Love says thank you to God 1,000 times (#’s 677-687)

by Craig on December 5, 2011

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For this, my first year of blogging, I’ve given more than I actually have…to these words…to this space…to my two spaces.

There are reasons why I have to be like that mouse – reasons now has to be the time to continue to move forward, without timidity, but with power, and love, and a sound mind. (2Timothy 1:7) I think I might share those with you soon.

Have I told you recently that I consider it a precious thing that I get to write for you?
And that since Mondays are for thank you’s now – I find that a precious thing too.

And this week my thank you’s…
all inspired by reading you guys…
I don’t do it enough…
only so many hours.

I’m sorry. I’ll be better.

I won’t footnote my thank you’s, but you may recognize a glimmer of what you’ve written recently in my words.


Thank you God…

#677… that even when I don’t have the best in mind for myself…
You, the One who created me, and love me, and live in me…
You have the best in mind for me.

#678… that sometimes You play melody in my life…
and I need to supply the harmony…
and sometimes the parts get switched.
I so heart the duet.


#679… that there’s a score to my life…and a Director.
I need to hit the notes when I should…
and rest when I should…
sometimes play louder, softer, sharper, gentler…
know Your rhythm…
stay in tune.

#680… that there is a way in which I’m designed to walk…and I know that way…and its Creator.

#681… that we have this amazing collection of Your writing, where You spoke through people in our family tree, like Isaiah, and John, and Moses, and Peter.

#682… that if I keep my eye fixed on your star…
I’ll know which way is right…
and turn that way more often…
and arrive where You want me…
which is precisely where I want to be.

#683… that You, The Best Shepherd carry me when I haven’t got enough in me to move…

#684… and when I wander…oh…when I wander…
then there’s your loving…
if not always gentle…
staff and rod.

#685… that we all start out as babies, a little selfish, but full of innocence. And it’s not a sin for a baby to want connection, and want food, and want nurturing, and demand it with a cry. Because there You were…in that stable…wanting connection, and food, and nurturing, and demanding it with a cry.


#686… that in this season that’s beginning to surround us I’m reminded again how you share our humanity.

#687… that You didn’t have to do this. There must have been other, easier ways. But obviously this was the perfect way, because…
it’s the way…You…chose.



joining other grace chasers today

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly December 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

Yes, the harmony and duet, the playing and resting- such gift. Hope this advent season finds you waiting and receiving all He has to offer. He is a good Giver. Blessings from uganda


Craig December 5, 2011 at 11:47 am

I’m guessing there is music in your background Kelly, and I’m thinking that the Director can do everything just right – but if I don’t pick up my trumpet, or clarinet, violin, there isn’t any music. And I have to do more than just take up a seat – don’t I? Thank you Kelly, and God bless and keep you and each of yours.


Carrie December 5, 2011 at 9:57 am

Oh, I love #s 682-687! I too must keep my eyes squarely fixed on Him. I get all the comfort I need whenever I visualize the Lord as my shepherd. I need nothing else than to read those words that He’ll come searching for me – for little ME – and bring me back to His flock. Thank you for sharing your heart, Craig. Always a terrific Monday!


Craig December 5, 2011 at 11:50 am

it’s true Carrie, if I keep my eyes on him, if I remember whose I am, there is so much more peace – it’s when I take my eyes off and look at circumstances, or just my own reflection in the mirror – that’s when I lose peace. Thank you very much Carrie, your words mean a lot. And God bless you!


Deborah December 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

Loving # 682. I tell myself this over and over. Thanks for sharing your gratitudes.


Craig December 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

Deborah, thank you. That one reminds me that there really isn’t any wrong decision as long as I’m aiming for God’s will – when I remember this I live a life filled with a lot more peace, regardless of the circumstance. Again, thank you Debra, and God bless you.


Shanda Oakley December 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I love that you brought out that we all begin as babies and that it is not a sin to act childlike at first. We just have to keep growing in God’s loving Grace.
I too wish I had nore time to read blogs.
God bless you, Craig.


Craig December 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Shanda, I got that from reading a post about babies. I’m a guy – I don’t gush over babies – not like women usually do. Guys see a baby and turn on a football game. Women generally see a baby and – gush. But this baby post made me think – and made me thankful. And amen – I get so filled spiritually and emotionally from reading the words of this community – I am going to have to find a way to make. the. time. but with two blogs – and one post a day on each blog – and each post taking about three hours to craft – something has to give – I’ll find a way, because reading all the wisdom that’s out there is too important to skimp on. Thank you Shanda, and God bless you!


Andrea Dawn December 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm

#683 is what resonates with me today . . . this road to recovery is harder than I imagined. . . so thankful for the Good Shepherd.


Craig December 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

I have just prayed for your recovery – I know how hard it is – I know so well how hard it is when the body betrays. Anyone who looks at me thinks I’m healthy – but the sleep thing decimates me in every area – and I’m good at pretending I’m fine – so I know – I really know Andrea Dawn. I’m thankful with you for our good shepherd – God bless you my friend.


Amy December 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

As always I have been blessed by a visit to your blog Craig! I just love thank yous. And I love the fact that we are all thanking God together in community. I pray you many blessings today and every day! Smiles –


Craig December 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

Amy – a little “sunshine” as always when you visit. And I never thought of it – but so many people – writing so many thank you’s – and God inhabits praise – that’s a lot of praise – I think God smiles too. Anyway, thank you, and many blessings to you today and every day as well!


Victoria Jenkins December 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

I loved 677, 678, and 679. Heck I loved it all!!! .
678 though resonated in my soul.
Here’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you. Can I copy and paste, let’s say something like 678 on a social network for my family/friends to see? (giving you the credit of course and should I use your last name, because I don’t know it.)
Craig, I want you to know that I appreciate your time and effort in your blog. You put in to it so much and it’s obvious and I’m done with it in minutes. Although often now so many of your words stay swimming in my head, maybe I’m not done with it in minutes. Anyway, you bless me. Thank you.


Craig December 6, 2011 at 11:45 am

thank you Victoria! And about cutting and pasting – of course! Absolutely! In fact that little button below the post – you can share any post on Facebook – I don’t do Facebook much – I’m a twitter guy – but I think you can use that button to share anything on Facebook from here. The cut and paste to your heart’s delight – and if you want to mention my name – don’t worry about the last one – just mention Craig – and of course this place – or the other place. I’m smiling by the way because of this. Thank you. And Victoria, to know that these words have some redeeming value – that you “heart” them – that makes me smile even more. God bless and keep you!


A. December 16, 2011 at 2:07 am

#686…I wish I knew more about how He did this whole humanity thing. I wish more of His life…between the famous virgin birth part and the death on the cross part…was known and recorded for us. but, it isn’t, and so contentment with what we do know is in order.


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