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  • On Monday, December 04 th, 2006

    Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~ Jackie Windspear Up to #457…. 25 more days to write over 500 gifts… Can I do it? Ahhh…. but thinking on His daily Graces is a way to live…. Snippets : ~living on a gravel road, potholes and dust~the softness of lint~the feel of worn denim~seeing my refle...

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  • Use the Blessings

    On Monday, November 27 th, 2006

    Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

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  • Life Gift: Wrung Out

    On Monday, November 27 th, 2006

    A note left in my inbox, from the very wise Elise of Joy in the Morning …. words I don’t want to forget, but scratch on my heart: “[Thinking on our life as gift] is so timely, as we come into a season that tends to be full of “what I want”. I try to remind myself of life as gift when there is a spill on the carpet, or marks on the wall, or dishes ...

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  • The Gift: Use it

    On Saturday, November 25 th, 2006

    There are some gifts I have unwrapped, like that glass reindeer salt and pepper shaker set from a most kind uncle who shall, out of respect, remain nameless, over which I have smiled sweetly, expressed genuine gratitude…. and quietly set a storage room shelf in the basement, never to use. I can receive a gift, accept a gift, acknowledge the gift, be thankful for the gift&...

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  • 1000 Gifts: Awake

    On Friday, November 24 th, 2006

    I feel new habits strengthening, new ways of seeing, new– good– ways of thinking. Jotting down 1000 Gifts from Abba’s hand is a lot of jotting. It requires me to stay aware, attentive, always looking. Frost on blades of grass, birds singing in the Manitoba Maple, the hue and feel of the sky over the woods. Now, when my mind has opportunity to wander, I find ...

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  • A Sacrifice that Honors: Giving Thanks

    On Thursday, November 23 rd, 2006

    The unthankful heart … discovers no mercies;but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,as the magnet finds the iron,so it will find, in every hour,some heavenly blessings.~ Henry Ward Beecher a snippet from the list on the way to recording 1000 gifts…. 322. polishing apples323. bubbles rising to the top in boiling water324. Shalom gently swaying to hymns...

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  • Thankfulness Notes…

    On Monday, November 20 th, 2006

    From Victoria @ Light for a Writer’s Soul “Life is rich when we look through the lens of gratitude, for indeed, our Creator has lavished us with His love.” From a note left in my inbox: “i just love your list of what God has given you. i especially love that He is showing you your uniqueness in creating you so perfectly individually and unique. i grew u...

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  • Why Gifts?

    On Friday, November 17 th, 2006

    Who am I? That the eyes that see my sin Would look on me with loveAnd watch me rise againWho am I?That the voice that calm the sea,Would call out through the rain,And calm the storm in me. Not because of who I am. But because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done. But because of who You are. Casting Crowns… listen here Lord, all these gifts...

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  • On Tuesday, November 14 th, 2006

    “And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.” ~2 Cor. 4:15 Reflect with other Christians in today’s In Other Words at CWO, who are seeing it all as gift from the Giver. Will you join us? Today, I hear Him whipser to me… as He did to Job: “Pay attention to ...

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  • Looking

    On Friday, November 10 th, 2006

    “If it’s God we’re looking for, as I suspect we all are, maybe the reason we haven’t found Him is that we’re not looking very hard.” ~Frederick Beuchner Lord, You are here. It is just a matter of whether I am looking. Give me eyes to see today.

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  • One Thousand Gifts: Voices

    On Friday, November 10 th, 2006

    From Elise Hooper of Joy in the Morning: “I’m joining the ladies at Christian Women Online in writing my own One Thousand Gifts List. Because of this, these days, everything I do, say; everything I am, is being flavored by my thoughts of thankfulness. My eyes, my thoughts, are fixed and bent upon it. It has been and will continue to be an exercise for my soul tha...

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  • Gratitude…It is all gift.

    On Thursday, November 09 th, 2006

    “Gratitude is… the leading edge of joy. It happens when the big reality hits you. You have no more right to be loved than anyone else. Your job is a fluke. Your children have no more right to health and security than the children in Bosnia. Your friends are not obligated to put up with you. Your education—well, you were not born into the poverty of Ca...

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