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Saturday, January 14, 2012

It's just a little thing

Yesterday after arriving back home from tent city,  I was organizing The Faith that Works ministry bins in the garage.   At the expertise of Audrey Van Slyke we are very organized at the moment and I love it.   As I was pulling newspapers out of my car and placing them in the designated bin I had a very funny feeling of extreme gratitude wash over me.  I was standing in the cold and dirty garage thinking to myself, I love these bins!  How strange!  I chuckled and hurriedly left the cold garage but as I was walking into the house I had another thought- I am so grateful for a warm home.  The thoughts continued as I walked through the house and upstairs to my office, so I began writing them on a legal pad.

It's not that I am never thankful- I guess sometimes I miss those SMALL things and I wanted to capitalize on the moment so I wrote it down so as not to forget!   Here are a few of them:

  • Teaching my seven year old how to tie his shoes
  • The full moon the night before (took a very long walk and enjoyed it immensely)
  • A smile from Emma
  • A kind word received from my husband
  • My iPhone
  • A good meal
  • A nice bottle of wine
  • A great phone conversation with an old friend
  • The book I am currently reading
  • God's word
  • God's unconditional love
  • The young women in my life
  • My church

Last week I quoted John Piper, "The right road always leads to the right place; therefore, get on the right road and go as far as you can on it."  Being thankful is definitely the "right road."  As I clear some of my schedule , do some of the things I enjoy, taking time for prayer and reflection, my vision clears and I am thankful- such a good place to be, even if the object is rubbermaid bins. 

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