Tuesday, June 1, 2010

#175: Jeans that fit.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

or, in other words:

When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Once up on a time, I decided to take up a challenge to make and keep a list of 1,000 things for which I am grateful.

That was almost 10 years ago. At first it was easy; I managed to think of 99 specific blessings on that first day. Almost a decade later, I'm only on blessing #187. I add to it here and there, sometimes I duplicate, and I know there are about a billion blessings in my life that I'm not even aware of. I'm still a long way from recognizing a mere 1,000. But I have to tell you, this little list is precious. Sometimes I pick up my list when I want to add to it, sometimes just for fun, and sometimes when I need a tangible reminder of the abundance that surrounds me.

When I take a moment and read over just these few things I'm grateful for, it's definitely overwhelming, from mustard (#148) all the way to my children (#s 100 and 184). And overwhelming gratitude is just about the best feeling ever don't you think? (Oh! That's going to be #188!)

1 comment:

  1. Oops, I forgot to give credit! The first verse is from the hymn "It is Well With My Soul" by Horatio G. Spafford; the second verse is from another hymn, "Count Your Blessings" by Johnson Oatman, Jr. Thank you, gentlemen, for your inspiring words!