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Practicing Gratitude {1121 – 1130}

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” ~Philippians 4:4

Or as the Message version says,

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! …Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers…”

In every situation, we can find reasons to complain — because, quite frankly, there are some really yucky things that happen in life. OR we can look for reasons to rejoice — because no matter what the situation, there is reason to rejoice because Christ is always with us! Rejoicing cultivates a heart of hope, and I believe gratitude is a way of rejoicing, so I keep counting…

1121 – a neighborhood pool to play in — and although we thought it would be closed most of the summer, it will only have to be closed for repairs for a couple of weeks

1122 – magnolia blossoms on my new little tree


1123 – fresh bell peppers as a yummy snack, and the promise of our own homegrown ones!

1124 – We are [mostly] done with our school year!

1125 – amazing things we’re learning about birds from the robins on our back porch

1126 – Kathryn and I got to hold a baby robin last week!

1127 – a nice rain, without any accompanying scary storms

1128 – Running into our former pastor (who married us) when we were out to eat — and learning that they’d read our featured adoption story because they receive Lifelines magazine since one of their children was adopted through Bethany 20-something years ago!

1129 – another good visit from my dad, complete with a bit of silliness

1130 – bittersweet moment: our baby robins flew the nest today!

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Stephanie Hanes

I’m not a huge fan of the Message, but I LOVE how it words this verse from Philippians. Why should we NOT celebrate? We have a hope and a future given to us freely by the One who knew no sin and took a death we deserved. He is ALWAYS reason to be thankful.


We are mostly finished with our school year too:) At least we’re finished with official curriculum. . . seems there’s always more fun learning to be had.
Enjoyed reading your whole list. Also, I do enjoy The Message. I have a Bible with NIV and The Message side-by-side. It truly enriches my understanding.


Beautiful list of celebrations to be thankful for.


I enjoyed your page, Jamie!

Keep shining your light brightly!

Many blessings,