In which are 1,000 thank you’s to God (#’s 828-840)

by Craig on March 19, 2012

1000 thank yous, a Gratitude Journal to God along with Ann Voskampsource

It’s Monday before dawn…
a solitary bird warbles…
the horizon is no longer night…
but not yet day…

#829… thank You for springtime sunrises.

Just before dawn it’s now but not yet…
and I smile because it’s time for counting thank you’s.

And I’ve been thinking about all the extraordinary families I know with a heart for adopting. Some go to Africa to make children who don’t belong…belong. I’m reminded that adoption means choosing…like You, Lord, chose me, chose us…adopted…us.

Thank You God…

#830… because I’ve had fathers.
One abandoned me…
one practically destroyed me…
and then there was You.

#831… that You are devoted (MT 28:20)…
Lifter of my head (PS 3:3)…
even in the swirling shadows (PS 23:4)…

#832… that once I was an orphan at the gate.

1000 thank yous, a Gratitude Journal to God along with Ann Voskampsource

The gate was thrown open…
and You. chose. me.

#833… that You are the base of my being…
You are my air.
I’m not me without You.
Like the temple had a cornerstone…
You are my cornerstone. (MT 21:42)

#834… that though there is nothing to me, to us
frail little frame, a fragile life…
mistake after mistake…
after mistake…
after mistake…
a poor conductor for Your power…
I have You…
a brother…
friend…
the Only God…
in whom I can…
rest…
hope…
believe.

And I’ve been considering lately how temptation often has the element of urgency. Like darts of panic and tension being thrown at us.

1000 thank yous, a Gratitude Journal to God along with Ann Voskamp

It's not from a Christian source...but I DO find this interesting...and pertinent...and appropriate...and kinda true. Oh, and if you can't read the fine print, if you click it, it gets bigger. ¯(◔‿◔)/¯

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The voice of Evil whispers desperately, “Hurry up and do it. This really will make you happy! Think later. Do now. You might not get another chance. But…

#835… thank You for also whispering.
You show me my sin (PS 51:3).
You show me Your light (2 Cor 4:6).
You tell me…
“You can have more of that…or more of Me.”

#836… that as inviting as that is…
I can do no better than #833

#837… for Love.
Nothing else aside from angels…
aside from You…
Can love.
Just us.

#838… that every single bit of love issues from the Fount of all love. I, we, couldn’t love at all unless You…Are. It’s not only because you loved us first (1Jn 4:19), but that You LOVED first (1 Jn 4:8).

#839… that though I have never had a bride…I am married…to You.

#840… that it’s one thing to say, “I love You Lord”…and quite another to have experience after experience to confirm why I do. I’m thankful for those.

PS. Instead of NCAA tournament brackets I have better ones…would you consider looking them over…maybe filling them out and finding your Sweet 16…Elite 8…Final Four…and the winner…a different kind of champion? You’ll heart it. I promise. It’s here.

 

Oh, and like every Monday since the dawn of this blog…
I’m linking with Ann and other Grace chasers to count…

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy March 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

Ugh, the urgency of sin. It trips us all up again and again, but thankfully He forgives us again and again and we remember why we try. Have a wonderful week walking in His grace. :)

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Stacy, the evil one has such a bag of tricks to draw from – urgency IS one of them – I fell for another one of his today – I succeeded in so many things – and failed at the most important thing of the day – and for a while I fought through it – but I gave in to discouragement – then he pulled out another trick while I was down – then he kept adding on. Satan has no mercy – he really has NO mercy – . I think you probably know as well as I do – and all of us who write in this community all feel it – we present “wonderful weeks walking in his grace” – and then we stumble – and nobody sees as well as we do how unfit we really are. I always thought Paul was overstating when he said he was “chief of sinners” – I think maybe he, and other great Christian people throughout time who have seen God’s grace so mightily – maybe they feel their own weaknesses that much more. Anyway, I’m rambling – maybe I should have saved this for a post – but I thank you that you are here reading this, and I guess none of us walk in his grace – we stumble. God bless and keep you Stacy!

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Nikki March 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

What a perfect way to start my Monday morning, Craig–reading your gifts! they encouraged me to breathe in deep. thank you!
we are so loved it’s overwhelming. amazing! and I’m so thrilled you’re not taking it for granted.
Thanks for encouraging me today!
all for Him,
Nikki

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

thank you Nikki, and thank you for “intruding” on twitter this morning – I hate – really HATE when I mess up – and then I DON’T “breathe in deep” when I should. We ARE so loved – and we ARE in his hands – and although I might not take it for granted – I don’t make full use of it either. Thank YOU for encouraging ME today. God bless and keep you.

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Elizabeth March 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

Giving thanks with you today that we are one of His adopted ones!

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

it was from my friend Nicole that I first heard the expression “orphans at the gate” – and she’told me she got it from Frank Paretti – no wonder it sounds so poetic – and WE were orphans, alone against the universe – and without God, alone against the Evil One. And we too often still feel like it don’t we – even though we SAY we are daughters and sons of the King. I’m glad that you are adopted too – an adopted sister I’m glad to know. God bless and keep you and yours.

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sarah March 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thanks for splashing me with God’s goodness today. I hope you don’t mind if I wade around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into all good things.

Splashin’
Sarah

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Thank you Sarah. God bless and keep you.

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Lisa Maria March 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

Gosh Craig…there’s so much here I don’t know where to start! I’ll have to come back and read it a second time. I linked up at Ann’s today and saw your post but when I clicked on it it said ‘wordpress error’. I don’t know if its just me but it looks like you linked your preview. Just thought I’d give you a heads-up so you can go on over and fix it.

Blessings!

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Lisa Maria – I knew of that mistake – and there was nothing I could do to rectify it – and so everyone who clicked through the link got that so, so, so RUDE message. You have it right – that’s exactly what I did – I linked to my preview – but it can’t be fixed – and there’s no way to contact Ann quickly enough to do anything about it. Just breathe in the grace of God – there’s only one person – only ONE person who doesn’t make mistakes – there is grace… There is grace.

And anything that is in this post is only good because I read the people I read – if I had chosen to blog in a different community – a theological community – one that preaches and debates and doesn’t tell stories, and doesn’t speak with emotion and heart – it would all be different – I wouldn’t have learned so much as I have this year – nor would I have had so much trial either – I just get inspired by what I read – and it comes out in what I write. thank you for your kind words – always kind words – and God bless and keep you my friend.

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Sylvia March 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

Craig, this is all so blessedly moving. Oh yes, those fathers who abandon or nearly destroy — and the One Who never leaves us, whose plans for us are to prosper and never harm. Soo grateful to be His adopted! He is our all in all!
And that chart is so insightful, and so fitting for right where I am today.
Thank you for this lovely post. God bless you richly!

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

plans for your welfare – not for your woe – plans to give you a future and a hope – I grabbed a hold of that verse at the very beginning of my Christianity – it hit my heart – at the start. I think God hearts when we weave Scripture into what we write – just like you just did in your comment – I heart it too! And that chart! SO good – amazing what
s out there on the inter-webs – I’m glad you liked it. Thank you as always Sylvia, and God bless you richly too!!

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Carrie March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I love this: “You can have more of that…or more of Me.” I must remember it each and every day because it’s so easy to feel the urgency to do, do, do. The urgency to get the kids ready or the urgency to start learning for the day or the urgency to cram in as much housework as I can. Sigh. I think I’ll print out onto a small card and insert it into an empty photo frame. Seems lately I need all the visual reminders I can get! Thank you for sharing your heart and for the gentle reminder!

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

oh, I’m not sure if I’ll ever write about it here, one of my worst failings of faith – about 20 years ago – but I remember hearing that – I remember hearing that is clear as a bell… “that of me” — and then, soon after, I couldn’t hear anything at all. Maybe I’ll tell the story some day – it may take a little more nerve than I have. Thank you Carrie, thank you, God bless you!

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Martha Orlando March 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I heart #833, too! He is my cornerstone. In Him, I live and move and have my very being. All thanks and praise and glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
And, thank you, Craig, for this beautiful inspiration today. :)
God bless you, my friend!

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

where would I be without that cornerstone – I’ a wobbly building even with the best cornerstone there could possibly be. I guess, maybe it’s because the cornerstone is meant to bear the stress of the structure – and then we go about building our structure the way WE want to and place the stress on weaker points instead of that strongest point. I might say the inspiration for that little epiphany came from nowhere – but see – this is what I talk about all the time – and what I talked about in another reply today – I learn so much from the people I read – and the people who read me. I’m thankful for you today Martha, thank you for that, thank you for YOUR beautiful inspiration. God bless you too my friend!

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Dawn March 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

It’s just before dawn, it’s now but not yet

Do you know Amy Grant’s song The Now and the Not Yet? I LOVE it! I’ll see if I can find it on YouTube. It’s for all of us who are intrigued by time and space
http://youtu.be/tYTw6HGWANM
Be blessed,
Dawn

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Craig March 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Dawn, that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking of when I wrote those words – the song – the metaphor of dawn being the day – now but not yet – you ARE brilliant Dawn (I think that’s a record for the number of “dawns” in one comment) (ツ) You be blessed too my friend.

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Nicole March 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Beautiful!!

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