Love says thank you to God 1,000 times (#603-614)

by Craig on October 17, 2011

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#603… that You, who are God of the universe,
You designed and established all of this…
then stepped into all this.
You lived a genuine human life…and You died.
It seemed that time ran out for You…but not really so much.

#604… that You didn’t ever have to be gone at all…
but You were “gone” three days in the grave – for us…
to satisfy the demand of justice – for us…
to be true to Your essence, Your being…
You satisfied justice – for us.

#605… that even when You were “gone”…
You still existed.
You never stopped existing.
You never stop existing.

#606… that You really didn’t need to come back…
You could have done all Your teaching…
instilled faith supernaturally in Your apostles…
defeated death and still not come back to them, and us.
But by coming back, You gave us proof that this life isn’t all there is…
gave us evidence to back up our faith…
because faith is so hard sometimes…

ℒℴѵℯsays 1000 thank yous to God along with with Ann Voskamp...source

…but evidence helps.
Did you come back to help us believe?

#607… that as crazy as it sounds…
You, who were just a human, just one of us…
You…
were…
God…
You are God…
so all the thinking that I can’t prove the existence of God…
that’s not so much so true is it?
I can logically prove the existence of God because I believe You to be God…
and You were born…
and You lived…
and You didn’t stop living when You died.
That’s proof.

#608… that there is eternity…
Yours has no beginning and no end…
mine (ours) has an obvious and clear beginning, but still no end.
And although we rush to fill this life up, time will never run out.

ℒℴѵℯsays 1000 thank yous to God along with with Ann Voskamp...source

Eternity is now – and that changes everything.

#609… that we “believe” in things all the time…
“faith”, If I’m honest, if we’re honest, is life.
I can’t prove that my next breath will work…but I don’t hold my breath.
I can’t prove that if I flip the electric switch the light will come on, but I expectantly flip the switch.
Experience yields evidence…
evidence brings confidence…
yet everything is still faith until it happens.
To live…
just to live…
Is. Faith.
Continual. Faith.

#610… that though lack of sleep has stolen so much from me…
I can still think deeply about You.
I can still string words together that make a modicum of sense.
Sleepless, and sick, and tired, and foggy…
it takes longer to write well what I used to write easily…
but it’s still there, it won’t go away either…
even if, as seems likely, I never sleep normally again.

#611… for editing…and editing…and editing – I heart editing!

#612…that You never have to edit – because You – well…You’re PERFECT!! I heart that too!

#613… that like light breaking through clouds…
You bring hope through darkness.
Because of You I hope.
Regardless of how anything looks, because of you…
I hope.

#614… that there is You…and I heart that most of all!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie October 17, 2011 at 10:06 am

Craig, these truly spoke to me and resonated in my heart, specifically #611. Thank you for sharing.

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Carrie, I think that’s one of the ways we know if we’re a writer – if we like to take this word – and move it there – and take the other word and switch it with a better one – and rearrange, and rearrange, and make everything just so – if we enjoy that process – I think we’re writers. I thinkYOU’RE a writer! God bless you.

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Elizabeth October 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

Thankful along with you for the One Who was, Who is and Who is to come!

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Elizabeth, Amen, “I am that I am.” – And they say, “what’s in a name”? ツ God bless you my friend.

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Christina October 17, 2011 at 11:17 am

#603 is one that always astounds me. That God would take on human flesh and be with us is something I can’t quite wrap my mind around. Amazing and overwhelming when I think about it. Beautiful list as always!

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

me too Christina, he really didn’t have to do it, could have chosen another way, but he chose the perfect way, and we know it’s perfect – because he chose it. Thank you Christina, and God bless you my friend.

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Ruthiey October 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

Thank God that He exists! That he always has and he always will. Sometimes, Craig, the people who bless the most are willing to say the very basic things and they make them beautiful. They remind us. <3

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Amen Ruthiey, sometimes contemplating the very basics – about the most complicated – yet most simple thing – God – is magic. It’s all him – I’m just talking about him. Thank you, and God bless you Ruthiey.

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Julia October 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

“You never have to edit.”

I heart that too!

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Amen Julia – just Amen. I think of how many times I have to go over, and go over, and go over – and God, our God – never misses a beat – never makes a mistake. Perfect – always – perfect! I’m glad we both heart that – and thank you – heart, used as a verb, always makes me smile! God bless you Julie and your terrifically terrible twosome ツ

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Nacole@sixinthesticks October 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Craig,
happy Monday! i loved the whole entire list–i like how you take me on a faith journey and through a sermon so that when im finished reading your list, im edified! i especially liked #607 though. your lists are so encouraging!

blessings, friend!

Nacole

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Craig October 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

#607 – I say all the time, that we believe, but we can’t “prove” the existence of God – except I always leave out this one small fact. Jesus was God. Jesus lived – and still does. That’s pretty good proof. Thank you Nacole, and God bless you my friend.

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Nacole@sixinthesticks October 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

oh, i forgot to mention…(im a little in a fog like you sometimes)…that i too, though i sleep better than you (and that has been better recently–last week was a very bad week–but God has done amazing things and im feeling better) have a hard time writing “well” and it takes too long, in my opinion. i FINALLY wrote the post ive been meaning to write and i took your advice! thank you!

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thefisherlady October 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm

#613… that like light breaking through clouds…
You bring hope through darkness.
Because of You I hope.
Regardless of how anything looks, because of you…
I hope.

Craig, I love your list but this gets a gold star beside it… the same has kept me serene… secure…All is grace as Ann puts it… God is so amazingly full and good.. overflowing grace for us; always sufficient <3 I 'heart' it, as you would say :)
though you sleep little I will pray that it is always enough…

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Craig October 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

Ahhhhhh, “all is grace” – I heart Ann!!! and I heart that you used heart as a verb ツ and the sleep? It’s not enough – but apparently it’s enough – I’m still here. God bless you Susan!

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Cora October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Proof that this life isn’t all there is. . . this really stood out to me today. Somehow, during the past week or so, it has seemed that life has lost its fizz. I got all caught up with “stuff” and busyness and the mundane seemed bigger than what I could handle. . . and I forgot that “this” isn’t all there is. And the “this” became more important than the One who said that there is more. . . so much more. Thank you, Craig. Your list always puts my life back into perspective!

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Craig October 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

I totally get losing the “fizz” – life on this broken planet – it does that. And my list? I thank Ann – because the list does that to me to – it really does. God bless you Cora.

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Layla Payton October 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

Craig, this was so encouraging.

We have this week off of school. I will send you what I know about Korah, though I have not heard any updates yet.

This is week #5 on “the diet.” I am with you in so many ways. This post struck home.

I heart that you still post when you are exhausted, but do take care.

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Craig October 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

Layla, I’m committed to have a new and fresh post here every day – and on the other blog. This is the season I’m in. I take very seriously having something new here every day. I’m going to be exhausted anyway on the bad days – so – why not write. Rest is good when you’re sick – but not so much when there’s no sleep. It feels good – but it doesn’t help. And thank you for reminding me about the diet – it reminded me to pray for you again my friend. God bless you.

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Layla Payton October 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thank you for praying. :)

As I always do, I agree with what you just said. I hope your are blessed with many little things today, so that you feel them come together in a BIG way!

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GLENNA October 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Craig,
Just now getting to view some of the thankfulness of others …………Love your list

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Craig October 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

thank you Glenna – there are a lot of thankful lists to go through – thank you for reading mine. God Bless you!

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Tiffany October 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I love this. Love, love, love it. Thank you for sharing!

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Craig October 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Tiffany, thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for reading – and thank you for this smile on my face right now – I heart smiles – and you’re responsible for it! God bless you!

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Katie October 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

#609… that we “believe” in things all the time…
“faith”, If I’m honest, if we’re honest, is life.
I can’t prove that my next breath will work…but I don’t hold my breath.
I can’t prove that if I flip the electric switch the light will come on, but I expectantly flip the switch.
Experience yields evidence…
evidence brings confidence…
yet everything is still faith until it happens.
To live…
just to live…
Is. Faith.
Continual. Faith.
#613… that like light breaking through clouds…
You bring hope through darkness.
Because of You I hope.
Regardless of how anything looks, because of you…
I hope.

Both of these spoke deeply to my heart today. Faith… and Hope… I understand about the next breath working due to my asthma — it is faith that I will breath — The best BREATH is the hope in Jesus moment to moment to calm me in times of stress bringing HOPE. Thank you Craig!!!

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Craig October 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm

oh my Katie, you can understand the “next breath” thing so much better than I can. Because of the sleep thing I’ve had pneumonia a few times – but I’ve always been able to breathe. Thank you for sharing that. It really drove things home. So really, thank you. God bless you my friend!

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