10,000 Reasons

*The seed for this began when my youngest son’s class at school put into practice the recording of blessings as explored in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. Others had recommended the book after that, and I began to put it into practice. Yet I was also challenged by Matt Redman’s song “10,000 Reasons,” and I decided not to stop at 1,000. Now that I have reached that mark, I want to shift the focus. I want to not only take note of the blessings, but also note a Scripture or a promise of God that is reflected in the blessing. I want to not only hear the echo and see the reflection, but I want to turn and see the source. Pressing on and in.
*All Scripture passages are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

1022) Caleb made me laugh in the morning.
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears of this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6

1023) Playing praise songs and singing as I clean up.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. James 5:13

1024) Meeting and having a conversation with my neighbor Nicole.
And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘” Matthew 22:39

1025) Taking the time to rest by saying no to other things.
He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'” Exodus 16:23

1026) Receiving a photo of Nancy from Honduras in the mail.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42

1027) An invitation to my cousin’s wedding.
“Then he said to those servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.'” Matthew 22:8

1028) Laughing at the advice of Owl on Bambi about “twitterpated.”
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1

1029) Being asked to help a brother.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

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