The List That Lights Up My Life

40 things I’m thankful for

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I first read Ann Voskamp’s book, 1000 Gifts, back in 2012. I began journaling a daily gratitude list as a result, and I have stacks of notebooks filled with my lists. It speaks volumes to me that the months I recall as the worst of my life were the ones in which I was not writing these lists.

Then, last year, I read Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey To Joy by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Not my favorite style of writing, but the content was powerful. The story below illustrates what a difference it made in my life.

Needless to say, when Kevin Horton wrote a list of 40 things he loves, and invited several of us to join in, I was thrilled! Here are 40 things, in no particular order, that make my world beautiful.

  1. Lists
  2. Thick stacks of books to read
  3. Hot coffee
  4. My husband, and his commitment to me and our family
  5. Off-the-grid church
  6. Fresh water available by turning on a faucet
  7. My precious two-year-old, and his unfettered joie de vivre
  8. Broken-in long-sleeved tee shirts
  9. Fancy earrings
  10. The grace of God — showing me the way home to him, step by step
  11. Candles ❤
  12. Unexpected texts from friends
  13. The Next Right Thing podcast
  14. High heels — I rarely wear them, but boy, when I do, I am a force with which to reckon
  15. Running hot water
  16. The glass pendant lights in our kitchen — 2 for $25, thanks to the clearance aisle at Lowe’s
  17. Holidays and birthdays
  18. Friendships built on faith. They make an incredible impact in my life
  19. Croissants
  20. Exploring my city
  21. Thrift store shopping
  22. The enneagram. An amazing tool that is teaching me how to know my own weaknesses, recognize my fulfillment in Christ, and love others well
  23. Ice skating
  24. Hiking
  25. The music of Andrew Peterson. I’m not sure there’s anything he’s ever written that does not have at least one stop-me-in-my-tracks line. (My favorites: Is He Worthy?| This Is the Dark Before The Dawn |Many Roads)
  26. Good relationships with both my families
  27. Writing & journaling
  28. My favorite pens (uni-ball 207 BLX Infusion retractable gel)
  29. Anticipating my artist dates
  30. There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:1
  31. My time spent in Africa
  32. The privilege of being taught to read
  33. That Medium connects to Unsplash. This is a gift
  34. My engagement ring — there’s a good story here that I need to write
  35. Running
  36. Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace For Us by Preston Sprinkle. This book changed my life
  37. Afternoon peace & quiet
  38. My “things that make me laugh” board on Pinterest
  39. The music of Owl City/Adam Young
  40. Black-capped chickadees, my favorite birds

Okay, friends, I’d love to hear your lists. ❤ David Dzimianski, Janis Cox, Violet Escalera, Mark Escalera, Zach J. Payne, Glenna Gill, Rosey Hwang, Martine Weber, Melanie Rockett, Kamga Tchassa, Darren T.A. (If you’ve already published a list of 40, please link to your article in the responses, so I can applaud you!)

Inviting pew-weary Jesus people to embrace + experience their truest identity as beloved through subversive spiritual disciplines. Hope*Writer. Creative mentor.

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