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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Stirring In My Heart

I feel it deep inside my heart and soul. A stirring is taking place. It always happens to me when I read something meaningful and thought provoking. It happened to me when I read "Hinds Feet On High Places" By Hannah Hurner at age 18. It happens when I read anything by Sue Monk Kidd. It always happens when I read the bible. It is happening to me now as I read "One Thousand Gifts" By Ann Voskamp. I know for the past two blogs I have mentioned this book. I know I am being redundant, but I am learning to stop and take note of my life and the beauty in this life all around because of the life changing message in this book. In my own hand written personal journal I am beginning to compile my One Thousand Gift list of things that are really breathtakingly beautiful in this world. It is painstakingly important for me to do this. For through doing this list I have realized something about myself. I run so fast sometimes that I forget to notice the blessings in life that are all around me. I strive to get by and get through my busy, hectic schedule of today and I miss it. I miss touching, I miss hearing, I miss seeing the one thousand gifts in the everyday. For far too long I have listed my grievances and I feel that this is important to do. I will continue to pour out to God the things that ill me, because I know He is the only one who can heal all of those grievances. But, I must remember to list all of the wonderfully, amazing, splendid, majestic gifts as well. The gifts that surround me thorough out the day and call to me in the night time hours. These gifts must be collected and stored like the priceless treasure that they really are. So I will continue on with my list today and hope that you will be inspired to start your own.

16. New snow falling.

17. The roar and heat of a fireplace.

18. The smell of a florist shop.

19. The smell of a bakery.

20. Mom's cooking.

21. Hugs from a friend.

22. Inspiration from a book.

23. A cat's purr.

24. A dog's wagging tail.

25. The way a new born baby grabs tight to your finger when you place it in their hand.

Let God's many gifts in your life stir your hearts deeply today.

"I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder."

2 Peter 1:13


BARBIE said...

I just received my book in the mail today. I've been stirred and encouraged as I've read other's lists. I think I may be starting mine soon!

Dorie said...

Beautiful words and gratitude listing you are compiling! I, too, am blessed by the gratitude listing and slowing down to really experience life.

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