Love says thank you to God 1000 times (#615…625)

by Craig on October 24, 2011

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

Thank You God…

#615… for the reminders I get, every day, all through the day, as I read the hearts poured out in words, of people whose words I heart to read.

#616…for the privilege it is to read so many who write for You, and about You – each from their own perspective. I get to see You now from a thousand different points of view, through – literally – more than a hundred different sets of eyes each day.

#617… that we all see and write about the same God of  love, and forgiveness, and justice, and mercy, but the collective vision of You is much more full then any single individual view.

#618... that I am gaining, each day, the much more manifold wisdom that comes from these different perspectives. Life is fuller now because of it.

#619... for how a diamond only glistens when it’s turned in the light…
and the light reflects off of each facet.

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

For too long I saw Your light reflected…
off of only one facet…
my own…
but I can see more now…
a rainbow of Your light…
because I see it reflected off of so many more.

#620 that my vision of You is so much more complete, so much more colorful than ever before.

#621… that because of Ann, I named this year “connect” and it has been astounding – and after all these months it’s only still beginning, I’m only just learning how to connect.

#622… that not too long from now I’ll need to name my second year ever. I’m already swimming in options for it. And it’s a joyful thing, like a child who has peeked, and already knows how much he hearts the present inside the giftwrap.

#623… For all the reminders I get…
through my contact with other children of Yours…
to slow down and stay in You…
and be still…
and know…
so many reminders of how far You reach…
how much You love…
how much You have done and continue to do…
for all of Your creation…and all of Your children.

#624… For the way I begin every thank You list filled with dread…
doubt that I’ll be able to write anything, of any value, with any thanks at all…
that my mind stalls at the beginning of the writing…

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

and then, in prayer, You pick up my spirit…
and my spirit picks up my mind…
and I have a thank you list every Monday without fail.
I begin the week in praise through Thanksgiving…
with better eyes, a better heart, and it makes for a better life.

#625… for you Ann. Thank you.

 

Linking today, like everyMonday,

with Ann, and other thankful hearts for…

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri October 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

I enjoyed reading your list today, Craig, especially #619. Love the imagery there. Have a blessed week!

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

I almost went with the parole for that metaphor – the diamond – diamonds are better. Thank you, Terri. And God bless and keep you.

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Kelly October 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

Craig- how perfectly put. It is enlarging our experience of Him, this collective sharing, and He is glorious. Blessings to you from Uganda!

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

it IS Kelly, look at how you’ve enlarged mine. What you share, what you do, halfway across the globe – it affects me. So thank you. And blessings from this little bunch of united states across the ocean!

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GLENNA October 24, 2011 at 9:55 am

Craig,
I enjoy reading you list of thankfulness each week, I must say that by doing this list for the past 73 weeks it sure has made a difference in my life and how I look for the thankfulness
What a wonderful Saviour we have to allow us all these many blessings each day
I say oh what a SAVIOR !!!
Blessings and happy 1440 to you
Glenna

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 11:50 am

thank you Glenna – I tried to interpret your secret code at the end – number 1440 – and I looked – and 4240 was about folding clothes – so you might have to make a return here and explain to me ツ anyway, it has made a real difference in my life – and surprisingly – more as I go along than it did at the beginning. God bless you, Glenna!

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Dawn October 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

Dear Craig,

Since we began with Ann about the same time, naming our years, making our thank-you lists and creating our blogs, I find it interesting that many of our thank-you’s are similar today.

God bless you as you continue to connect,
Dawn

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

you know, I didn’t realize until just a few weeks ago that we had been blogging about the same amount of time. I just assumed that you were a blogging veteran. But you’re a newbie just like me – I think we get to be called newbies for one year – kind of like the newlywed game. anyway, thank you Dawn, and I cannot tell you how happy I am that I connected with you! God bless!

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Sylvia October 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

Really like the perspective of these gratitudes, Craig. Got my brain on a roll in the right direction, moving me to journal more of my own thank You’s, in that direction. Thanks.

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Sylvia, the thank you’s really do make a difference – if I could always be in this frame of mind – there would be so much peace. But, I’m not – oh, me of little faith! But I’m trying – actually, between you and me, my mom used to say I was very “trying” ツ God bless you, Sylvia – and thank you!

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Kris October 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

What a great list. List’s like this, encourage others to remain in Him, to learn to abide… You are always pointing towards Him, Craig. I love how you see and experience his goodness in the life he’s blessed you with! Blessings, Brother.

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Kris, my sister, I don’t point well enough, I don’t live faithful enough, I don’t encourage anyone enough, but there’s grace – and I appreciate what you said. So thank you, and God bless you, and enjoy “that” conference – the one where boys aren’t allowed! ツ #stupidcooties

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GLENNA October 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Craig 1440 is how many minutes is in the day so may you be blessed with the 1440 minutes

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh – thank you then ツ

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Ruthiey October 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm

loved 616-618 – never saw it quite that way before, but it is truly beautiful. :)

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Ruthiey, because you have so much more wisdom at your age than I did at your age – I don’t suspect that you will be as prone to “my opinion is the only one that counts.” syndrome. I had that for a long, long time. But now – eyes open – eyes reading – and reading people with so much good stuff to say – people like you – I’m learning at an extremely fast rate things I should’ve learned long ago. God bless you, Ruthiey. And thank you!

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Nacole@sixinthesticks October 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

hi Craig,

i loved your list, especially # 623. and it is so true that we have a fuller vision of God seen through those around us. you reminded me how priceless a thing to read through the eyes of so many–the many facets of the diamond. beautiful, really beautiful.

i took off my ring to clean it and went to retrieve it last night. when i pulled it out of the water, and slipped it back on my finger, i stood there in the dark night of the kitchen, staring in wonder at how many different directions it sparkled.

blessings, my brother and friend,

Nacole

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

one of the actually good side effects of not being connected – and then suddenly having a year of “connect” is that everyone – EVERYONE. I am connected to – I WANT to be connected to. As I continue to connect I imagine there will be more connections that I’m not particularly fond of – I’m only guessing – because this is still new territory for me. But look at you for instance – I heart knowing you – and btw have your hubs maybe do real simple watercolor of a Laska picture – the Kitty in the storybook looks just like him. It’s still just an idea – it’s still a ways off – but it would be nice to see. And seeing things – through your eyes, and Cora’s eyes, and Layla’s eyes, and so many other eyes – when I used to see things only through mine – everything is opening up in such a beautiful way. I’m really hearting this time a lot. God bless you, Nacole!

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Nacole@sixinthesticks October 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

i will tell him. thanks for letting me know. and either way, whatever your decision, it holds no bearing on our friendship–you need to know that. simply put, we are friends, period, illustrations or no. i am so glad that you heart knowing me–haha. it just blesses me that you heart everything so much! i think thats why your readers like coming here–such a breath of fresh air–not to mention the writing is great, because it keeps the reader intrigued, coming back for more. thank you for your comment. i am still not able to comment over there. i like that you think it was full of magic–that made me smile. i am so humbled by such compliments–really.

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thefisherlady October 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm

such heart felt gratitude is catchy <3
blessings Craig

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Craig October 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

It IS! I catch it every time I read thank you list. I really heart thank you lists – some of my favorite reading! Thank you Susan – and God bless you!

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Carrie October 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love #619! Fabulous! Your creativity shines through your posts. And I can relate to #624 – I always pray for words. Words to glorify Him. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you this week.

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

thank you Carrie, the facets of the diamond – that’s the way I look at every blog I read – I pick up a different piece of reflected light every time – and – as per my admission on my blog today – I read almost exclusively Christian “mommy” blogs. The heart of Christian moms has changed me. And I’m glad I’m not alone about number 624. There’s strength in numbers. Blessings to you too Carrie!

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@MimiBakerMN October 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm

And to think there could ever be an end to the things we are and should be grateful for. It’s in the day to day to life that I give thanks, those little things that might seem mundane to others, yet He has provided. =)

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Mimi, thank you for the visit. And it’s in the day-to-day things that we have to give thanks – that’s the point – that’s what I learned from Ann Voskamp. The more we see God in the little things of everyday – the more we see God. Thank you for making me smile by being here. God bless you!

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kelli-AdventurezInChildRearing October 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Thank you my friend for your prayers- I have had a few rough days, with my health – it can be difficult to get through the pain and to the gratitude. This book – “had me at hello”! I cried tears of joy as I read and re-read it. I have only now begun to share my list online! Today I did #1 – #9. Yours is so much more poetic than mine, but there is hidden meaning there for me. You see- my #1 is “for the dreams of a little girl and bringing them to fruition” – as a young girl I walked the beach on vacation with my family and prayed (beginning at 7 yrs) that God would someday bless me with a family of my own and that we could live there in that little island community.
I just finished washing the sand off our feet; mine and the three little men He gave me- and we rushed home to see their daddy. Then I wrote my list – God is good. He is faithful. Remembering that can get us through the storms. :)

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Kelly – I understand those rough days more than you know. I’m sorry you have to face them – I hate that you have to face them! I’ve written some hard thanks through these lists – Ann says that if we aren’t counting the hard things – then where miscounting. I don’t want to miscount. And my lists? Not more poetic – just more wordy ツ AND THAT DREAM! It’s amazing! I’m really glad our words cross paths Kelli – I’ve got lots I can learn from you! God bless and keep you and all of your men.

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Elizabeth October 25, 2011 at 12:53 am

Yes, it is a joy to see the light of Christ reflected here in the blogosphere through so many…you included!

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

it really is amazing isn’t it Elizabeth – how many facets there are in our big Christian diamond – I heart all of the facets – and of course I heart your facet! I have learned more in this last year of blogging – more of God – more of love – than maybe any single year in my life – and it’s because of all the facets. Thank you Elizabeth – and God bless you and yours!

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Christina October 25, 2011 at 8:26 am

I too love 616. I read once where CS Lewis was saddened by the loss of a dear friend and said he grieved the loss of seeing Christ through the perspective of his friend(or something to that effect). Each person has so much to share and we have much to learn from one another.

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

and YOU Christina – I see your name and the first thing that pops to my mind, is feet dangling into a pool – now THAT’S good branding! It’s in the listening – it’s in the sharing – it’s in the connecting – that’s how Christianity is meant to be lived. It was Ignatius of Antioch, who sat at the feet of John the apostle, who said, “It is dangerous to imagine that one could offer God suitable service on one’s own.” we need each other – I’m only begining to learn to connect – and I’m really grateful – REALLY grateful for connecting with you – and I heart the dangling poolside feet! God bless you Christine!

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Layla Payton October 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Goodness, Craig!!! I miss your blog for a couple of days & I am quickly reminded of how much I missed out on. I loved all of this. And you…a newbie blogger? I could have sworn you’ve done this for a few years. Mercy, you really do have a gift (as if I were even in doubt)!

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Craig October 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Yep – I’m still a newbie I think – the end of next month will be the one year anniversary. And it has grown me in ways I had no idea it would. Layla, I’m so glad to know you!

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