Gratitude is a Lifestyle
Each day seems to go by quicker than the day before. The first day of autumn feels like yesterday. I think October is even busier than the Christmas month, which is only three weeks away.
Even in the midst of busyness, trying hard to give the Giver thanks for all things.
I had ordered a new book that I was anxiously awaiting because I wanted it to arrive in time to take with me to an appointment where I’d have time to read. It didn’t come. Kind of disappointed, I went to our bookshelf to find one I hadn’t read, and in the back corner was one I was given at a conference in the gift bag. As I wiped the dust off the top of the book, I read the title “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’m thankful the book I ordered didn’t come in because ever since I opened it the first time, I have to find a pen to underline the wisdom I read.
And what good timing for this month. And not only for this month, but to live by every day. DeMoss writes,
“Gratitude is a lifestyle. A hard-fought, grace-infused, biblical lifestyle. And though there’s a sense in which anyone can be thankful – for God has extended His common grace to all – the true glory and the transforming power of gratitude are reserved for those who know and acknowledge the Giver of every good gift and who are recipients of His redeeming grace.”
Oh my heart, have a lifestyle of gratitude, not just the month of November.
Thanking the Giver of every good gift and adding these to this count below.
#2231 the 31 Day Challenge
#2232 Autumn season is here
#2233 driving down the road and seeing pumpkins being taken off the truck to be sold for fall decorations
#2234 Hearing Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel on the radio and reminded me of my first high school English lesson plan
#2235 Praying with women at a baseball field.
#2236 A Day at the barn
#2237 conversation with Emily Freeman
#2238 conversation with Myquillyn Smith, the Nester
#2239 dinner with Leanne, Christal, and Ginger and hearing their stories
#2240 Listening to Christa Wells sing in barn at night
#2241 weekend with my sister’s family
#2242 making scrapbook of daughter’s elementary years
#2243 on a colorful leaf hunt with daughter
#2244 going to Shrek with daughter
#2245 unexpected stay with my sister
#2246 K’s email
#2247 Gift to reread Colossians 2:6-7 (MSG)
“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.”
#2248 Gift reread old Gideon post
#2249 Those “come to Jesus” moments
#2250 daughter performing at city park
#2251 Roses from my mom’s garden and their smell
#2252 Taking pregnancy pictures for friends
#2253 Friend praying for me righ then and there
#2254 Beautiful fall afternoon that God created
#2255 hearing my friend preach
#2253 family weekend camping
#2254 electricity at campsites
#2255 little heater
#2256 air mattresses
#2257 picking apples off the trees and an orchard on the side of a mountain
#2258 fall leaves changing on the mountain
#2259 seeing waterfalls
#2260 the Blue Ridge Mountains
#2261 Being with family on my birthday
#2262 unexpected birthday flowers
#2263 Birthday cards from friends
#2264 Facebook birthday wishes
#2265 Eating at O’Charlies with my dear SGG
#2266 warm home on a cold, rainy fall day
#2267 family Domino’s Game Night – Mexican Train
#2268 carving pumpkin with kids
#2269 October 31 traditions
#2270 gift worn – new fleece jacket
#2271 gift worn – boots
#2272 gift worn – the ring my parents gave me for my 16th birthday I still wear
#2273 registered to host an IF:Local…IF:Alamance. So exciting. So overwhelming. So dependent on Christ alone.
#2274 the book I ordered on here on time…
#2275 because instead I started reading “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
#2276 delicious grilled cheese sandwich
#2277 a prayer warrior “put in our lap” from the Holy Spirit for IF
#2278 our democracy
#2279 the people who ran for office and their willingness to make a difference for our community and country
#2280 the volunteers who work at voting booths
#2281 reading Psalm 145:3-8 (MSG)…
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to his greatness. Generation after generation stands in awe of your work; each one tells stories of your mighty acts. Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking; I compose songs on your wonders. Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness. The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.