Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.  You can find an online copy (and the place from which I copy it) here.

A little about the layout:
The list of labels that you see along the side is a list of struggles that these thankful things speak to.  Please see Lists for more details.

Please feel free to post comments about what a thankful thing has meant to you, your personal encouragements, or new labels that you think can be added to a thankful thing.

If something seems to be capitalized at random, scroll over it; it's likely a link to what I'm mentioning, or to an older thankful thing or Weekly Impression.

I have broken down my goal of 1,000 thankful things into sets of 100, and have specific themes for each set to help me in my journey toward a thankful heart.  Here is a list of those themes/titles:

  • Thankful Things 1-100:  My Thankful Beginning ~ A Shift in Focus Journal for sale!  
  • Thankful Things 101-200:  Thankfulness ~ My Walk with God  
  • Thankful Things 201-300:  Thankfulness:  It's Intentional 
  • Thankful Things 301-400:  Thankful for My Marriage 
  • Thankful Things 401-500:  Thankful Prayers
  • Thankful Things 501-600:  Thankful for His Grace

Thank you for your interest in my blog!  If you are interested in how it all began, read The Premise below, and The Story for a piece of my testimony.

The Hiatus

You may be wondering why my posts have been a bit irregular.  Well, I just had a baby!  The Lord has made it clear to me that it would be best for me to take a hiatus in favor of my ministry to my family.  I have still been able to post now and then, but it's a bit helter-skelter for now. Thank you all for your support, and don't go away, because I'll be back!

The Premise

This blog is about my journey to develop a thankful heart.    In the past, I have posted a short piece on something that I'm thankful for Monday through Friday.  On Saturday, I have posted a potentially longer piece that is a summary of my experiences along the way titled "Weekly Impressions."  The current round of 100 thankful things, however, will be a bit different.

I have found myself struggling of late with the meaning of grace.  I didn't truly understand it until my mid-twenties, despite being a believer since childhood.  At times, I still find it a difficult concept, but when I truly understand it, I recognize the freedom Christ has given me - and I am so very thankful.  So, this set of 100 thankful things will be based on on grace.  My posts will be something that I am thankful for in relation to God's grace as I study the topic in the Bible.  As such, I do not expect to write a post Monday through Friday, but more like 2-3 times per week (pending the hiatus).

I have noticed many others struggle with the concept of grace and what it really means for us as believers.  I hope you will join me for this upcoming round, and that Christ would reveal His grace to you.

The Story

Philippians 4:4-9
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
I have struggled with depression since I was a child.  It often seems as though I’m walking on an edge that splits a dark and endless abyss.  One misstep or loss of balance, and I’m gripping that knife-edge with my fingernails.  The only thing that has kept me from falling is my relationship with Jesus Christ.  As a child, I saw Him as the lighted path through the roiling and monstrous dark.  Later, I discovered that another saw it this way:  John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress.
I have followed these two analogies as a sort of road map through life.  There’s only one way you can take the next step and not fall off of the knife-edge; and keep to the middle of the road, lest you veer too far or let the monsters snatch you off the path.  The problem for me in following these, is that the driving force is fear.
Take the knife-edge precipice.  You have to worry about walking that edge.  Your focus is down on your feet.  Your arms are outstretched, but unable to grab anything to support yourself.  You must place your foot just so.  Don’t make any sudden movements.  In this, you lose sight of your destination (Jesus Christ), and your focus is on yourself.  Once you’ve made the inevitable mistake and are hanging by your fingernails, you look down for a few heart-stopping moments at the abyss beneath you.  You might consider letting go at that point, but if you’re reading this, either you chose not to, or God didn’t let you.  At that point, you have to shift your focus up, on getting back up to that edge.  This choice denotes a fear - a respect, at the very least - of the abyss beneath you.  Your drive is still fear.
Philippians 4:4-9 speaks about having joy in the Lord.  Specifically, verses 6-7 says:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So how can I stop that downward spiral?  How can I exercise 1 John 4:18 (“perfect love casts out fear”) and cease to be afraid?   How can I stop worrying about every single step?
By being thankful.  It is a completely different mindset.  Trying to fight the fear gets me nowhere, because that is like “answering a fool according to his folly” in Proverbs 26:4.  If you argue with a fool, neither of you will be the wiser.  Instead, I must stop focusing on myself and my situation and focus on God, and on what He has done for me.  
This blog is my journey to a thankful heart.  I am committed to changing my mindset to be constantly searching for God - to see God - and to be thankful for what He has done.  I encourage you to join me in my goal of finding 1,000 things that I am thankful for.   This blog is part of my accountability. I will post one thankful thing once a day, 5 times a week, and will post a summary on my journey once a week.
The true goal isn’t 1,000 things.  That’s just what I’m using to get to my goal:  a thankful heart.  To “set my mind on the things above, rather than the things that are on earth.”  (Colossians 3:2) Because I want that peace that surpasses all comprehension to guard my heart and mind in Christ.  Will you join me?

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I am excited and thankful to say that I no longer walk that precipice of fear, worry, and depression.  Christ has used a combination of this blog, in its spiritual Milk of thankfulness, as well as a wonderful Biblical Counselor to lead me out of that darkness and into His marvelous light of Joy.  I find it highly useful to continue in writing about something that I am thankful for each day, to help me shift my focus from myself and onto my amazing God.

If you would like to seek biblical counseling, I would highly recommend going to an ACBC certified counselor.  ACBC stands for Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and you can find out more about them here.  You can find an ACBC counselor by clicking on the tab at the same website, or by clicking here.  

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