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Counting to See! — 27 Comments

  1. I am with you on this! What a great inspiration for the year. I also love your list. After 25 years of home schooling I can understand that need for grace, but I must say, I sooooooooooooo miss it. It hasn’t been fun to be forced to stop, but God is adjusting me. May you see the beauty all around…even a clean kitchen is beautiful, or a teen boy’s messy room, because it reminds me that we have sooooooooooo few years left with him being at home.
    Have a great weekend.

    • I’ll be praying for you. We are actually putting my daughter back in school next year, but will homeschool our son in two years when he enters Jr. High. Have a blessed week Janette.

  2. I love it that you are keeping your eyes open…. 🙂
    I try to jot down a few things in my journal each day to “count.”

    Today, I am thankful for my new toilet and my Mr Fix It Husband (We had to replace the one in the master… long story…)

  3. I agree Barbie we are always rushing and that makes it very hard to slow down to appreciate & be thankful. I loved your list & enjoyed reading your blog today – nice to catch up sweet friend xx

  4. Visiting from the New Every Morning link-up!

    “The point is not in the number of gifts, but in the seeing.” This is spot on! I am finishing up reading One Thousand Gifts this week, and I continually find myself wanting to write down oh-so-many gifts… but then am I truly thankful for them? Or am I just trying to fill the page in my journal?

    I’m also asking the Lord to bring to mind things from the past that I have overlooked or forgotten without gratitude. I want to redeem the time lost!

    Looking forward to reading your list — however long it may be — each week. Blessings!

    • Thanks for stopping by Kayla! I look forward to visiting your blog and reading your list as well. I started to read Ann’s book last year but never finished it. Her style of writing is almost hard for me to comprehend, although so beautiful. I started my 2014 reading list with her book and intend on finishing it. Look forward to counting blessings with you!

  5. I so know what you mean about living with eyes half open. Last year was a struggle to count 1000 gifts. I barely made it, counting my 1000th gift on December 31st! The prompts don’t help me either. I have to look for things in my own life, and try not to be influenced by other peoples gifts. I think for me, part of the struggle has been the desire I have to not be in my current situation. I struggled a lot last year with accepting where the Lord has me right now (in my job, my home, etc.) So looking past that to see the good things was tough. Some days were better than others, but I don’t really feel like I made a lot of progress in the area of gratitude. So I will be counting again this year. A new set of 1000. I will be praying for you! 🙂

    • Oh friend, I will be praying for you. I felt so defeated last year when I was counting. I felt like I was comparing my life to those of others. I really want God to open my eyes this year, to see my life and all that is in it as a blessing. I am hoping you have some peace in your current situations at work, home, etc. Thankful we are counting together!

  6. This post really hits home for me, as it speaks to my one word for this year, Perspective. Thanks for keeping me grounded in that 🙂

    Today I cannot swallow… it’s a long complicated issue that I hope can be treated soon, but for today I CHOOSE to see the blessing in the fact that I have drinks that can meet my nutritional needs. I have caregivers who ensure that I am getting those drinks, and I have the money to purchase them.

    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Shelly, I am praying, asking the Father to bring complete and total healing to your body. It’s so encouraging how to CHOOSE to see the blessings all around you, despite your currently circumstances.

  7. Love this, Barbie! Jeremiah 29:11 usually gets all the attention, but one of my favorite verses is 13. It’s such a great reminder to me that usually when I’m feeling far away from God, it’s because I haven’t been doing a good job of seeking Him. Thank for this reminder today. I’m so glad you linked up with New Every Morning. 🙂

  8. I list the daily graces but don’t count them–sometimes using Ann’s prompts but mostly pausing to see and list like you do. I love that we’re seeking The Giver most of all! Here’s a few of my recent grace-findings: *sunshine on a clear, cold day *a hubby who tries to connect with his kids *the comfort of hot, fragrant, ginger-peach tea in a mug

    Deb Weaver

  9. Moving in two weeks?!! How nice!
    I’m seeing God’s hand of love in the blanket of snow that is covering the ground. As the temperature dips, He is protecting our water lines with the insulation of a good, thick snow covering.

    Blessings hon.

  10. “The point is not in the number of gifts, but in the seeing.” Amen, girl! Words I needed to read today. I’m so grateful we are doing this together and LOVE that you are sharing your gifts with Three Word Wednesday. Your heart is truly beautiful and so are you. I’m praying for you. And praying for the day we share a cup of coffee in person.
    Love you.
    Beth

    • I’m having to get creative with my post titles in order to make them fit, but hey, I could use “counting to see” every week and just add a twist or something 🙂 LOVE that we are in this together! Thanks for your prayers. Praying for you too!

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