In studying 1 Thessalonians, I get hung up over in chapter 5:16-18 on three of the simplest verses in the whole book.
pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Easier said than done--or is it just me?
Yet, these things are God's will in Christ Jesus for me,
so He will make it possible for me to do those things.
In me, impossible.
In Him, all these things possible.
This morning I read a quote from Charles Spurgeon that brought these verse together for me.
"When joy and prayer are married, their first born child is gratitude."
Joy + prayer = gratitude.
When I seek joy with a heart that's in continuous communication with my Father, gratitude for Him will flow.
Eucharisteo precedes the miracle,
but chairo (rejoicing) and proseuchomai (praying) precede eucharisteo.
I love that.
I did some gift-counting in 2013, but I'm starting my list over and working toward 1000 in 2014.
(I gave myself a head start.)
1. warm house
2. cold winter sunshine
3. blue skies
4 hot coffee with cream
5. gluten free banana bread with coconut
6. the hands that made the bread
7. raspberries from our summer garden
8. Big Red
9. a new, gentle alarm that makes me smile (a little) when it goes off
10. DD#2 and her sense of humor
11. under warm covers
12. a plan for the paper clutter that tries to eat my house
13. Hillsong's Aftermath album
14. a plan for Sunday morning
15. hot soup
17. a paycheck
19. & 20 two of my favorite sisters in Christ
21. a job
22. blue mason jars with white daisies
23. 1 Thessalonians
24. God gives God.
25. All I really need I already have in Christ
26. I am His and He is mine
27. What He starts, He'll finish
29.& 30 appliances to make life easier
31. a new journal
32. years of old journals
33. onions cooking in olive oil
34. morning dark
35. first light
36. a clean floor
37. the testimony of the year
38. snow day!
39. Jesus Project verses
40. Jesus was in the Beginning
41. The Word is God.
42. Sunday morning worship with our little group
43. morning quiet in my house
It's a long list! Keep me accountable for counting!