Heart Full of Thanks — Counting 1000 Gifts

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Last week reminded me of the old TV show called “The Week That Was.”  Because that’s just what kept going through our minds every step of the way. Comfort was found in the words of Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG):
 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;

   don’t try to figure out everything on your own.

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

   he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Once again, I’m in stopping in to share the gifts I’ve received with Ann Voskamp and others over at A Holy Experience.

474.  Once again for safe and quick travel to and from Yakima, WA.
475.  A community of friends who helped our family until we arrived.
476.  God’s watchfulness over our own safety as we cared for Jim, lifting him and transferring him.
477.  For an up-to-date hospital and staff who cared for Jim until placement was made in a nursing facility.
478.  God’s hand on all of us as we shook our fists, cried out our hearts, and moved in disbelief that Jim could no longer be at home.
479.  Acceptance that our decisions were the best fit for both Jim and Helen.
480.  A safe and loving nursing facility, with guidelines based in Scripture.
481.  Staff at that facility showing compassion and care to their patients.
482.  For a nephew who could help Helen work out a financial plan for them going forward.
483.  For friends who gathered round us all.
484.  For the prayers of family and friends.
485.  For the love of my circle of blogging friends from coast to coast who lifted hands and hearts in prayer and petition on our family’s behalf.

 

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14 thoughts on “Heart Full of Thanks — Counting 1000 Gifts

  1. not. try. to. figure. it. out. myself. ??? 🙂 a hard lesson learned – I keep coming back to it – but I may just have it now! thanks for the sweet reminder! nice to "meet" you sister

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  2. Kelli, nice to "meet" you too! You made me smile — "not. try. to. figure. it. out. myself. ???" — we could be sisters in more ways than one on that one. I have struggled with that hard to learn lesson all my life. 🙂

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  3. Sherry – you have been in my thoughts this week. I know it must have been hard to put your brother in law in a nursing facility. Praying for peace and comfort.

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  4. What a tough week! but that verse – especially in the MSG. yes. it puts things in perspective, doesn't it. I've been praying for you, friend…all for Him,Nikki

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  5. What a difficult thing you (and your family) have been through. Thanks for sharing those familiar words in the MSG translation – such good words. May you sense His love all around you.

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  6. Joan, thanks for your continued prayers. They are so appreciated and felt. We are working toward acceptance that God's will isn't always ours but sometimes hard things are difficult to understand. I treasure your place in my faith community.

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  7. I guess that's what I love about The Message — it just gets right down and says it! I once attended a workshop directed by Eugene Peterson's son — like father, like son — down to earth and plain spoken. 🙂

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  8. Yes, Nikki, it was a tough week but God was definitely in the midst of it orchestrating every move that had to be made. It was amazing to see how He works the system! 🙂 And yes, that verse in The Message really opens one's eyes. I felt your prayers, and they are so welcome!All's grace and goodness,Sherrey

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  9. Cherry, it's good to see you! It seems we all love this verse as read from The Message — who knew! Great words, plain words. We do sense His love, and it's because of our faith community, both nearby and across the Internet. Glad you're a part of it.

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  10. Ohhhhh no. I left a nice – and kind a long and thoughtful comment – and then put in the address for the next blog. I wanted to read – and redirected there before I pressed publish on my comment – SAD! I tired the back button but it was too late. Grrrrrrrrrrr. So, really quickly – I liked the poem from the top post – and of your thank you's – all of the last ones were awesome. Those are some really hard decisions – a really difficult time – I'm glad you were surrounded by prayer – oh, and I'm really glad to see you attribute your images – so few people do that. Okay – done – and the first comment really was longer. 🙂 God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours, Sherrey.

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  11. Laura, thanks for the prayers. I too appreciate the more personal feel to The Message. My joy in using it comes, I think, from working with moms of preschoolers. I find they feel more comfortable with its language.

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  12. Craig, so glad you stopped by. I hate it when the computer defeats me after writing something that's just right. I'm glad you didn't give up and just go away. Thanks for encouragement and kind words. The prayers around us were so important and yes, those last gratitudes were the most important ones of all. Blessings to you, my friend.

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