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Dec 01

What I learned from the 30 Days of Blessings

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9

Wow. I’m overwhelmed and so encouraged by this outpouring of love! I’m also very grateful for the lessons learned along the way.  One word could sum up the lessons – THANKFULNESS. My heart has been convicted over the last month about being thankful.

J and I have gone through some trials, pain and challenges that have us in a season of waiting on the Lord. From waiting for children to waiting for a house to waiting for answers to some recent uncertainties. We bring these requests before the Lord and His answer has been “no” or “wait” so far.  But He has given us so many blessings, so much kindness.

He is patient and loving toward us. He has faithfully and graciously provided for our needs. He has not forsaken us. He has brought encouragement and sweet fellowship. He has SAVED US! We have nothing to complain about. But I sometimes find myself thinking, “thanks for that blessing, Lord,….but that’s not what I asked for. Could you answer my prayer now?” Isn’t that wicked?  From day 1 of the 30 Days my heart has been challenged to receive ALL of my Father’s gifts with thankfulness…none are deserved, after all.  He may be asking us to wait, but He is showering His love on us every single day.  I want to learn to SAVOR His daily blessings and bring my requests to Him with thankfulness.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

If seeing God’s daily kindnesses isn’t enough to motivate thankfulness, the following description of unrighteous men should be…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, THEY DID NOT HONOR HIM AS GOD OR GIVE THANKS TO HIM, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Romans 1:19-23 (emphasis added)

Right? Ouch. Praying for a heart that recognizes God’s goodness both in the valley and on the mountain and responds with gratefulness!

So thank YOU friends who showered us with kindness over the last 30 days. You have ministered to us more than you can know.

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Nov 30

Blessings #20-29

Sorry for the delay in posting these blessings. We were on a road trip last week and I didn’t have room to take the gifts with us!

Days 20-29 of 30 Days of Blessings

Mmmmmm TJ’s Pumpkin Bread and a wonderful smelling candle.

Pajamer Pants! Super comfy…

A new cookbook. I love cookbooks!

JR Watkins Soaps and Cleaner! This stuff smells so good.

Oh boy…. Panda Pooper and Penguin Pooper

What’s perfect on a cold winter evening? Cold Stone hot cocoa in adorable Christmas mugs!

My first bird feeder! I’ve got it hanging up and I’m keeping an eye out for little birdies.

Snowman friends! They have bobble bodies….hm, that sounds weird…. they bobble, but not just their heads….hm….they’re so cute!

Love these dishtowels, especially the goldenrod fringe. (that’s right, goldenrod.)

I’m told #30 is on it’s way… can’t wait!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 19

Blessings #18 & #19

Day 18 & 19 of 30 Days of Blessings

Bubble Bath! It smells sooooo good!

AWESOME! A gift certificate to Oak Tree Gun Club. The perfect place for J to take his shotgun :-)

THANK YOU!

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Nov 18

Blessing #17

Day 17 of 30 Days of Blessings

I love pitchers! This one from Anthro is the perfect size and it’s so cute!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 16

Blessings #14, #15 & #16

Day 14, 15 & 16 of 30 Days of Blessings

Yea gifts specifically for J! We’re big Art of Shaving fans.

Mmmmm…this is one of our very favorite types of coffee – Black Cat Classic Espresso from Intelligentsia

THANK YOU!

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Nov 13

Blessings #12 & #13

Day 12 & 13 of 30 Days of Blessings

Seriously…did you guys read my “What I want from Anthropologie” journal?  I’ve been wanting these adorable measuring spoons. CUTE!

Say it with me now, “wax on, wax off.” Sweet! The original 1984 Karate Kid!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 11

Blessing #11

Day 11 of 30 Days of Blessings

A lovely Mulled Apples Soywax candle.  Mmmmm it smells like Fall….

THANK YOU!

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Nov 10

Blessing #9 & #10

Day 9 & 10 of 30 Days of Blessings

A super cute apron! I love aprons! (PS that’s the apple cider from Day 1 in the kettle :) )

A lovely tea set. I’m not sure if it’s Japanese or Chinese…the box says “Designed by Kagestu, Japan. Made in China.” Either way, I love it!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 08

Blessing #8

Day 8 of 30 Days of Blessings

Today’s gift is sponsored by the letter “M”
YES! I’ve been wanting one of these letters from Anthropologie!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 07

Blessing #7

Day 7 of 30 Days of Blessings

God may have rested on the 7th day, but apparently the Betty Crocker Fairy didn’t.  I got mixes coming out my ears! Mmmmm mmmmmm sugary goodness…

THANK YOU!

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Nov 06

Blessing #6

Day 6 of 30 Days of Blessings

2 Regal Cinema gift cards – we love movie dates! Saw Megamind this afternoon…super entertaining.

THANK YOU!

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Nov 05

Blessing #5

Day 5 of 30 Days of Blessings

YES! The beautiful footed bowls I’ve been wanting from Crate and Barrel! Aren’t they great?

THANK YOU!

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Nov 04

Blessing #4

Day 4 of 30 Days of Blessings

Today’s gift is a…shall we say…white elephant basket. A hilarious one at that.

Included in the basket:

1. A sparkly pumpkin that is definitely making an appearance on my Thanksgiving table this year.

2. A Snoopy Valentines Friendship Book with 6 candy rolls that I may or may not share with my friends.

3. A Braves Talking Bottle Opener…just what every Dodger fan wants.

4. A glow in the dark party pack including bracelets, cross pendants and cross ear drops. These will come in handy when…. well, sometime when I need a glow in the dark bracelet.

5. People Magazine’s 2007 Yearbook – did you guys hear about Vince and Jen!??!! Oh wait…

These next five items need to be pictured. You just have to see them.

6. Two *echhhem* Jesus mugs filled with candy because nothing says “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” like a redneck-looking white guy with a flaming candy heart printed on a mug.

7.  A Rav Shmuel single and video CD produced by the “Jewish Music Group.” Need I say more?

8. A “Chutzpah, This is?” DVD…. wow, Jewish hip-hop. It’s the official Hip-Hop-Umentary.

9.  A “Military Makeup Kit (Kit Includes: Face Paint)”… put that in the “obvious description” category and the “save for next Halloween” category.

10. A Yoga Dogs 2011 Calendar. February and August are my favorites. My 2011 just got a little funnier.

THANK YOU!

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Nov 03

Blessing #3

Day 3 of 30 Days of Blessings

A perfect vintage silver pitcher! Love it!

THANK YOU!

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Nov 02

Blessing #2

Day 2 of 30 Days of Blessings

ADORABLE parot dish towels from one of my very favorite stores, Anthropologie

THANK YOU!

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Nov 01

Blessing #1

Day 1 of 30 Days of Blessings

Mmmmmm…..Five Apple Cider and Mulling Spices from Williams-Sonoma!

THANK YOU!

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Oct 31

30 Days of What!?!?

Dear ?,

This is too much. Seriously. Whoever you are, you’ve gone way over the top.  We definitely don’t deserve such an outpouring.  Just when we could use a little encouragement, the Lord uses you to dump a TRUCK LOAD of love on us. Wow. Thank you for your creative generousity! Thank you for your thoughtfulness! Thank you for making the presents so pretty and coordinated! Thank you for making it a fun game that we get to enjoy every day of November! THANK YOU!

love,

J & L

This is what I found when I dropped by my desk this morning after church. At first, I thought the gifts were for someone else and that there would be instructions somewhere nearby. Then I remembered the card that had been handed to me before service that had “open ASAP” written on the envelope and I realized that they might be for us! The card began with…

Welcome to the “30 Days of Blessing”! For the next 3o days you will open one present each day given to you by people who love you…

Unbelievable.

Stay tuned….

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