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!

Gratituesday ~ Fall is here!

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I’m somewhat sad that it seems like I’ve only had time to post once a week lately.  However, life just happens & prioritizing became essential for me.  So, if I can only make it here once a week for this hopefully, short-lived & somewhat overwhelming crazy time in my life, I’m glad I can at least get here for Gratituesday. :)

Today I’m grateful that…

1. It’s a gorgeous day outside

2. & that the Fall weather seems to be here to stay….that is, until Winter

3. I LOVE Fall!

4. God made such perfect seasons

5. we finally made it to one of our nephew’s football games Friday night

6. our small group has started up for the year again

7. we have such awesome people in our small group

8. I have an amazing hubby that works so hard, every day

9. we have such a great church family & community that has been, & continues to be, so supportive of our adoption plans

10. our adoption fundraiser garage sale preparations are underway

11. & we have already received some awesome donations for the sale & have many more on the way

12. God continues to show me that His ways are not my ways

13. His ways are ALWAYS better

14. God is in control

He is your constant source of stability;  he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom;  he gives all this to those who fear him.  Isaiah 33:6 (NET)

It’s your turn!  What are you grateful for today?  Join in at Heavenly Homemakers!


Gratituesday ~ It’s all just stuff

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The past couple of weekends have been filled with stuff!

Two weeks ago, I was back in Iowa helping my family with a garage sale, & this past weekend, I was back in Iowa again helping my parents move into their new home.  Do you know what the first thing I wanted to do when I got home from both of those weekends was?……I wanted to get rid of stuff!

Don’t get me wrong, things {stuff} are nice & I feel very blessed by the material possessions I have, but none of it really means anything.  Sure, I have certain items that have been passed down through the generations & it’s really neat to have those things, but again, it’s just stuff!  None of it is making the trip to heaven with me, it’s all just temporary.

I’ve started joking that maybe it’s time for us to move again {we’ve been in the same house for over 2 years now} because there’s nothing like a move to spur on the purging process.  Even though I don’t foresee a move happening in the near future, I’ve decided it’s time to let go of some things.  It’s such a refreshing feeling to clear things out, to let go of things you thought were vital to your existence & realize that they really aren’t even missed.

I mean, are those pretty dishes that you haven’t even looked at in over a year really that special?  Or, how about all of those trophies from when you were a kid that are sitting around collecting dust. Do you really need them to hold those fun memories in your mind?

I honestly can’t think of anything I regret having let go of in the past.  When I get those items out of my home, not only does it clear up space in my house {which is something I really like, by the way}, but it’s almost like it declutters my mind, too.

So, if you’ve been contemplating a purge, whether it be of your whole house or starting with just one room, I’d love to be your cheerleader!  I’m no expert & I’m sure I’m still keeping a tight grip on certain things that need to be let go of too, but I’d love to offer you encouragement.  Comment below & let me know how I can encourage you.

This probably seems like a backwards gratituesday post I guess.  But what it all boils down to, is that I’m eternally grateful that I don’t need any sort of material possession to determine my worth.  My God loves me for me, because He made me & all of this stuff is irrelevant to who I am in Him.  Christ died on the cross to offer salvation for me & someday I’ll join Him in heaven where all of this stuff will be no more, hallelujah!

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Gratituesday ~ Awe-inspiring Creation

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When I sat down to write today’s Gratituesday post, I honestly didn’t have any idea what I was going to write about.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to be grateful for, it’s actually quite the opposite.  There are so MANY things that I have a hard time picking just one to zero in on.  God is so good to me!

As I sit here, my eyes can’t help but wander out the window, looking at the beautiful sunshine & how pretty the landscape is all greened up, I’m thankful for God’s creation.  I know, that’s kind of a big one.  But I don’t step back & take the time nearly enough to really marvel at God’s handiwork.  It’s hard impossible to fathom creating such a complex environment that all works in harmony.  But that’s just how awesome our God is!

I’m so grateful I serve such a mighty God, the very one that spoke the world into being…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light, ” and there was light.

Genesis 1:1-3

I don’t know about you, but simply saying, “Let there be light,” & having the sun appear is pretty awe-inspiring to me!  And that’s just the beginning of that story.  If you haven’t read the story of creation in a while, head over to Genesis 1-2 today & check it out.  I think you’ll be in awe of our mighty God as well. :)

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