In which I say thank you 1,000 times to God (#451-464)

by Craig on July 18, 2011

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My Lord, My God, I am really thankful today…

#451…  that #1 on my 100’s list is all past tense. I had fixed a course that would have taken me far from You. And You crushed me to bring me home. But that event is now far past, and True North is the only horizon I see.

#452… Although this season of life is bruising, and prickly, and exhausting…
I get the joy, and honor, and golden opportunity…
to have so much time to be centered on You…
reading of You,
writing of You,
pondering You,
connecting with Yours.
The path might be jagged, uneven, and steep, but it’s clearly Your path.

#453… that this rugged and pebbly path is better than any smooth one that doesn’t lead to You.

#454… that You are the only One who requires nothing outside of Yourself to exist.

#455… that because You exist…
the universe,
which cannot exist on its own,
exists…
and we,
being part of it,
literally live and move and have our being in You (Acts 17:28).

#456… because You had no need to make a universe, because You never have any need. Still, You made it all, to make one blue spinning orb, upon which you created us. You didn’t have to do it. But You did.

#457… that You had no need to forgive us every imperfection, rebellion, and sin. But You did.

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#458… because I once thought it was unfair that You would create us as imperfect. Why make us knowing we would sin? But I see part of Your light now – albeit imperfectly, as through a mirror dark (1 COR 13:12). I can grasp how this may be the way of creation. And I keep forgetting though I say the words often – that I, that we, are creations.

#459… that there is obviously no way to “make” a God. You either are self existent, all powerful, all knowing, perfect Love or You are not – there is no creating One True God. So You made us, for a little while lower than the angels (PS 8:5) – and there was never, ever a possibility that You would not extend Grace. Because You are love – love forgives – You forgive.

#460… that although I will never be perfect in all ways…
because that would make me God…
and true Gods are not made…but I am…
and there is only One God anyway…
somehow, one day, I will always and forever…
be able to perfectly love…
and will choose to.

#461…that to be perfect in even one way, or two, or ten, isn’t possible in this lifetime – but it will be.

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#462… that although You have no responsibility to reveal any of this to us – You do.

#463… because Your Grace, like You, is so immense, monumental, and vast – yet so personal.

#464… because Your Grace is an act beyond cosmic proportions but not very difficult math.

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Angela July 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hey there—making my rounds.

Love your pics. Isn’t a good feeling when you can knock off some of the to-do things on your list?

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Kristin July 18, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’m so glad you have the time time to “Ponder” all His amazingness! :)

I’m always glad to be here. Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

ps~again, you always find the most wonderful pictures to go with your most wonderful words!
I’m waiting to see a book on the shelves with your name on it :)

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Craig July 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I’ve gotten behind on replying to my comments – sorry Kristin, really, sorry!

Anyway – good word! “amazingness” – I heart that word! and a book on the shelves? I got close once or twice – and I’d heart that myself, but God’s timing – not mine – his will – not mine. I’ll just be faithful with what I’m doing now. thank you Kristin. God bless you.

P.S. If I can find an illustrator for my children’s book, which is already written, but just needs adorable artwork – I’ve saved a little money and I might self publish that one. I heart that book.

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Janis@Open My Ears Lord July 19, 2011 at 1:10 am

Craig, this list really reached the heart of the matter between God and us. It’s truly profound and beautiful at the same time. He had no obligation to forgive our imperfections, sin, and rebellion–yet He did and does every time we come to Him with a contrite heart. What marvelous depth of love to contemplate and imitate in our relationships with others.
Thank you for all of your visits.
Blessings to you each and every day,
Janis

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Craig July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Janis, first of all I apologize because I’m late replying to my comment – so sorry. And thank you bunches for your really gracious words. I heart God’s grace. And I heart reading you (◠‿◠). blessings to you too, Janis.

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Christina July 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

#458–one that humbles me and brings me back to 454-456. Thankful for the time you are having in Him, learning and growing because then you share with us so we too can learn and grow. Thank you for always pointing to Him.
Blessings to you!

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Craig July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

thank you Christina – I read back through your “thank you” trail – thank you for that. And I have grown a lot – with all this reading, and researching, and studying, but the thing that has been the best surprise of all – is all the learning I get to do by just reading people like you. Thank you Christina, and God bless.

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Debbie July 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanking Him with you for the paths we are one, however rough and pebbly, that are so good and so much better than the smooth ones that we take away from Him. It makes me think of why they call it “backsliding”. :) God bless you and all the ways you thank Him each day!

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Craig July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Oh, the rough, and narrow, and straight path that leads to Him. I really don’t want to be on any other one, no matter how well paved. And backsliding on a pebbly road – it does give a new nuance to the meaning. Thank you Debbie, and God bless you.

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Jamie @ See Jamie blog July 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Love the habit of cultivating thankfulness!

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Craig July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Jamie, sometimes I wonder if Ann really knows what a beautiful habit she has started in so many of us. I heart cultivating thankfulness. Thank you for reading, God bless and keep you.

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A. August 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

heart number four sixty three…especially the personal part. but also the huge, vast, omnipotent God part.

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