As the New Year grins its slightly secretive, mostly extroverted grin, it is a good time to plop into a thankfulness beanbag and meditate on the gifts already in one’s life. It’s a good time to observe blessings and pick them up: like caterpillars on a walk in the woods: think about their many legs, their funny fur, their itsy-bitsy eyes, their specific place in the universe, their unique role in the ecosystem.
Be outlandishly thankful. I once read a quotation that was something like, “If you want to see a promise sprout, bury it in thanksgiving.” THAT is a great image!
Here are some things I am recently thankful for:
1. Hearing a helicopter at night and remembering my time in Baghdad
2. Serendipitously running into a friend and having lunch with her
3. My desk: a friend gave it to me and it’s larger than my last one
4. Having English as my first language: it’s useful and makes me more travel-ready
5. Fingernails. I think my fingers would be able to do a lot less if their tips were more squishy.
6. Having a dishwasher
7. My sister Dori is dating a Palestinian. (It’s so amazing to have the Middle East IN my family.)
8. My sister Dana & her husband work with kids full-time. This keeps them ultra-creative and fun.
9. The internet. I can keep in communication with friends all over the globe.
10. Knowing we are going glory to glory.
11. Hot water
12. The option of buying chemical-free dishwashing detergent.
13. The small tree outside my apartment. It’s sweet.
14. My car. It’s 20 years old and still alive and adventurous.
15. Living near a river.
16. Growing an appreciation for sparkly things.
17. Being able to read Arabic (albeit slowly).
18. Two people this week used their own gift certificates to buy me lunch. The gift that keeps on giving.
19. Being part of pastors’ prayer at my church
20. The archways on my apartment building.
21. Having spent two years in Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. It’s like having learned a new language.
22. Friends who broaden my perspectives.
23. The online catalog of my local library.
25. My parents’ courage to support me whilst I go to war zones.
I would LOVE it if you would share 5-25 things YOU are thankful for in the comments below. THANKS!
More thankfulness inspiration here:
And if you want to join Ann Voskamp’s JOY DARE check out January’s Joy Dare