Gratituesday ~ Garage Sale Donations & One Thousand Gifts

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Well, today as I sit here & think about all that I have to be grateful for, I’m overwhelmed.  Our adoption fundraiser garage sale is this weekend, & for the past 2 weeks we have been collecting donations from friends, relatives, our church family & complete strangers.  Everyone has been extremely generous & so sweet!  I don’t think I could ever thank everyone enough for their support.  Our garage is filling up fast & we have more stuff coming in everyday, such blessings.

In my bible study today (I’m currently doing Beth Moore’s James study), I came across such a fitting verse for today…

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   James 1:17 (NASB)

Obviously, this applies to so much more than just our garage sale donations, but it was such a great reminder that all good things come from our Heavenly Father.

I’m also in the middle of reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts with a couple dear friends.  In her book, she encourages us to give thanks for every thing, big & small.  The chapter we just finished reading this week goes so far as to say that by giving thanks for the small things, time can actually slow down.  Now, this isn’t some magical thing that happens.  It’s just that when we take time to notice the small things, to give thanks, we live in the present, not rushing on to the next thing or looking ahead for something better.  Such a powerful message & one I need reminded of daily each & every minute of the day.

My sweet sister’s in Christ & I have challenged each other to begin making that list of one thousand gifts.  We didn’t set a timeframe on it, yet anyhow, but we are making the first step towards living a life of thankfulness for each & every gift from our Heavenly Father & living in the here & now instead of looking off to tomorrow for something greater.

So, here’s just few things I’ve jotted down the past few days.  I won’t even try to post each of the one thousand gifts here but I hope to share just a few each week.  If you’ve read my Gratituesday posts before, you may notice that I’m focusing in a bit more than usual.

I’m grateful for…

1. Fall leaves raining down
2. Sleeping in mornings
3. Snuggles before sleep
4. Crisp Fall mornings
5. Sweat dripping at boot camp;)
6. Warm showers
7. Sweet smelling coconut oil
8. Sunday morning walks
Now it’s your turn, what are you grateful for today?  I’d love to hear about it!

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