Thursday, October 20

day 20 :: give thanks for today

red + blue = purple
blue + yellow = green
peanut butter + jelly = a tasty sandwich
anxiety + fear = worry

 therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. [matthew 6:34]

my least favorite part of the week is sunday evening. for a number of reasons, i start to feel anxious as each sunday unfolds. the weekend is coming to a close. i have to return to work in the morning. i don't look forward to having to get up early again. john leaves, after spending much of the weekend with him, and i'm left alone.

i worry.

about tomorrow.

and of course, monday comes and things are just fine. there was nothing to worry about. yet i have a hard not worrying each time sunday arrives.

but Jesus commands us not to worry.

who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? [luke 12:25]

worrying, fretting, fearing about time that has yet to come is time lost. 

sometimes i feel like it's just in our "nature." but He has given us victory over our nature through His sacrifice. He gives us strength in our weakness.

our time will be filled with something. i must find something else to replace worry.

i finally started reading ann voskamp's one thousand gifts, and i am receiving so much through her words on eucharisteo, giving thanks, and how our acts of gratitude relate to the very way we perceive time.

thanksgiving makes time.
really? give thanks and get time? give thanks ... slow time down with all your attention - and your basket of not-enough time-multiplies into more than enough time.
the real problem of life is never a lack of time.
the real problem of life-in my life-is lack of thanksgiving.
thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when i give thanks-take the just one loaf, say it is enough, and give thanks-and He miraculously makes it more than enough. i have beheld suds in sun, and i have known miracles like that.
i redeem time from neglect and apathy and inattentiveness [and fear] when i swell with thanks and weigh the moment down and it's giving thanks to God for this moment that multiplies the moments, time made enough.
i am thank-full. i am time-full.
[pgs. 72-73]

the only way to live without fear of the future is to be fully present and thankful and open-eyed to see all the good that He has created in each moment to bless us.

i've started my own list of one thousand gifts with the hope of becoming more thanks-filled, more time-filled. 

a few things i'm thankful for today:

bare feet on cold hardwood floors
a beautiful morning sky

being able to make someone laugh
being wrapped in a soft blanket as i type this post
enjoying warm food with my man and some friends while watching some hockey

what are you thankful for today?

friday favorite things | finding joy


  1. amazing pots ... and great pic! and i am thankful for the simple things in life ... rof over my head, food on the table and happy kiddos! thanks for posting!

  2. i'm thankful to have a loving Savior who loves me no matter what, and a precious family who brings me so much joy! lots lots more, too! thanks for the reminder! :)
    have a great day!

  3. What a great post (and an incredible photo!)

    I definitely agree that being thankful will change our hearts and allow us to live without fear and in the present.

    One of my favorite verses is: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~John 14:27

  4. i love how the peace of Jesus casts out all fear/worry/anxiety. what a gift we have in Christ.

  5. i love love love your blog and your heart - cant wait to read more from you! blessings and peace to you today new friend! :)

  6. Love your post. It was so encouraging. I struggle with worry and I am working hard on being present in the moment. Thanks for the encouragement.
    Besides being thankful for my sweet family, I'm thankful for your encouraging post! Have a great weekend.


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