In which I say 1000 thank yous to God (#’s 465 – 477)

by Craig on July 25, 2011

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# 465 … that Your delays are not Your denials

# 466 … that there is peace in wanting Your will above my own.

# 467 … that in everything…
in every plan, in every effort…
in every circumstance foisted upon me…
or every one I willingly enter into…
with every success, or failure…
every precisely correct move or near fatal error…
to want what You want, over what I want, brings peace…
to pray for what You want over anything else brings guarantee…
and nothing else does that…
because what You want for me is always and only my best.

# 468 …that my best is not perfection in this life, neither glory after glory, nor disaster after disaster, but in every outcome, in any situation, to be recast into the image of Your Son.

# 469 … that although the dance of this life is my own – if I choose – the movements, the nuances of line and motion, are Yours.

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# 470 … for this imperfect life that is a quest for perfection with Grace for the quest…

# 471 … that a year ago I had never read a single Christian blog, and then I read so many that touched my brain but not my heart, and then I found this community that writes Your wisdom. But. With. Heart.

# 472 … for the reading that’s like a hundred little reminders through each day to slow down, and stay in You, and be still, and know You are God. It’s a gift – this reading. Through it I am reminded again and again each day that I should keep striving and just …

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# 473 … for this community who’s words reflect Your Word – and how Your Word was made up. So many authors, over so much time, from different vantage points, different circumstance, but always marked by You.

# 474 … that it’s all well and good that You love me. But it’s really nice that You heart me too.

# 475 … that the harder hallelujahs, the thank you’s for the difficult, are part of the counting.

# 476 … that most days aren’t like this, most days my brain is much more operable. But even this day, when my thinking has to fight to hold on – like Fall in the face of Winter – and the only thing that feels “good” is to lie down and do nothing. I can thank you for that. Where would I be, how broken would I be, how bitter, if I couldn’t say thank you for that.

# 477 … that it is so much better to have You in the going out and coming in, the labor, the leisure, the laughter, the heartache, because without You every victory would be hollow and every tear cried alone.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

amy July 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

love your list craig. #475… so hard, so necessary

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 11:58 am

it does seem that the older I get – the more broken the world seems to be. But it’s always been broken – ever since the Fall – it’s a beautiful place – it has God’s fingerprints everywhere – but everything is broken – and life can be really hard – and so it’s a good thing that we can have the hard halleluia. thank you Amy, thank you, and God bless you.

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donna rae July 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

“But it’s really nice that You heart me too.” – – oh, the smile this brought me today! Thank you for your love of God, for sharing the gifts you’re glimpsing. Blessings today and all days!

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

that one makes me smile to donna rae – it’s not like he has to love us – although he kinda does – but he certainly doesn’t have to heart us – but he does – he hearts hanging around us – he hearts when we talk to him – he hearts when we love. Thank you so much, and blessings to you too.

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Stefanie Brown July 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

Visiting from Multitudes o Mondays…
Oh… I love #465. If we could simply grasp and hold onto that thought, our frustrations would greatly decrease and our trust would increase!
Have a spectacular day!

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I think that sometimes God’s delays – just may be God’s denials – but mostly I think not – mostly a delay means wait – or keep trying. No? And I need to grab a hold of it too – you’re so right – frustrations would decrease and trust would increase. I really hope you have a spectacular day as well Stephanie!

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Kristin July 25, 2011 at 10:35 am

Loved your list as always. I’m practicing #475 this week!
Have a wonderful rest of the week. . .with HIM!

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

the hard hallelujah – necessary – and Ann says that if we aren’t counting the hard things where miscounting. I don’t want to miscount. Through year challenges Kristin, I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week with him too.

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Kelly July 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

singing the hard hallelujahs with you this week. blessings!

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

good to know that I’m in good company Kelly. I think the hard hallelujahs are totally okay with our Lord – so long as there’s a hallelujah part. Blessings to you too, blessings!

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Glenna July 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

A great list of thankfulness …..GOD is sooooooooo Good to us !!! May I always give him praise

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Amen Glenna, God is so good – always deserving of praise – and if we don’t praise him – the very rocks will. God bless and keep you Glenna.

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MrsH July 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

Craig, your words are truly God given. Sorry I have been away for a while and have missed your posts so much! My favorite (really hard to decide today) was “that it is so much better to have You…because without You every victory would be hollow and every tear cried alone.”
beautiful. heart piercing. TRUTH.

thank you

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

thank you, Mrs H, sometimes if I listen really close, I can hear a thing or two from Him – we all can. Thank you for your kind words – your really kind words. To live life without Our Lord – I don’t know how people do it – I really don’t know. Thank you very much again – and God bless and keep you.

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Cora July 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m with MrsH on this, Craig. I picked the same one. To think that we are crying alone is one of the most horrible things — worse than what we are actually crying about. Having Him just gives reasons to things, even when I don’t know the immediate reason. Somehow I know that HE knows, and that gets more ok as I get older! Praying for you today!

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Craig July 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

even in the most desolate place, even in the worst pain, even in the greatest joy, if any of these are experienced “alone” – they’re still not alone. I heart that part about God. And thank you for your prayers Cora – – always in need of prayer – so thank you – and God bless you my friend.

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Carol July 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm

This is the first time I have ever written to a blog. I am new to 1000 gifts, But your list was awsome. God is so good. I don’t know how I could get through anything knowing I was ALONE. To know He is there — good or bad– to share is wonderful. Bless you and continue your beautiful thoughts.

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Craig July 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

first of all Carol, I apologize for being so late in replying to your comment. I’m sorry, really. I remember commenting on my very first blog – how I read so many before I commented on the first one – and that one, I remember feeling like an intruder. Thank you from my heart for “intruding”- and your words – they were so gracious, so gracious. Your comment meant more to me than you can know. God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours.

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tina July 27, 2011 at 7:30 am

This one is the one that touched me the most: that the harder hallelujahs, the thank you’s for the difficult, are part of the counting. At this point in life, with things spiraling all around me, I have to be reminded of this A LOT. Thanks for posting, it was a blessing to stop by.

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Craig July 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

first, I apologize for being so late in responding to your comment – sorry, really sorry, your comment meant a whole bunch the first time I read it – an I should have commented right away – but I didn’t – and then time slipped – no excuse – just sorry, really sorry. And I SO get things “spiraling around” – and I want you to know that I have prayed for you – and I consider it an honor – the chance to pray for you. Thank you for that. Life on this planet – broken as it is – and us being is brokenness we are – and God having to allow it – for a while – because he is a God of justice and a God of love – there is a lot of hard – and so we definitely need the hard hallelujahs – and I’m just as glad as you are that they are part of the counting. Thank you Tina, thank you lots. And God bless and keep you amid the tempest.

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A. August 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

Craig, your list, and your pictures…heart those pictures!!!!! i pray He gives you a blessing through pictures today. :) A.

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