Love says thank you to God 1,000 times (#’s 669-676)

by Craig on November 28, 2011

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I’m thinking of how my mom “tinseled”. She took each individual strand, and placed it on the branches like a fine artist places a brush stroke. By the time she was done you could barely see the tree for the tinsel.

A blanket of silver snow…
covering the green…
and the ornaments…
and the lights.

She let me do the back side…
because my method wasn’t so…
precise.

Maybe gratitude is like tinsel…
best one strand at a time…
purposefully positioned at the feet of the Father…
creating a shimmery blanket of thanksgiving.

Mondays are for thank you’s to God.

Thank You God…

#669… for this chance to say thank you alongside other grace chasers – to understand and live gratitude…such a blessing.

#670… for what I consider to be a privilege – to read the words of amazing Christian moms (and some non-moms) who write theology with so much wisdom and heart.

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How do I know how much of an impact this theology with heart has made on me? Last week, my computer died, and I didn’t read anyone, or even answer my comments, and my soul emptied a little.

I so clearly missed…
theology with heart…
and being in contact with all of you.

I am not me without God.
And now, I can say, I’m kind of not me without y’all.

#671… that when I’m hanging on to the end of the rope, at the other end…is You.

#672… that You never let go, and Your feet never slip, and Your grip never tires.

#673… that when I let go of my end and begin to fall, You grab me. I don’t know how people make it without You. I know I don’t ever want to find out

#674… that in my worry that I’m not moving fast enough, not loving well enough, not believing strong enough, that it’s all true. I don’t do any of that well enough. None of us do – and that’s kind of the point isn’t it? We can’t. Only You can. Only You do.

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“All’s Grace”

#675…that I know when my thank you’s are really coming from the heart, because as the words spill out, so do tears, the good kind.

#676… for the way that You catch my tears.

And I wonder…

do You catch our frustrations…

and our worries…

our plans and our efforts…

like You catch our tears?

I think You do.

I heart that.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie November 28, 2011 at 9:01 am

Craig! It’s great to see you back! I’m pleased that you were able to revive your computer in time for Multitude Monday! I love your tinsel analogy…I had to chuckle…when my children were younger, they had charge of decorating the back of the tree :) Now that they’re older, all three girls take over the entire tree and then I sit and admire their handiwork :) I love #673. Many, many times He has been the only one there for me. And I too could never imagine my life without Him. Blessings to you!

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Carrie, first of all, thank you – and I’m not quite back yet – just kind of limping along – but thank you. And I heart your tinsel story – I never did get promoted to the front of the tree. ツand I’m glad we’re the same, and neither of us can imagine our life without HIM.God bless you Carrie.

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Christina November 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

Oh #674 is what gets me through the day! I often get to the end of the day and realize how many times I blew it with my kids. Not extending grace to them, being impatient, not pointing them to Christ.. I have to rest in the finished work of Christ on my behalf or I would be a complete mess. Thanks for this reminder! And love the image of tinsel and gratitude:)

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I’d say we should form a club about #674 – but there’s already one ツ and the image of tinsel and gratitude? All the credit has to go to my mom – the tinsel tradition is hers – and Ann gets credit for the thank you’s – and God – I’ll just step out of the way on this one ツ thank you Christina, and God bless you!

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Ruthiey November 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

#676… for the way that You catch my tears. And I wonder… do You catch our frustrations…
and our worries… our plans and our efforts… like You catch our tears?

God is so unspeakably good! And I love how he used you to remind me of that. I love how we’re just a big band running on towards the Kingdom, holding each other up, breathlessly blurting words of encouragement. “We’ll make it! We’re getting there!”

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Ruthiey, you ARE a writer. The image of us all as a band, cheering each other on, so true. I spent most of my Christian life isolated from other Christians – so wrong – we need each other. And I feel cheered on by you today, so thank you, and God bless and keep you.s

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Katie November 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

#676 – I think God does catch our tear, our worries and our frustrations and I heart that also!!!

Glad you are back online!!!

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Katie, I’m back online – but just barely – I have a lot of adjusting to do. And I’m glad you were here to read me – it’s a nice welcome back. And I think Our Lord catches so very much more than we know about. I heart that! I really don’t know what I would do without Him. Thank you Katie – and God bless you!

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GLENNA November 28, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Craig ,
You just brought back so many wonderful memories with the tinsel , my mother loved them
and how our tree would be covered , this made me think of our GOD covers us with his love
that you cant see the holes and bad spots anymore !!!
Thanks for sharing
Glenna

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Tinsel!!! we still have tinsel from 50 years ago – wrapped in tinfoil because my mom saved it every year ———. and we thought our mom was the only one who completely covered the Christmas tree – it’s nice that your mom did too – makes me smile! God bless you Glenna!

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Nikki November 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Tinsel and mothers – you brought back a sweet memory of my Momma and I thank you. :)

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Craig November 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I was wondering, Nikki, if I’d been the only one with tinsel memories – glad I’m not! Memories of mamas are awfully nice – I share in the sweet memories with you. God bless you Nikki!

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Mari November 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I love your analogy…who would’ve thought tinsel and gratitude? #262: A truth I hold on to daily. =)

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I know! Who would’ve thought – tinsel and gratitude! I thank my mom – and I thank Ann – and you too Mari – you too. and you said #262 – I’m assuming you meant 762 – and yes – I hold onto that one too! ツ God bless you Mari!

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Victoria Jenkins November 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love this!!!!
“Maybe gratitude is like tinsel…
best one strand at a time…
purposefully positioned at the feet of the Father…
creating a shimmery blanket of thanksgiving.”
I just love it.

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

thank you Victoria – thank you. God can teach us with just about anything. No? God bless you my friend. You made me smile – on this very tough day – you made me smile ツ

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Rebecca November 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

Just love as well as you can…it comes from him and when the hurt cuts deep…the love takes time to swell up….and pour out…as our story, truly becomes his….because, after all…he wrote it…and while we desire our eternal bliss on this earth…it will not be here..until he is…and that is where we have to find contentment now…joy now…..

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Rebecca – those really ARE smart glasses ツ and insightful glasses – I could just swim in what you wrote – I read it a few times – beautiful, really, beautiful – and true. I heart this about blogging – and I never expected it – but I heart it maybe more than anything else – what I learn when people leave comments – when people like YOU leave comments. I’ll be chewing on these words all night I think – thank you Rebecca, and God bless you and yours!

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Jamie @ See Jamie Blog November 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

Lovely post. I like the mental image of the individual thanks like putting individual strands of tinsel on the tree. And I think you’re right; I think God catches those other things, too, like the frustrations, in addition to our tears.

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Jamie, my mom gets all the credit for that metaphor – and God – and Ann too for bringing it out. Tinsel – who’d of thunk ツ thank you for adding about God catching the other things too – I think he obviously catches a lot more than we know! God bless you Jamie.

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Stacy November 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

Your story of the tinsel reminded me of my dad today. He also liked the tinsel applied one strand at a time. No shortcuts! He was not the one who put it on, however. The job fell to me and my mom until I reached jr. high, then just me. Dad…..supervised. I don’t know how many hundreds or thousands of strands I put on the tree over the years only to have to remove them and put them back on. I don’t think my attitude back then was exactly one of gratitude, but I am grateful now for a dad that was at least willing to spend that much time with me and if nothing else, he certainly taught me about patience, perseverance, and doing a job right. Dad’s been gone 18 years so it was nice to pull those memories out. Thank you.

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Stacy, I actually thought I was the only one whose parents did that – but apparently there are a lot. And my mom wouldn’t allow shortcuts either. And it’s funny how my mom was the same – but different from your dad – she wouldn’t let anyone else touch the tree – he…supervised ツ and I heart that you reused your tinsel too – I know I have some 50+-year-old tinsel around here! And the memories are sweeter when we look back on those who have left – my mom’s been gone just about the same amount of time. Thank you Stacy, and God bless you.

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A. November 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Craig, so glad you-your strand-is back on the big blog tree!

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

A – me too, me too – and I’m thankful that you’re here to see my strand. Someone told me this once – it’s a good line – “you know how to use words – and what’s in their backpacks!” It’s true about you! God bless you A

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Dawn November 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Ditto to what A said.

Dawn

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Craig November 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Dawn, just simple thanks – have I told you lately how really blessed I am that you read my words – because I am! God bless you – and the muttlies (and Mr. Dawn)

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