479 – An amazing story about how God blesses obedience! After our church went through a series on “The Blessed Life” one of our middle school students, Stephen, decided to start tithing for the first time in his life. The next Sunday he put $2.00 in the offering plate because that’s what he had. After service a man came up to Stephen and said, “God told me to give you this,” and handed Stephen a $20 bill!! Stephen was ecstatic!! I was floored!
480 – owls hooting at the park last night. Beautiful!
481 – free Rita’s Water Ice!! What an unexpected treat 🙂
482 – a phone that was fixed. Yes, I did have to output some money, BUT…they made a mistake in the summer and didn’t record something right, so I didn’t have to pay what I might have
483 – AND the guy threw in a car charger for free!! YEA!
484 – A super fun Boys’ Life Group Christmas party!
485 – Back to Bethlehem with great friends
486 – Cloud Mountains in the FL sky this morning. Beautiful!
487 – Watching movies together as a family
489 – Rain tonight. Thankful for that and for a cozy house with Christmas lights twinkling while we watch another movie.
490 – That Stephen would want to share his story (#479) with me! That was so gratifying. Stephen is part of Nathan’s life group, the group we hosted for 2 years. I love those boys!!
491 – A super quick but super fun visit from my brother!
492 – Specific answered prayer re: getting Nathan a shirt for Christmas Eve choir. We’d been out 2 days and found nothing. Today I went out again & found a shirt on sale + a tie for less than any other shirt we’d seen!!! Only God. And thanks, Kerri, for the suggestion! 🙂
493 – Seeing my boys experience the joy of giving
494 – Hearing Michael tell David, “You need to give some of your money to God so you can be blessed.” He listened during service a few months ago!
495 – Michael’s excitement over the Spiritual Gifts class he took at church.
496 – (anticipating this one a bit since Nathan’s not quite done…) Christmas break!!
497 – This one is an exercise in the discipline of obedience – 1 Thess. 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I had a tutoring job lined up, which was an answer to prayer for some sort of part time job for me. But it fell through. 😦 I am totally NOT thankful for that at all!!! 😦 In fact, last night I was pretty bummed, to say the least. (to be honest, I was almost in tears) BUT… in the attempt to give thanks in all things, 2 blessings emerged. 1st – Tim was encouraging and broke the news slowly, since he got the email saying the job wasn’t going to work out. He even said, “God has something better.” Tim’s a keeper, don’t you think?! 🙂
498 – The 2nd blessing of #499 is that the job ended before it started. It would have been a drive, and I am grateful that I didn’t make several trips before it didn’t work.
499 – And a 3rd blessing is that I didn’t put any prep work into it. Sigh.
500 – Hearing Tim & the boys imitate the characters in Hogan’s Heroes, and laughing at their interpretations!
501 – I’m passed the 1/2 way point in counting to 1000! 🙂
502 – Playing games together
503 – lunch with Joy, and being able to share what God is doing in our lives
504 – hearing about how God is working in the Boynton Beach campus & seeing the blessing of obedience
505 – opportunities for boys to practice what God’s Word says. This isn’t fun! But it’s great growth for them. If they can master some of these opportunities now, they’ll have a jump on adult-hood.
506 – That the car wreck last night went into the park instead of into houses!
507 – That the wreck happened in the middle of the night, when no kids were playing in the park.
510 – Spur of the moment project ideas that the boys enjoy & that reinforce what we’re learning! 🙂
511 – A great jazz band concert for Nathan
512 – A great Advanced Band concert for Nathan
513 – having coffee with friends – and having it paid for! (Thanks, Laura!)
514 – Tim diagnosed & fixed the problem with our leaking toilet. Yea!
515 – Firehouse 7 breakfast
516 – and #515 was paid for also!! (Thanks, Holly!)
517 – Kerri’s encouragement as I shared how the tutoring wasn’t going to work out. “God’s got something better,” she said. And she knew she was right because of #517!!!
518 – being OVERWHELMED!. Seriously, this should count for 1000 just in and of itself!! Words Fail!!
519 – The boys’ shower quit working on Sunday & we were afraid of a big plumbing problem. We turned off the water to the house just in case some pipe had burst. I called a plumber who suggested we check the shower head to see if it was clogged. Tim cleaned it out & the boys have a new shower! No expensive emergency plumbing call or even a regular plumbing call needed! Hallelujah!!
520 – Seeing the boys do “air guitar” & other interpretations of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas music. I can’t get pictures, and they wouldn’t let me post anyway. I’m sure you can imagine! 🙂
521 – Attending Christmas Eve services. And having Michael say, “I love our church. It’s my life.” So thankful that he’s plugged in and loving it!
522 – Nathan singing at all 8 Christmas Eve services, and saying that was the highlight of Christmas. He loved being there & the feeling of family the worship team has. I’m so thankful for such the great group of kids he has to hang with at church, and that he’d rather be there than just about anywhere!
523 – And N having 2 little guys join him for the candle lighting part. So precious! These 2 guys are sons of one of the gals in our adult life group.
524 – Christmas Traditions – and that the boys love them 🙂
525 – Aunt Debbie decided to give away presents this year, and I loved the boys’ response. She decided to take the money normally spent on nieces & nephews and give it to someone in need. The boys realize that’s what Christmas is all about. They were as excited about that gift as any they opened.
526 – Looking at Christmas lights after Christmas Eve services
527 – Sharing the joy of Christmas Eve services with a friend & her family. It was a heart-singing, stomach-flipping, God With Us service 🙂
528 – The boys having friends over that they don’t get to see as often as they’d like
529 – Sharing Christmas Day with special friends
530 – Being able to encourage other people
531 – seeing my “Timothys” growing in the Lord and serving Him. A joy beyond words!!
532 – Being challenged to have more of God on the inside so I can see more of Him outside
533 – Being able to help friends
534 – Relaxing during the holidays
535 – Serving at Christmas Eve services – on camera (Tim), in hospitality, or singing (Nathan)
536 – That Nathan would live at church if he could. We are SOOO blessed that what we have to say “no” to is being at church too much!
537 – the awesome people at church (like Ms. Lauri) who have poured into our boys’ lives (& other kids’ lives, too), and who continue to do so
538 – After Christmas Sales: Getting things for 75% off! Yippee 🙂
539 – Having coffee with Julie, and the wonderful bond we have as sisters in Christ, plus being former co-workers 🙂
540 – a beautiful day to share at the park with Amy and crew
541 – a precious conversation with Allie, Amy’s little almost 3yo. I love it that Allie comes to give me big hugs, sits on my lap and “chats” with me. Adorable
542 – Eating wings & watching football together
543 – Going out to eat on New Year’s Eve
544 – a neighborhood fireworks show
545 – a warm home-made apple pie from our neighbors! (Thanks, Sarah!)
546 – all the gifts, treats, & goodies from friends and neighbors during the holiday
547 – hiding some of the boys’ gifts in unusual places to keep them guessing this Christmas
548 – the boys stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve! This was a 1st
549 – Tim & the boys having fun together
550 – starting this blog in 2012. I’ve enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would
551 – the comments I get on posts. You all encourage me more than you know. 🙂
552 – the blessings yet to come in 2013!!