of my children. A worthy measure of a man.
Gifting. I was so excited to hear our new friends had given two of their five kids the amazing Action Bible; so I slipped into Lifeway the other day, pulled the last three Action Bibles from the shelves, and we are gifting them three more Bibles, so each of their kids will have one of their own. We just cannot out give God!
Hand holding. It's one of my favorite actions of Jeff's, when he reaches for my hand, that I love most.
Indigo. Because, I have to say it is tremendously beautiful dyed into curtains, or pillows, or scarves, or dress and shirt fabric, or napkins; and it just goes so well in my bedroom.
Jo. my hero in the faith. She is grace and mercy, peace and patience, tenderness, kindness, gentleness and the steadfastness of Christ.
Kind people. Getting more and more scarce, kind people let me see Christ in person.
Literature. Thankful for all the reading aloud I have done over these past years of homeschooling and all the literature we will be reading this last year of their high school.
Moore, as in Beth Moore Bible studies and the time I have had with my sons through these studies
New friends to encourage and support and to bless because, well - this young couple are a blessing to the five children they've adopted.
Opportunities to serve. They are right in front of me (us). It is up to me (us) to step forward and give of our time. Sometimes it is precious time, but I have never accepted an opportunity to serve that I was not more blessed having served.
Purging and simplifying. Both make me very happy. Very content. Very grateful.
Quiet time. Sure the quiet time I have with the Lord I am very much thankful. But, I'm actually thankful right now for quietness. My house has been somewhat of a battlefield of late and I am thankful for any periods of quietness. Peace. Peace and quiet. That sweet peace and sweet quiet, not that sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat peace and quiet hoping something, or someone doesn't explode, but the just because everyone is getting along, not arguing, and the house is peaceful and quiet kind of quiet. As an introvert I cherish these times and so very thankful.
Rich, my brother, who stopped by a midst a business trip but because he was in the neighborhood.
Sunrises at the beach. For all I've seen and all those I have to look forward to.
Ten thousand. For the 10,000 steps movement sweeping the country and the 10,000 steps I walked these past couple of days after months of not being able to walk as my RA has kept me down. And for 10,000 reasons to bless God's holy name.
Under the covering of the cross! Under the shadow of Your Wings.
Veil torn. Victory in Jesus.
Winter's Solstice tea. Such a delightful blend of tea I've enjoyed for many years. I was just sharing my love for this tea recently and it reminded me of just the simple pleasures God gives.
Xtraordinary grace. Being forgiven. Given grace. It's ok. I love you anyways. Sacred in the ordinary. Receiving grace. Forgiving. Grace. Extraordinary!
Yams. As in sweet potato yam casseroles smothered in brown sugar, butter, and walnuts
Zoo's. Lion's and Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Except those reptilian exhibits. Well, ok, maybe the reptilian exhibits are ok God because the snakes are all in cages.