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.

1040) Receiving words of encouragement and affirmation.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s faithfulness. Hebrews 3:13

1041) Discovering that a need was unexpectedly met.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. I Timothy 6:17

1042) A prayer that is translated on Pentecost.
When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Acts 2:6

1043) The aspirations of graduating students who will follow the Lord’s leading around the world.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19,20

1044) The receiver of a gift – from four years ago – still remembers it, even after I had forgotten.
A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

1045) Making a child smile.
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. Proverbs 20:11

1046) A child telling me, “I don’t want you to go!”
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. Proverbs 20:11

1047) Being able to help because I had been obedient to a prompt.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8

1048) Giving water to strangers twice in one day.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.” Mark 9:41

1049) A young man who wants to preach because God has laid it on his heart.
“So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” I Corinthians 14:12

1050) Encouraging words of truth from a friend.
I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. Psalm 119:30

1051) Reading these words: “Thanks for your advice the other day.”
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15

1052) The crisp, clear sounds of birds during a morning walk – a symphony.
I will give thanks to The Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of The Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17

1053) The way that trees reach up to capture the sun.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5

1054) Testimony that brings tears to my eyes.
So do not be ashamed about the testimony of our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in the suffering of the gospel, by the power of God. 2 Timothy 1:8


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