*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.
1030) Sitting still long enough for the birds to come close.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39
1031) Taking the time to exercise.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. I Corinthians 9:24
1032) Gracious colleagues who allow the use of their space.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9
1033) For Sean, who intentionally creates community.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32
1034) Conversations that give me glimpses of universal brokenness.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
1035) Seeing Misael and Anna, new friends and neighbors, pass by on their way home.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. Mark 12:33
1036) People who know how to filter information for the greater good.
The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7
1037) Learning to let go of “the last word.”
Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited. Zephaniah 1:7
1038) Watching God create a masterpiece in the sunset.
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:2,3
1039) Being introduced to a new song that sounds familiar.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6