multitudes on mondays

Monday, January 31, 2011

I have to be honest. I really did not expect this spiritual discipline to begin to change me so quickly or so profoundly. I think I thought that I was plenty thankful already. I have never had a lot of trouble being thankful for the big gifts in my life. The everyday things are the more difficult. That's been my challenge this week. I think that I've been looking for the uber-spiritual in my life instead of the everyday. This past week, I attempted to concentrate on the everyday things. I did not do as well as I would have hoped. This is a discipline still developing in my life, like every other spiritual discipline, frankly.

This week, I persevere, counting every gift, any gift, each day, every day as a gift given from the One who is the Giver of every good and perfect gift. 

36. an eldest child who is in many ways more like Jesus than I'll ever be
37. full tanks of gas
38. handmade pottery mug filled with steaming fair trade coffee
39. comfortable canvas shoes
40. affectionate baby head butts
41. God's peace through song
42. my Moleskine notebooks
43. a daughter's bravery
44. elementary best friends
45. impending storms
46. beautiful fabrics, lush and colorful
47. kind and gentle words, combatting harshness
48. prayers for healing
49. the faith of a maturing brother, even if I still see him at 10 years old
50. apples, colorful and fragrant, piled in a wooden bowl

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