I am currently reading the book and it is amazing, challenging, convicting. If you haven’t done so yet, please get and read it J
Here is my list so far and I will update it as I post His blessings to me:
Actual Post: 1000 gifts: 1 – 14
#1 salvation through Jesus Christ
#2 continuous fellowship with my God
#3 I have found the one whom my soul loves
#4 new family and friends
#5 strong arms than envelop me at night to keep me warm
#6 deepening of a friendship through sharing struggles
#7 coffee to wake me up each morning
#8 manager who truly cares for the employees
#9 budgeting and paying off debt
#10 two exuberant dogs who show me what unconditional love is
#11 daily prayer with MrH
#12 texts that say "I love and miss ya!" or "I'm sorry for..."
#13 God's unconditional forgiveness
#14 worship music that touches the soul
Actual Post: Love
#15 deeper in love
Actual Post: Finding joy in everything
#16 purple flowered bushes
#17 gentle humming of bees at work
#18 painting rooms
#19 back rubs when I am sore
#20 reminders through His messengers that I am blessed so that I can bless
#21 I am not a slave of sin anymore!
#22 being part of a large global family forever
#23 picking up a conversation where it left off
#24 two verses memorized
#25 learning to be free in Christ
#26 doggish antics that make us laugh loudly
#27 gorgeous sunny weather
#28 Sunday naps
#29 never being separated from God's love (Romans 8:35 - 39)
Actual Post: God is gently knocking
#30 hearing God's voice through His Word
#31 hearing God's voice through personal testimonies
#32 hearing God's voice through song
Actual Post: 1000 gifts: 33 – 46
#33 unexpected encouragement from a friend about my walk with Jesus
#34 a chance to sleep in with MrH on a weekday!!
#35 meeting someone new and immediately knowing we will be great friends
#36 having a shared burden with MrH of wanting to become more and more like Christ
#37 a beautiful sunny day after 4 days of heavy wind and cleansing rain
#39 wet noses and doggy kisses trying to wake you up
#40 getting up early and going on a breakfast date with MrH just because
#41 strawberry and cream scone yum!
#42 opportunity to share Christ with our neighbor
#43 walking along the beach and feeling the gentle breeze
#44 having a moment in life's busyness to catch up with friends
#45 asking each other the hard questions then humbly asking for forgiveness
#46 a loving mother-in-law
Actual Post: Looking Back
#47 looking back and seeing God's comfort in my life
#48 All the imperfections and oddities that make me, ME
#49 I DID get married :) God provided me with a wonderful MrH
#50 MrH who has never once laughed at my 'noises'
#51 he laughs at me though for having silly insecurities
#52 he shares some of his own
#53 he dances in the grocery store aisles, which cracks me up!
#54 hearing a song on the radio/a CD and you just have to sing along!!
#55 a chance to show a coworker that you care
#56 all the jacarandas in bloom
#57 sermons that make you think
#58 sermons that remind you of the simplicity of the gospel
#59 amazing garage sale deals
#60 getting to see out of town family
Actual Post: Our Weekend…nine months!
#61 nine months of wedded bliss
#62 taking a risk and sharing your heart with new friends at bible study
#63 finding out that the risk was worth it
#64 God's gentle reminder of His marriage design
#65 cool mornings over the weekend that provided a nice break from the summer temps
#66 I finally used our crock pot wedding gift!!!
Actual Post: Giving Thanks
#67 sunsets that take your breath away
#68 sun that warms me during the day
#69 the moon that sends the sun to sleep thus giving a reprieve from the heat
#70 warm sand that crunches under your toes
#71 the sound of waves as they crash on the beach
#72 the gentle breeze I feel but never see
#73 salty smell in the air that let me know "I am at the beach!!"
#74 quick glimpses of dolphins
#75 hubby's eyes when they catch the sunlight
Actual Post: Dare to answer the commission
#76 God’s reminder that I can ask Him for anything
#77 knowing that God knows of my fears and He sends the right word at the right time
#78 enjoying a movie with new friends, strengthening the relationship
#79 coffee to get me going almost every work morning
#80 walks with MrH where we talk about something…or…nothing
#81 phone calls with my mother who always tells me she is praying for us
#82 preparing for our trip to Kenya
#83 splashing in cool ocean waters on a 90◦ day
#84 dinner double date, deepening friendships
#85 knowing you have wandered, praying for His grace and receiving it!
#86 days, months, years…lives given to protect this country
Actual Post: He IS the Provider
#87 MrH got his job for next year
#88 Jehovah Jireh, my provider
#89 we are going to Kenya in less than two weeks!
#90 I get to see my mother after 5 years! How time flies...
#91 how God is strengthening my faith through His faithfulness
#92 discussing bible doctrine with christian friends even if we disagree J
#93 the right Scripture at the right time over and over again
Actual Post: Enjoying the routine
#94 routines that help make life disciplined
#95 time, precious moments spent with my parents
#96 dinner with my cousins
#97 love outpouring from same cousins in the beautiful present they gave us
#98 pure joy of reuniting with old friends
#99 bittersweet acknowledgement that we all must grow and change
#100 planes that have made far places that much closer!
#101 God who gives men the knowledge to make and fly the planes
#102 a beautiful life lived for Christ, a challenge for me to do the same
#103 storm clouds ripe with rain
#104 lightning as it divides the sky
#105 a friend has a miscarriage, her husband has surgery, us visiting to offer encouragement, love, prayer yet leaving their house as the ones who are encouraged!!
#106 sweet loving hubby who let me stay overnight at a friend's while he was left to take care of the messy house (and he did!!)
#107 3 hr coffee conversation at Starbucks
#108 gleaning marriage wisdom from my sweet friend Heather
#109 fellowship and laughter at lifegroup – great to be back!
#110 crossing off my 26 before 26 list J
#111 witnessing my eldest brother repeat the sacred vows to his beloved, remembering my own
#112 looking forward to celebrating one year of marriage to MrH this coming weekend
Actual Post: We’ve been married a year!
#113 one year, 365 days of wedded bliss gone by
#114 getting away from the everyday to celebrate us
#115 neighbour always willing to watch over our dogs
#116 this feeling of giddiness like we are on our honeymoon all over again
#117 beautiful beach view
#118 amazing sunny weekend sandwiched between storms. Our own personal gift from God!
#119 sunset reflected on the city skyline making a gold city!
#120 evaluating our year, asking the hard questions, accepting faults, repenting
#121 unexpected conversation topic making us rethink our goals
#122 renewed commitment to God
#123 enjoying the pool on a hot Saturday afternoon
#124 getting out of the shower to find these sticky notes all over the room
#125 knowing that I am loved, on my good and bad days
#126 finally finishing Ann's book 'One Thousand Gifts'. powerful. encouraging.
Actual Post: On Approaching God
#127 meeting friends from my father's past
#128 learning how my father helped mentor some of those friends
#129 dear relatives willing to go to church with us
#130 being more earnest about praying together
#131 creating a prayer calendar
#132 pastor that preaches God's word faithfully
#133 another reminder to come as I am and He will lift my load
#134 spending a wonderful afternoon with MrH, my dad, my brother and his wife
#135 finding that our friends are expecting their firstborn
#136 lifegroup and the friendships being established there
#137 nieces laughing in the beach sand
#138 writing letters to my mom and dad thanking them for how they raised me
#139 quiet Sunday evening with MrH after a very busy weekend!
Actual Post: Reflecting on thankfulness
#140 God's daily unfailing mercy towards me
#141 seeing myself for what I am - an unpleasant experience YET a great reminder that I am but a sinner saved by grace
#142 MrH and I are debt-free!! Until we decide to buy a house that is....
#143 having a like-minded spouse especially in financial matters
#144 an extra day off (Labor Day) whoo hoo!
Actual Post: Counting more gifts
#145 beautifully pink, refreshingly sweet watermelon
#146 relistening to sermons that just revive my spirit
#147 Saturdays when both MrH and I get to sleep in
#148 planting seeds in our garden
#149 getting to see sprouts exactly seven days later
#150 celebrating a dear friend's 50th birthday
#151 laughing so hard at same party that I could barely breathe
#152 getting back into a running routine and signing up for a race (no going back!)
#153 a bird daily chirping on a tree as I walk from the parking garage into the office building
#154 talking to my mom (will appear multiple times as I am always thankful) and getting great advice
#155 knowing she is always praying for me
#156 surprise night out with my man :)
#157 how wonderful my hand feels in his
#158 discovering the book 'Captivating'. I must say I am captivated by it! bad joke I know
#159 friends who call/text/email to let you know that you are on their heart and they are praying for you
#160 light blue cotton candy clouds set against a near dark twilight sky
Actual Post: Weekend fun
#161 fun of the marker in hand, drawing on a window
#162 a simple and sweet reminder from MrH of how he loves me
#163 MrH who woke me up when my alarm did not work - totally saved what could have become a bad work day!
#164 visiting with MrH's mentor and his wife. We had a lovely time just sitting, talking and receiving godly counsel
#165 wonderful time of worship at church yesterday. I just love listening to so many voices lifting praises to our God
#166 ministering with fellow believers to the needs of others
#167 seeing the same believers at church
#168 getting even more plugged in to our church
#169 lots of rain this past week
#170 a God-given break from watering the garden ha!
#171 using basil from my own garden yum!