These 1000 Gifts posts are NOT a record of daily life.
They are an exercise in the discipline of Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice always
and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Give thanks in all things.
- I do NOT post the multitude of times I threaten to enroll the boys in school THAT VERY DAY!!
- I do NOT post the multitude of times I loose my cool with them when they’ve been giggle-y & silly just a little toooo much for me, (the no-nonsense gal!)
- or when they’ve been at each other’s throats all day.
- I do tend to be a “Glass Half Full” kinda gal, but I’m not perfect, and life isn’t always peachy!
- If you don’t believe me read this!!
- I just wanted to have all the blessings in a relatively easy place to find, instead of randomly placed at the end of some blog post.
OK. That being said, on to the blessings! 🙂
553 – Starting 2013 off by having communion together as a family
554 – Praying prayers of blessing for each member of the family. It was so special to hear the boys pray for each other!
555 – Inspiring others to enter blog-land http://wordsfromatimothy.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/wheredoibelong/
556 – So far, the boys are behaving well despite staying up to see the New Year in! 🙂 At first, I thought “I might have to remove this blessing.” But God reminded me that it is a blessing. Period! Even if the rest of the day goes South, I can remember that the first part was ok & be thankful for that!
557 – New Year’s Day attitudes stayed positive overall!
558 – Friends coming over for dinner
559 – all the dorky “this is the last time you will eat dinner this year” jokes
560 – all the corny “you’ve never eaten lunch all year” jokes
561 – being able to help a neighbor, and the boys encouraging one of the grandkids when he hurt himself
562 – The boys having such a great role model in Tim
563 – The 1st run of the New Year! It was relatively cool enough that we could go later & not die of heat
564 – HEW: Hard Exercise Works. Love their philosophy, appreciate the information I got during my 5 weeks, loved the results in lost pounds and inches, & looking forward to using my gift certificate after the Disney 1/2 marathon in Feb!!
565 – 6 miles with the Firehouse 7! 🙂
566 – that the empty glass jelly jar fell into the dishwasher instead of breaking on the floor!
567 – during the Christmas Eve services one of the drying racks fell to the floor. All we lost was a glass vase, NOT the glass serving plates we were really needed!
568 – Playing Kick The Can with the fam
569 – Movie Marathon with Nathan & Michael
570 – Brothers encouraging each other in their spiritual walks
571 – Nathan pushing through a tough day
572 – Michael expressing his gratitude & contentment for how we do things as a family, especially having them earn money to spend on things instead of just giving them those things
573 – Great discussions around the dinner table during devotions
574 – Clear direction about whether to go to a meeting or stay home
575 – This is another one of those “I’m choosing to be thankful” ones (see #497): battling through issues with the boys. At least we saw a little bit of results, which is encouragement to stay the course and be consistent!
576 – God’s Word working. David read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, then spent the next 5 minutes walking around thanking God for everything he could see. The result: #577!!
577 – A stellar day for David
578 – a friend who texted me to encourage me in my One Word (thanks, Erin!)
579 – Brothers sticking up for each other
580 – $2.95 check in the mail 🙂
581 – Then Tim making a joke about how that (#580) was the first part of my HEW savings. It’s the only part!
582 – teaching the boys to play racquetball, and having them like it!
583 – everyone working together to make dinner. Each person had a prep job and we all did them together. It was fun!
584 – Seeing the Adams on the spur of the moment, and Morrills. Seeing the Morrills was a special treat since we haven’t seen them in forever!
585 – seeing maturity in Nathan
586 – a free airsoft game!
587 – seeing the body of Christ work together to rally around friends
588 – seeing God work in people’s lives
589 – perfect devotionals. Some I read and some are sent to me. (Thanks again, Erin!)
590 – Student ministries pastors who encourage the boys to build their spiritual (and physical) muscles
591 – a super fun Family Fun DAY at Boomer’s
592 – brothers praying together!!
593 – Nathan found $20.00 on the sidewalk when he rode his bike home!
594 – Nathan got to answer questions about the 10 commandments in Language Arts today!! The teacher asked what the reference was to a bearded man coming down the mountain with 2 stone slabs. Nathan raised his hand & kept answering questions: • What was that? 10 Commandments •Who received them? Moses •Where? Mt. Sinai •Who were they for? Israelites • What were they made of? Stone •How many tablets? 2
595 – AND…Nathan was more excited about that than he was about finding the money on the sidewalk!! 🙂
596 – a great “Why I Believe” class
597 – 1st day back at HEW!!!!
598 – AND…I found out since I’m taking a class to renew my certification, I get a student discount at HEW!!!! YEA!! Now I have 6 weeks instead of 4! WOOHOO!!! 🙂
599 – That God caused me to look back as I was leaving today so I saw my bag that I needed to take for testing today! Fewf!!
600 – Erin took Michael and David while I went to HEW yesterday! They got to swim with Evan.
601 – Tim & the boys having fun together
602 – When what you have to say “no” to is too many church activities for you middle schooler!! Hallelujah
603 – The boys dogpiled on each other, laughing & goofing around
604 – Having the windows open
605 – The cool air that keeps the AC off! Yea!
606 – A beautiful, absolutely perfect morning to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with Kerri. I was honored to share her day, where she runs in memory of her dear friend, and this year in support of another friend fighting breast cancer. I’m thankful to have Kerri as my friend.
607 – Adding 6 miles to the Race by running down Worth Ave. on Palm Beach, then up the beach, and down the intracoastal. Gorgeous!! Wish I’d had a camera.
608 – A Starbuck’s Gift Card from my Man! As a thank you for helping him with a project – an application for a professional development opportunity. Which I hope & pray will be in the February 1000 Gifts!! Stay tuned….
609 – Kerri found 2 pennies on the ground for me 🙂
610 – A family bike ride to Tiger Shark Park for tag & soccer
611 – A wonderful chat with my friend Michelle, who always encourages me! I’m thankful that miles don’t dim the friendship!!
612 – Raining pretty good as we were driving to our errands. But the rain stopped right as we needed to get out and go in the store! 🙂
613 – A beautiful full moon tonight!
614 – Four Square: Yes. in the house. All boys!
616 – Boys coming to apologize. Love seeing tender hearts!!
617 – A bike fixed for free!!
618 – Michael CRACKING us all up! Tim was on a “pun run” at dinner. Michael looked at him & said, “Self control, Dad, self control.”
619 – Michael’s creativity
620 – Running 3.1 miles at an average 9.38/minute mile pace!! Yippee!!
621 – Finding running shoes on sale!
622 – Happy Birthday to the best grandmother in the world!! 98 and going strong!!
623 – Happy Birthday to the best mom in the world!! I’m blessed with such a great role model!
624 – Lisa helping me to see the favor of God through my mom. Thanks, girl! 🙂
625 – Seeing “Jesus Is Lord” etched in the sidewalk on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach as we were running.
626 – Being able to get up 2 knots on the rope climb at HEW. Next, conquering my fear of heights to get to that next knot!!
627 – Seeing how the middle school messages and the Sunday morning messages are dovetailing together for the students.
628 – David & Tim had Art Wednesday one night and I got beautiful pictures as a result! 🙂
629 – “Michael-ism” #1: I was encouraging him to put down his iPod so he wouldn’t be tempted to play, so I said, “What did Joseph do when he was tempted?” Michael: “He ran away and got in trouble. So why should I run away and get in trouble too?”!!! only Michael. At least he was listening during the message yesterday! 🙂
630 – “Michael-ism” #2: we were talking about spiritual gifts. David was excited to know he had one, just wondered what it was. I said, “God will show you what your gifts are.” Michael: “Wouldn’t it be a lot easier just to take the test??”
631 – Speaking of spiritual gifts…it’s so gratifying to see Michael using his!
632 – God’s Favor!
633 – I am almost to my goal for the HOPE RUN!
Check it out by reading here.
WILL YOU HELP ME FINISH STRONG??
I HAVE TO HAVE MY FUNDS BY FEBRUARY 20.
Can’t wait to post results in the February 1000 gifts! 🙂