THANK YOU GOD – Five-Minute Fridays

Thank You God – Five-Minute Fridays

Okay – I am late – It is Saturday morning here in Arizona. Here is my 5 minutes on the words “Thank you”. Linking in with Lisa-Jo and Five-Minute Fridays.

Counting the Gifts of God

I have been counting the gifts of God since I finished reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts in February 2011. (I read it 4 times and used it as a book study in a women’s group too). I am nearing the 2000th gift.

I will continue this spiritual discipline as it makes me conscious of all that God has bestowed upon me. It makes me aware of my world, the people, places and things that make it up. And it brings me closer to God.

Ann’s subtitle is “A Dare to LIVE FULLY right where you are”.

Saying “thank You” to God has become part of my daily life as I practice this discipline.

It takes practice.

It takes work.

Five minute is not long enough to talk on “thank You, to God”.

Thank you, Ann for your words:

“I want to be in God and God to be in me, to exchange love and blessing and caresses … this moment is a divine interchange” (One Thousand Gifts, page 217 – emphasis is mine).

Thank You, God:

I am living fully with my hands wide open.

Are you counting the gifts of God? If not, why not?

The word JOY is used throughout Ann’s book.

“Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped . God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy” (One Thousand Gifts, page 57).

The words from I’m Counting on God are just beautiful.

Here are the lyrics. Read them slowly – let them sink in.

Counting on God

I’m in a fight not physical
And I’m in a war
But not with this world
You are the light that’s beautiful
And I want more
I want all that’s Yours

Joy unspeakable that won’t go away
And just enough strength
To live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
‘Cause my faith is on solid rock
I am counting on God

I am counting on
I am counting on God

The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I’m nothing like I used to be
Open up your eyes you’ll see

Jared Anderson
© 2007 Vertical Worship Songs

Here is the Desperation Band singing I’m Counting on God – I have put this in my posts before but if you haven’t heard it please listen.

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  1. Hi Janis
    Better late than never! I am visiting from Lisa-Jo’s and agree with you 100%. I am a Fibromyalgai/CFS sufferer and can honestly thank our Pappa for this illness. He has taught me through the pain and exhaustion to run to Him and to stay in Him; something we often forget to do when we are strong and healthy! Enjoy your Xmas season!!

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