17 August 2009

When all thy mercies, O my God...

"When all Thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I'm lost in wonder, love and praise.

Unnumbered comforts to my soul Thy tender care bestowed, before my infant heart conceived from whom those comforts flowed."

Hymn 51, Trinity Hymnal

Here's an attempt at the numbering of those comforts to my soul. May it increase my joy, as well as yours! Consider joining the Gratitude Community and writing down your blessings as well.

I know this list has no theme, nothing that appears to hold it together. I guess what holds this together is that my Father has bestowed all these gifts in my life...overwhelming! And this is only the tip of the iceberg! More on that next time.

0022 thick beach towels

0023 colorful beach towels hanging up to dry

0024 colorful beach towels stacked up waiting to be used

0025 tiny girl bathing suits

0026 tiny hineys in said bathing suits

0027 brown arms, legs and backs

0028 sun bleached hair

0029 free public pool with every kind of person imaginable in attendance

0030 husband who loves to cook (more than I do)

0031 ice cream maker and fresh peach ice cream!

0032 cold showers at the end of a sweaty day

0033 staying up late and cleaning/organizing

0034 sleeping late in summer

0035 going to a teaching workshop for the first time in at least 10 years!

0036 being able to support friends going into missions abroad

0037 banging my dishes at night because my neighbor is away

0038 sunny kitchen windows

0039 the cool of water on hot shoulders

0040 reading a funny book to the boys (Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker; don't tell anyone but Clementine really reminds me of Theo)

0041 #1 attachment on the clipper set and a freshly-shorn head (Clayton)

0042 having oldest son say he wishes he was like me (gulp!)

0043 when by God's grace I use a gentle answer and thereby turn away wrath

0044 a hazy sunset that reminds me of my years in Atlanta

0045 the Trinity Hymnal

0046 teaching Sunday School to the 2-3 graders. We had such a great discussion yesterday!

0047 having people over and that forcing me to clean up!

0048 the United States Postal Service

0049 the new yellow dress that my dear, sweet husband bought for me ON HIS OWN, UNPROMPTED, COMPLETELY WITHOUT MY INPUT! And I love it!

0050 yellow and how it makes me feel


holy experience

4 comments:

  1. wow.
    you didn't need a disclaimer, that list rolled off the screen as a beautiful perspective and gift to receive
    thank you, and yes , there is something about beach towels, I noted them today too.

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  2. What?! John bought you that hot dress? John, you rock. You looked quite lovely, Kit. Yellow's my favorite color and you are one of my favorite people; good combo. :)

    Thanks for giving thanks so that we are reminded to do likewise.

    God is good; His love endures forever.

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  3. I just saw Clementine at a bookstore and was trying to think of who I could buy it for - she looks SO CUTE! :)

    Are you getting ready for bootcamp?! Just a couple of weeks away! :)

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  4. It was your reference to Addison's magnificent hymn "When All Thy Mercies" that caught my eye this morning. Incidentally, if you're not familiar with the entire hymn, I encourage you to check it out on the Cyber Hymnal here...
    http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/w/h/e/whenallt.htm

    I found your list of God's mercies interesting too. It reminded me of a project I took on a few years ago. For a whole year I kept a daily journal of things I thanked the Lord for. Each evening, I'd list three things from that particular day for which I was grateful. It was a wonderful experience!

    And if you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns. (And our hymns are certainly another thing for which to praise God!)

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