Love says thank you to God 1,000 times (#’s 785-792)

by Craig on February 20, 2012

There is a whole LOT of me revealed in this!! Click it, it'll get bigger - and you'll know lots about me.

I tweet a lot! And that image up there…that’s my wordle for my twitter tweets. The bigger the word the more I use it.  (I got the data here and the wordle here)

It’s been a really hard year – and look at those two words I use the most!

The top 5 things I tweet…in order…
♥✞ღ (kind of my little twitter symbol for me)
(I heart clever little emoticons)

If you aren’t a twitterer, “RT” is when you like someone’s tweet and you “re-tweet” it. It’s kind of like twitter applause – or “Amen!” It’s a thank you. It promotes the other person. It’s like “twitter” love.

Thank You God…

#786… that I’m loving more.

#787… that I’m more out and less in.

#788… that I’m making other people happier.

I know when I hit a “thank you” list dead on…
there are tears as I write – and a smile through the tears.

#789… for these tears…I heart these smile-ish tears…I’m not used to them…


…but I could get used to them. ツ

I didn’t think this year of listing my thank you’s to God had changed me all that much.

#790…thank you God. It. Obviously. Has.

Before this year the words from the cloud that I used lots…


The brand new words…

Heart (used as a verb)…
Choose Joy…

The thing that was never there and is all over the place now?
All the names with the @ symbol in front of them.
For non-twitter users – that’s someone’s twitter “name”.
Mine is @CraigBelieves.

Here’s a close up…

You can use twitter to pontificate…
or you can use twitter to connect…
and pontificate a little still ツ.

I named this last year “connect”…
and look at that…
I’ve connected.

And there’s a word that seems to be missing from all of these…
and this is a good good thing…

it’s the word “I”.

“I” used to be the thing I talked about most…
and always to promote my strengths and hide my weakness.

Now I probably reveal too many weaknesses. I’ll find balance maybe soon. ツ

#791… that the person I used to quote most often was me. Now it’s hardly ever me.

#792… that “you” used to be for judgy-ness…and “I” for praise.
Now it’s “you” for praise and “I” to admit my weakness…
and “You” to declare Your strength in my weakness.

And I feel like saying thank you to two people right now…

Thank you God…

and you.

So thank you…

you. ツ

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy February 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

Beautiful list. And thanks for the Twitter education – for the non-twitterer. I love the recognition that you ARE changed by the counting. Even when we don’t notice – others do. #792 is the best! Thanks for sharing


Craig February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Amy, first of all, I’m sorry it took so long for me to reply to your comment. You got caught in my spam catcher, and I didn’t clear it out till today – luckily I looked before removing all of the spam – because YOU are not spam. Sorry!

Second of all, your name, one of my all-time favorites – and of course you know what it means, I think it’s a perfect name (◕‿◕)

third, I heart twitter! I’m scared of Facebook, it seems really labor-intensive, twitter is like one constant conversation flowing, kind of like you’re at a party, and you talk to someone here, then someone there, and you share, and you learn, and for me it’s absolutely inspirational because the people I follow are all Christian, and tweet the most magnificent things. anyway– no charge for the twitter education I should pay you for reading it – just sayin’ (◕‿◕)

And lastly – I’ve been in a lot of trouble for our Lord – and the switch from me to others has been too long in coming. I’m glad it’s here. Thank you for reading, and leaving a comment, and NOT being spam, and God bless and keep you and yours!


Stacy February 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I have a Twitter account, but rarely use it. I just don’t get it and not that many of my friends seem to use it. The retweets, #, and the rest might as well be Greek.

I’m glad you have so many things to be thankful for today. I am struggling to feel it today because my pet died in my arms this morning, but I’m trying….pulling up all the good memories and being glad for those.


Craig February 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Well first of all if we aren’t following each other we need to be. So come back and click my little twitter bird #pleaseandthankyou (that’s how you use a hashtag by the way)

And second – I get what happened – I KNOW how important your pet was – and is – find support from people who “get it” – don’t even try to get support from those who don’t – tell those stories – smile at as many memories as possible – and know this – I’ve done the Scriptural research and there is good evidence that your loved pet will be with you later. I’ll blog about it sometime – let me know if you want more. God bless you my friend!!


Stacy February 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

I would really appreciate the Scriptural evidence you found if you’d care to share. :) Oh, and I’m going to click your Twitter birdie now.


Craig February 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

Stacy, more later, maybe a few blog posts for you, because I know how much you miss your friend, tell me his or her name will you? And, a cat or dog, or other (ˆ◡ˆ)

think happy memories – just think happy memories – and write them down – okay?

And I’ll leave you with this little bit of logic about pets and heaven – there is nothing definitive in Scripture saying one way or the other – but this was my conclusion – it takes NO sin to get into heaven, animals act on instinct, they can’t choose to sin or not. But that’s not enough for heaven I think, what seals the deal for me is that they illicit love in us. If your pet elicited love from you, if you loved better because of your pet, then those two things plus a few more tell me that your pet is there, now. More later, I think I’ll start the posts later this week. Take care Stacy! God bless you!


Stacy February 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Scooby was his name. He was a toy poodle and I definitely loved better because of him. Thank you for all you’re saying and the posts you’ll write. I have been so incredibly blessed by the outpouring of sympathy an comfort on both my blog and Facebook. This would be a much lonelier thing to face without the social medias. You won’t convince me they’re a bad thing.


Craig February 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm



Christina February 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

It’s great to look back and see the trail of grace that led to today. I have a twitter account and while I check what other people tweet about, I rarely tweet anything. Don’t have much to say I guess:) I’ll have to look you up though:) Blessings to you!


Craig February 20, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Christina my friend – just come back and click my twitter bird – I’d heart tweeting with someone I’ve “blog” known for so long!! I didn’t mean for this thank you list to be about this – but before I began to write at 3 AM I checked the site – saw the wordle – and when Thank God came up – how could I resist. God bless you Christina!!


Carrie February 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I love the word “heart” as a verb!! I’m not on Twitter but you know I’d tweet you if I were!


Craig February 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Truth be told – I kinda heart heart as a verb too – a little ツ Get on twitter and follow me – it’s like a constant dinner party conversation – just jump in and jump out – or at least tweet with me ツ God bless.


Kelly February 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

love that you have moved from i to YOU! Thank YOU, Jesus! blessings this week- the transformation process suits you well!


Craig February 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Amen – it is never too late to make changes – at least when it comes to personal disposition and matters of heart and faith. Thank you Kelly – and God bless you and the rest of the Hallahans. ツ


Nacole@sixinthesticks February 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

well, i was second this morning, but my computer was turned off before i pressed enter!

dear Craig,

oh, this made me cry–smiles through tears kind–“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!”–Truvy–Steel Magnolias

i love the wordle–and i am in love with the fact that the most used words are God and thank! thank you for sharing this with us!

#792–this hit home with me–this is exactly where i am right now–and all i can say is–wow–wow through tears. so happy for you–and for me!–oh the joys and pains of growing in Him!

beautiful list–just beautiful.
here is my gratitude post:

your friend,



Craig February 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

oh the joys and pains of growing in Him! AMEN my friend…amen. God bless you my friend.


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