Giving Thanks for Eyes to See

Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works;

Be alert for signs of his presence

Remember the world of wonders he has made…

Psalm 105:3-4

The Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Gratefulness

“What a beautiful thing, God, to give thanks, to sing an anthem to You, the High God!

To announce your love each daybreak, sing your faithful presence all through the night.”

Ps. 92:1-2, The Message

The list is long this week, rocketed forward by weeks of travel to visit beautiful people in wondrous places.

Spring coming, marked by wet snow                                

Meadowlarks singing

Early morning sunlight, red reflecting off lowering clouds

Old friends new again

Visits from around the world

Sons camping on couches

New homes

Vibrant color on walls

Leaves shadowed by early morning sun

Fireplaces warming the chill

Faces tired from smiling

Opportunities taken

Airplanes

Cell phones

E-mail, all ways to stay connected to those we love

Poppies for miles, blooming for the joy of it

Quiet words in the midst of celebration

Good tired, full up with rejoicing

Tromping through fields

Wind, cleaning sky, bringing rain

Listening to lapping water

Out loud laughter

Reflection, interior and otherwise

New leaves

Fresh greens of Spring

Deep Westminster chime

Talents developed, skill shining

Color, and eyes and heart to appreciate it

“Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got…

God’s works are so great, worth a lifetime of study–endless enjoyment!

His generosity never gives out, His miracles are His memorial

This God of Grace, this God of Love.”
Ps. 111 The Message

Warmth for the Heart

Monday, a day to bask in the glory of all things thank-worthy.


~Gray skies bringing fresh snow, changing everything to clean white

~Help coming

~Hearts afire with life

~New people, swaddled and soft

~Good news from old friends

~Passionate compassion

~Opportunity to comfort those who are sorrowing

~Safe travel

“When I met Christ, I felt that I had swallowed sunshine.”

~E. Stanley Jones

….It Leads to Flying

If we could drift toward gratitude we’d be like a butterfly eased too quickly from the cocoon. No muscle would be gained from our endeavors. We’d be left weak, and dying.

We need to develop discipline to keep us walking thankful. It starts with a choice, an intentional shift in thinking. It becomes a daily habit and then a routine of life. We begin to breathe gratitude like the air that sustains us. It becomes like the pneuma, His Spirit alive  and dancing within us.

In the end, it leads to flying.

Breathe with me, and share your list of today’s joys.

Warm kitten, sleek and purring

A camera, stilling beauty, capturing wonder

Music that makes the heart sing

A difficult job completed

Friends who stand by you as you work your way through

Courage in the midst of vulnerability

Keys to tap, words to work with

Warmth of sun shining from clear skies

Wind and snows that clean the air and earth

Worshipful women, friends

Laughter, from the heart

Hope, fresh and fervent


May your week be blessed with bold gratitude, and may it carry you through,

toward the flying.

In Him,

~Kristen