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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." Richard Bach

Monday, July 25, 2011

To infinity and beyond....

 
Okay, well maybe not infinity.....  but 237 days ago, 1000 might as well 
have been infinity.  It was daunting, attempting to write down 1000 
of God's gifts.  But like rolling away a film on my eyes, I discovered His 
gifts are freely given all the time.  It has changed my entire perception 
of how to pay attention. 
 
In teaching a class about discontent for our Keepers 
at Home group,  Ann's book generated the foundation for the instruction 
in contentedness.  
 
Daring tweens and teens to begin their own gratitude journals and 
instructing them in how to acknowledge the small and seemingly 
insignificant is catching on.  It is like paying forward the blessings.
 
God gives good gifts.  
Noticing changes everything.  Moments are affected.
It all begins with Simple Praises.
 
Thank you Ann for inspiring me to open my eyes, unclench my
hands, and wake up my heart.
 
I am blessed.
 
#1000-#1009
Ann Voskamp's book 
A double rainbow
Butterflies
Blossoms
 
Basil (can you smell it?)
Ruth, The Most Beautiful Woman I Know
 
Rolling in clothes all warm and fresh out of the dryer
 
Meeting Ann and thanking her in person.  (What a great way 
to start the next 1000)
Now, on to infinity! 
 
"In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive 
than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. " 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 
 

7 comments:

Wendy Mueller said...

Christina, thank you for sharing your blessings with us. I am more and more excited to start this next leg of my journey towards simplicity and holiness.

amandatdodson said...

What a great post! I read Ann's book, but it was the first time I heard her speak at She Speaks and what a blessing it was. I came home changed. I've begun counting the gifts and now I'm getting ready to start doing it w/ my ten and twelve year old. Glad to have found your blog! :)

Christina Parker Brown said...

Thank you, Wendy, you are an awesome example of blessing!

Christina Parker Brown said...

Thank you Amanda, you won't be disappointed!

Julie Gillies said...

Christina,

I love your beautiful photos and inspiring gratitude count. I truly believe gratitude keeps us from becoming bitter, feeling sorry for ourselves, or jealous. Thank you for the sweet reminder! :-)

Christina Parker Brown said...

Julie, I am grateful for you!

Niccol said...

Christina, love your site... following you as well - loved meeting you at SS

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