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Counting the Gifts

The counting. The naming each gift. Causing my mind to turn from frustrations to gratitude. Instantly a lifting of my spirit. I can easily rush through my day forgetting to stop and give thanks. But when I do how much brighter my attitude and outlook is. It’s a discipline. Self discipline has never been a strength of mine. But this I know has to become a habit. Hopefully it is. This naming of each grace.

276. A fun photo session with a senior guy about to graduate. (5/10/11)

277. No show socks. (5/10/11)

278. For feeling like I'm coming out of this funk. (5/10/11)

279. For being able to run half a mile at once again. (5/11/11)

280. For rockin’ the to do list two days in a row. (5/11/11)

281. For Words with Friends games. (5/11/11)

282. For a client being thrilled with their photos. (5/11/11)

283. For hubby & kiddo having a nice afternoon to play golf. (5/11/11)

284. For bubble baths and books. (5/11/11)

285. For morning sunshine. (5/13/11)

286. For apple sauce. (5/13/11)

287. For cooler temps after the rain. (5/13/11)

288. For birds singing as I start my Saturday morning. (5/14/11)

289. A day with cooler temps. (5/14/11)

290. Kiddo having enough confidence to video himself playing a song on the guitar & sharing it on facebook. (5/14/11)

291. Time spent with kiddo at the piano & guitar practicing. (5/14/11)

292. Watching the wind blow the tops of the trees against the sky and clouds. (5/14/11)

293. Compliment from my father-in-law. (5/14/11)

294. Afternoon light playing through the trees. (5/14/11)

295. For a church who encourages its pastor to take a sabbatical to rejuvenate and rest because they love him not because they are unhappy. (5/15/11)

296. For Sunday afternoon naps. (5/15/11)

297. For cloudy gray days to simply rest. (5/15/11)

298. For a new worship song learned. (5/15/11)

What gifts from the past week can you give thanks for?

  • Craig - May 16, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Funny thing – my last number on my list today was 299 – I’m winning by one! Yay me! 🙂 And my favorite one from your list is this: 295. For a church who encourages its pastor to take a sabbatical to rejuvenate and rest because they love him not because they are unhappy. (5/15/11) (I’ve been Christian fr 26 years, and a Seminary grad – and yet not been very “churched” – but I’ve been churched enough to know SOME of the politics – sad that we do it. Grrrrrr. that we do it. ) God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours Amy.

  • Trina - May 16, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    295 and 298 🙂

  • amykiane - May 16, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    Didnt you love the song Great I Am from worship yesterday! — Amy

  • amykiane - May 16, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Ahh! So youve got me beat by one! 🙂 I am so glad to have found a church that gets it. Blessings to you also, Craig. — Amy

  • alece - May 16, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    oooooh! i love your new look, amy. so beautiful!
    i’m giving thanks for sweet heart convos with friends and strawberry limeaids…

  • Stacey - May 17, 2011 - 8:09 am

    I LOVE #290!!

  • amykiane - May 18, 2011 - 1:21 pm

    Thanks Alece! And sweet convos with friends….beautiful. My kiddo loves cherry limeaids from our local soda fountain. 🙂 — Amy

  • amykiane - May 18, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Me too. It did this mamas heart good. 🙂 — Amy