Gratitude. We all want it, but have the hardest time giving it.
This was a great exercise. It strained me, but was so worth while.
Are you able to consider for what you are grateful every day?
Here was my ’10 days of gratitude’ challenge:
Day 1 thanks:
1. The finished work of Christ, without which none of us would have a hope or a prayer.
2. 40 great years on this earth, which I could never have scripted on my most imaginative days.
3. 20 years with Mindi Marshall Friesen, who continues to bless and amaze me time and time again.
Day 2 of the 10 day gratitude challenge:
1. An earthly father who seems to defy age, and has given me keen insight into the heart and mind of my heavenly Father.
2. Connecting with good friends today reminding me that it is good to be known in community.
3. My beautiful daughter Ariel Friesen, who still holds my heart no matter what.
Day 3 of the 10 days of gratitude: (The 3 men of my household)
1. C, for his strength of character and unswerving fortitude, tempered by amiability and desire to learn.
2. L, for his compassionate heart and sense of justice, tempered by humour and good nature.
3. J, for his deep questions and constructive spirit, tempered by his imagination and strong will.
Day 4 of the 10 days of gratitude:
1. Close friends that have grown out of ministry together.
2. The opportunity to grow in my ministry role.
3. A church that has been open to this kind of growth.
Day 5 of the 10 day gratitude challenge:
1. Our small group which came together as a project and continued into friendship.
2. A home that has been security for those who dwell here, and a welcome space for those we have the opportunity to invite in.
3. A country to live in that is so free I can complain about my healthcare and taxes, yet still be cared for without question and my children can receive some of the best education in the world as though it is just the way things are done.
Globally, that is called privilege.
Day 6 of the 10 days of gratitude challenge:
1. Water that runs and does not carry things that will kill me.
2. Freedom to move, drive, visit new places.
3. A pantry full of food.
Day 7 of the 10 days of gratitude challenge:
1. Our sponsor child. Hearing her stories, praying for her and her community, serves as a reminder of both need in the world and our God-given ability to provide hope.
2. 4 seasons. As much as I curse the cold winters, I do love seeing and experiencing the life cycles of our earth.
3. Memories. The ability to cherish and reminisce about how God has bent the road we are on is uniquely human. Never take this for granted.
Day 8 of the 10 days of gratitude challenge:
1. Celebrations in community like we had tonight.
2. Music. Especially that which is created in my home everyday. It is like prayer without words.
3. Technology that allows for us to become closer than we’ve ever been, and share meaningfully if we so choose.
Day 9 of the 10 days of gratitude challenge:
1. A great group of young adults we call college and career. They love to meet and have grow tremendously over the past few years.
2. My extended family. Same DNA but oh so many variations on the mix, adds to my personal story and the stories of our children’s futures.
3. Clean clothes.
Well here we are, day 10 of the 10 days of gratitude challenge! #gratitude
1. Faith. The ability to abide with the One who knows the way, even if I am unsure.
2. Hope. Knowing that He has a plan and a desire for all who trust in Him, to bring all things back to where He wanted them from the beginning.
3. Love. The drive behind all the change that takes place in the world, from how we see ourselves, to how nations reconcile differences. Our desire for and ability to love is an amazing God given trait.
I know, I know, this last entry is a bit of naval-gazing, but I do truly believe these 3 are the greatest gifts God has blessed us with. So there.