Yes, I’m still here!
I appreciate all the calls and messages we received from friends and family checking on us after this crazy weekend of earthquakes in Oklahoma. We’re totally fine! What a bizarre feeling, though, to be jolted awake from a deep sleep by the sound of your house vibrating all around you. Not the most pleasant alarm clock, that’s for sure! I am thankful earthquakes are a rare event around here!
While we’re on the subject of feeling thankful, I want to share a simple project that Jason and I recently started to document our many blessings. All too often we spend our time and energy focusing on the things we don’t have, the people who bring us down, our failures and frustrations, etc, etc, etc. As the holiday season approaches, I wanted a tangible way to remind us of all that is good and right with the world. While on a hike the other day it hit me – gratitude stones!
Our plan is that every day from November 1 until Thanksgiving we will each write at least one thing that we are thankful for on a stone (don’t worry, you KNOW I scrubbed the dirt off!) and collect them in a glass vase. When Thanksgiving Day rolls around, the vase will be full of happy reminders of God’s love and goodness.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”