The Gratitude Initiative, Day 25

Scripture for the day:

Deuteronomy 8: 1-10

A Call to Remember and Obey

“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.

6 “So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. 8 It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. 9 It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. 10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

Funny how we tend to become less holy when our circumstances serve to make us more happy, eh?

Things I’m grateful for today:

1) Turkish tea. I practically started a Turkish tea set importing business when I was in undergrad, and a lot of my friends from Taylor have now converted. We used to have great times, playing cards and drinking tea for hours. At this point, I am the only person in my immediate social circle who appreciates said tea, but that’s fine–because I am really, really able to appreciate it.

2) A few job leads for the fall. Having an income is almost unfathomably exciting to me at this point–especially if it doesn’t involve retail.

3) Blogs. I’m becoming an almost obsessive blog-troller. The amount of information you can glean from a blog is just astounding (note that I did not say this blog. I mainly mean other people’s blogs).

4) I have a new computer! It takes only 3 minutes to boot up. I’m thankful to have that extra 42 minutes added to each morning.

5) Wireless Internet. I have no idea how it works, but I like it; and after we lost it for a few days, I can appreciate it so much more.

What about you, friends?

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One thought on “The Gratitude Initiative, Day 25

  1. 1) Photography. I still don’t understand how it works even tho I’ve tried. But I just sat and looked at my screensaver picture shuffle for a few minutes and am very grateful for it. I tried to picture mothers before photography who just had to remember what their offspring looked like as babies. Easier said than done. I am still shocked when I look at newborn pics of my kids!

    2) What God is doing in my life right now, specifically today. Ever get that vague feeling of “what I’m going thru is one of those moments I will look back on forever as a pivotal point in my life”? I truly hope it is.

    3) That North has turned a corner in his response to commands. After much prayer and training, he is showing signs of bending his little will to mine in a more contrite and not-just-while-I’m-looking sort of way. Still a long way to go… I bet that’s exactly what God is saying about me right now.

    4) My wedding day. Not sure there are many (or any!) days in my life that compete with this one for such a high-concentration of joy, wonder, perfection and FUN!

    5) Horses. “There’s something about the outside of a horse that does something for the inside of a man.” I concur.

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