Thursday Thanks (86-90)

fiveMy lack of posting recently would suggest that I’m an ungrateful ingrate. My post today, at the very least, is intended to show that I am not entirely so. Back on the gratitude horse!

Each week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me well over two years to complete at my current rate!

1) Warmth
While I hear snow is headed our direction today, we are enjoying an unusually mild Fall. It is a true pleasure!

2) Costumes
For Halloween, our family had two Rapunzels and one Winnie the Pooh, possibly the three cutest trick-or-treaters I have seen.

3) Braces
Every week I join a mostly-younger crew of men for some basketball. Certain pieces of my body are falling apart, and I am grateful that other human beings have constructed clever devices to hold together the joints of this guy!

4) Help
Whether it is the small hands of my daughter helping me bag leaves or the grown-up hands of a crew cleaning up after a Fall Supper last night, it is a simple pleasure to tackle tasks with other people. Don’t underestimate the blessing of teamwork!

5) Chocolate Milk
Every so often, my sweet wife drops a special treat in the shopping cart. Has a finer drink been invented?

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Thursday Thanks (81-85)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

As a child, I heard a story about a tortoise who won his race. I’m on that pace, trying to be equally persistent.

1) Travel
Last weekend afforded me the chance to be part of a conference in Toronto with a number of other pastors from around the nation. It is a real treat to see new places and take in new experiences.

2) Hugs
Our three little girls love to snuggle, and this Dad loves that they do!

3) Ribs
A recent meal with friends provided me with a menu that included BBQ ribs. And I needed little drive to place my order!

4) Basketball
Last night I played competitive basketball for the first time in nearly a decade. I was thrilled at how fun it was, sobered by how below-average I am, and alert to how many very sore muscles I had this morning.

5) Painting
Next week, I’ll spend part of day painting what will become a prayer room in our church. There is a special pleasure to the task of putting fresh colour on walls. Looking forward to it!

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Thursday Thanks (76-80)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

Some holiday time put blogging off my radar for a couple weeks. Back at it!

1) Mountains
Part of our vacation was spent in Glacier National Park. Not a hard landscape to take — beautiful!

2) Friends
The other part of our vacation was spent visiting special friends in Manitoba. Some friendships are especially valuable, and one just has to treasure them. And we do!

3) Worship
Glacier National Park featured time at a Family Camp, and I was reminded how powerful it is when God’s people gather to worship honestly and openness. Heaven responds!

4) Bargains
I’m a deal-hunter, there’s no denying it. There’s a special pleasure about getting a great price on something you’ve been needing. Makes me smile!

5) UsedRegina
There’s another special pleasure to using a local website to get rid of items you no longer need. I’m going to purge my storage spaces and make some extra money? Yes please!

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Thursday Thanks (71-75)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

Here are the most recent entries on my list:

1) Camp
Much of the past week was spent at Bible Camp with 22 teenagers. The rest of this list will likely feature facets of that wonderful experience.

2) Fire
There is something special about a campfire — I could simply watch one for hours. Add in calm nights, special songs, heartfelt prayers, and the gathering of friends — that’s a pretty special time — night after night after night.

3) Prayer
One activity at camp involved prayer stations. I’m always amazed at how quick-to-engage the teens are in these very focused times that inevitably provide one of my camp highlights.

4) Sun
I’ve been helping at camp nearly 15 years straight. We’ve never had a rain-free week… until this year. Sun, sun, and more sun. I nearly forgot where I was!

5) Leaders
Perhaps the key ingredient to a successful camp is the team of leaders. And this year’s was wonderful: filled with friends that I enjoy and folks who did their jobs so well, while loving the campers in some really sweet ways. Well done!

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Thursday Thanks (66-70)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

Here are the most recent entries on my list:

1) Countryside
A relative’s wedding yesterday pushed me to drive hours out of the city into the beautiful parts of our province. Lush fields, golden canola, quiet grids — the city has lots of perks, but these aren’t them.

2) Hugs
I have three sweet daughters and a beautiful wife. All four are exceptional huggers. Count this man as rich!

3) Skin
A week ago, I had a nasty blister that had left a very raw and open sore. A bit of care and a bit of time — it’s nearly healed. Skin astounds me!

4) Music
Our church ran its Vacation Bible School a week ago. In the aftermath, we borrowed the DVD that contained all the songs the kids learned. It is a special joy to watch my girls, right down to my two-year-old find pleasure in worship as they sing and move to those tunes.

5) Quiet
Worship this morning involved a darkened room and some hushed moments. I’m all for energy and celebration — and I want to be even more for them — but somehow the stripped-down hush holds a special sort of essence for this fellow.

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Thursday Thanks (61-65)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

I missed last week for no reason that’s good enough! Back at it…

1) Chiropractors
Two weeks ago, I was in some serious discomfort. Three ribs were out, and activities like breathing were becoming painful. My highly skilled chiropractor from the Arrowhead Clinic Decatur Georgia Chiropractor worked wonders in two sessions, and I was again grateful for him!

2) Sun
After what felt like a forever of cloud and rain, recent sunny days have been a true treat.

3) Shop Vac
My Dad gave me one of these for Christmas. Ten days ago, when Saskatchewan citizens were building arks, I was christening my Christmas gift by sucking water out of my basement. It works!

4) Kids
Last night marked the end of our church’s Vacation Bible School — a gym-full of kids brought energy and fun to the whole week. I’m thankful for great leaders who gave their best to the children all week!

5) Golf
I don’t particularly love this game, but I had a chance this week to hit a bucket of balls at the driving range, and I remembered how fun it is to connect (every once in a while) a club with a ball. I’ll definitely do it again!

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Thursday Thanks (56-60)

fiveEach week (I aim for Thursday), I’ll use this space to list five things (items, experiences, people, whatever) for which I’ve been recently grateful. Consider it my “blessings count”. Ann Voskamp’s famous challenge to list 1000 gifts seemed daunting — I’m committing to 500, a task which will take me two years of weekly posts to complete!

I postponed this post so that I might include thoughts from my wife’s 20th high school reunion. Here we go:

1) Friends
Everyone could list this one, but there is something very special about friends with whom many miles have been logged. There’s a special gift found with those who knew each other before any of us were anything at all!

2) Rain
My gratitude for the weekend’s rains was tempered by the way that a usually beautiful camp was transformed into a swamp. Unreal!

3) Socks
There is a special joy to putting on a new pair of socks. There is a lesser joy two days of sloshing in your socks. There is another wonderful joy to putting on dry socks when you get home.

4) Showers
I have likely listed this one before, but the first shower back at home after a few days away always strikes me as beautiful!

5) Laughs
A decent reunion is always laugh-filled. Some of the laughter was from hearing stories of the past 20 years of friends’ lives. Some of the loudest laughter was from the retelling and reliving of stories from much farther back than that!

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