Saturday, October 1, 2011

THE October challenge

i have a lovely friend that i have known for most of my life that has set forth a thoughtful challenge.  she is a dear woman who just lost her husband of 26 years in August.  when she and her 3 children were dealing with his illness, i was constantly keeping my ear to the ground for ways of how to pray.  i knew they didn't need one more person exhausting them with questions...and i was thrilled to find out that she was keeping up a blog.  i would go over and see how they were doing and how i could pray.

let me was overwhelming!  do you want to see the heart of love, sacrifice, beauty, all poured out on a page?  this is it.  her words and heart will take your breath away.  because through all of the traumatic stuff that was/still is happening in her life, her blog is titled Thankful Every Day.  she purposefully looked for something to give thanks to the Lord for. every. day.

about the same time, a dear friend gave me a copy of this book:

which is totally amazing and challenges us to thank God for 1000 things.  for real.  on paper.

could i make a list of 1000 things to be thankful for?

i would say with every fiber of my being that i am thankful to God for everything.

but what kind of changes would happen in your life if you practiced thankfulness out loud, on paper, deliberately?  even when your spouse's body is deteriorating?  when your love is leaving this world?

i read this post that challenged me to do this.

practice thankfulness every day in October.  deliberately.

will you join me?

today i am thankful for my husband!  today is his birthday(30!!) and i could make a looong list of all of the ways he blesses me, but the goal of this thankful every day challenge is to be simple about it.  so there you go!


Kim Alford said...

I'm in!! ...I started a 1000gifts journal when I was reading the book and made it to 500!! ...then I let the journal get buried somewhere and haven't opened it in weeks... :/
I still give specific thanks in my regular journal, but it's just not the same... I loooved what that little deliberate one was doing for my heart and soul!, thanks for passing on the challenge!! (going to uncover that little treasure now!:)

hannah singer said...

marie, darling!! thank you so much for this!! i hope to get on the computer later...of not then i will double up tomorrow...i am in!

love you and miss you!

caroline {good times never seem sew good} said...

I have been wanting to read that book and I think this is the week I'm going to purchase it. Also, I LOVE your shops~ especially that chevron clutch:) such a cute blog! i am a new follower from Soleil Selene!


.Amelia.Bedelia. said...

Wow, this is so incredible! We both have the same desire... I started posting "Thankful Thursdays" each week as a new-year resolution in becoming a more grateful person! I would love for you to join in by linking up your post.

I am your newest follower! BLESSINGS, Amy

Sue said...

I am in the 900's--slowly working to 1,000, but I plan on keeping it up because it helps my attitude sooooo much, looking to the LORD instead of the circumstances, and how He blesses continually. But I think I will try it on the blog, too--but I don't get on the computer that much...THANK YOU, marie! I love you!!