My Thankful List

Some people have bucket lists and I think that’s great.  But I’ve learned that if I spend too much time thinking about my bucket list–the things that I want to do while I’m on this earth–I can grow impatient and discontent.  So instead, after reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I am inspired to write an ongoing list of things for which I am thankful.

In her book, Voskamp writes about when she was reading Luke 22:19 As she delved deeper into the meaning behind the words (the original language), she found the following (pages 32-33):

he gave thanks=eucharisteo

Broken down, eucharisteo encompasses both the following Greek root words:

charis=grace

chara=joy

As Voskamp went into more detail, she concluded that eucharisteo could mean that when we give thanks–when we find something to be thankful for amidst everything going on in life–we experience true joy.

Thankfulness=joy

I’m putting my thankful list here to share with you, with hope that you may too find the little (and big) blessings in life…to grow a heart of gratitude…and as a result experience the true joy that Jesus offers.  In no particular order, here it goes.

  1. Rainbows…God’s promises
  2. Baby laughs
  3. Arm and leg rolls on chubby babies
  4. Sunsets
  5. Freshly cut grass
  6. Heating and cooling devices
  7. Creative people who help me to not have to be as creative 🙂
  8. Root beer floats
  9. Yellow
  10. Dance
  11. Summer rain
  12. Gerber daisies
  13. Bubble baths
  14. Picking raspberries off the bush
  15. Friends…who call to just check in, who ask how they can pray for me, who help watch my kids
  16. Doctors…and ones who are really good with kids
  17. The ability to express my thoughts through dance, writing, words, singing…so many options
  18. My sight
  19. Chocolate covered strawberries.  Yum.
  20. Slow cookers
  21. Birds chirping
  22. Butterflies
  23. Fireflies that my kids can chase
  24. Mountain tops
  25. Snowflakes
  26. My husband…whose strengths are my weaknesses
  27. People who are good with numbers and science…to compensate for those of us who are not 🙂
  28. Kids and adults with Down Syndrome–because they exude true joy
  29. Toddlers’ curiosity
  30. Music…and so many different kinds
  31. The internet…its benefits greatly outweigh its cons in my opinion
  32. Kids dancing
  33. Undeserved grace
  34. Books…on anything and everything
  35. Raspberries on a kid’s belly that causes ridiculous laughter
  36. Worship with abandon
  37. A mess to clean up because of great fun
  38. The Word that never changes and is always relevant to my life
  39. Coffeeshop conversations
  40. Kids who actually put things back in their rightful places 🙂
  41. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  42. Clear starry night sky
  43. Toasting marshmallows over a campfire
  44. Driving with the window down and music loud…whimsical feeling
  45. The older Asian man at the grocery store who always smiles and taps my son on the head to say “God bless you”
  46. Greeters at Walmart to give some people a chance at a job who otherwise would struggle to find one
  47. Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets and fries–they’ll definitely be in Heaven I’m sure 😉
  48. Kitchen dance parties
  49. Family worship jam sessions
  50. Slobbery…and way too long…kisses from the kids
  51. Freshly laundered sheets and towels
  52. My kids asking to snuggle
  53. Lingering smell of Archer Farms Vanilla Cream Creme Brulee coffee
  54. Kids happily chasing bubbles
  55. Spring breeze
  56. The guy with the mental disability who waves outside to cars passing by on the main street
  57. Ruby red grapefruit
  58. Fresh pineapple
  59. Fresh air blowing through the windows
  60. The sound of the percolator