Multitude Monday: The Beginning...

Lately, it seems there is just so much sadness surrounding our little family.  We are on the verge of losing a sweet, wonderful, Christian mother within our church body to cancer.  She will be leaving behind a 7 and 9 year old and husband.  I have another friend that just lost her father to a year long battle with a brain tumor.  Even though I know our mighty savior and rest in His comfort and promises, I am sad.  He knows we will grieve and that is okay, He made us.  We don't have to dismiss our feelings, He knows our hearts and mine is very tender...I am very empathetic, placing myself in other's shoes all the time and thinking how I would feel, think and act...almost to a fault.  In the past, I would worry myself into a stooper thinking I was the one with the next shoe to drop...but that isn't God's voice in my ear.  On the contrary, He builds us up, gives us confidence, and if we let Him, he comforts us and transforms our minds on to better things...
Hence, Multitude Monday...I have a college friend and fellow blogger that has taken time each Monday to count her blessings, I always appreciated the little things she found awe-inspiring and worthy of thanksgiving to God for.  He gives us so much!  Then with all this sadness, my friend Mandey and I were chatting that sometimes we forget to see all the blessings around us in the midst of sorrow and sadness.  She mentioned the book "1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are" by Ann Voscamp.  The premise being despite much heartache and sadness in her life, she made a concious effort everyday to choose joy and record it in a gratitude journal.  Her goal to find 1000 things to be thankful for but of course she didn't stop there.  I need to read it all the way through...SOMEDAY!

Over the course of the next year, I hope to find things throughout the week, I am thankful for...surely I can find 1000 things I am thankful for...I am SO blessed and in the process, I know my heart will be filled with God's goodness as I thank him for all I have despite what I deserve...
I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness
and will sing praise to hte name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 7:17

I am thankful for...
  1. The way Solon rubs my back when he gives me a hug
  2. The way my husband always kisses me hello and good-bye when he comes and goes
  3. The way Vera looks when I nurse her to sleep in my arms, so peaceful and sweet
  4. The sun rising every morning and the way it feels so warm on my skin
  5. The gentle breeze on my skin as I watch my son dig in the sandbox in the backyard
  6. Our garden growing and little vegetables hanging on the stems just waiting to ripen
  7. the smell of freshly cut grass
  8. a nice cup of coffee each morning
  9. Pajama days
  10. phone calls from halfway around the world
  11. new babies being announced almost EVERY-SINGLE-DAY and the miracle they are
  12. folding teeny-tiny little clothes
  13. the smell of sunscreen and chlorine - nothing beats a pool day
  14. the rush of going down the water slide with a giggling 2 year old
  15. Vera's arms reaching for me and her big smile when I go in to get her out of her crib
  16. quiet afternnoons with sleeping kids
  17. a full night's sleep
  18. the words "I love you" and a kiss on the forehead each night before I go to sleep
  19. the feeling of accomplishment when I get to cross something off my list
  20. a good workout

The same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him
Romans 10:12b