2013 Gifts Journal

97 – being a part of raising money to help build 3 wells for clean water in Africa (newlife.tv & Walk in the Light International)
96 – volunteers coming in and blessing me by helping behind the scenes in ministry
95 – a teenager’s proud smile over finishing a math assignment
94 – organizing even when i dont want to
93 – a hot shower, relaxing the muscles and allowing the mind to think
92 – rest, peace and a full heart on Jesus’ grace
91 – God’s confirmation thru the power of words
90 – smiles on my family’s face as they experienced their Christmas gifts
89 – sleep, allowing the body to be rested
88 – christmas tree lights reflecting the beauty of Jesus
87 – A cup of coffee enjoyed with good conversation
86 – Snow crowning the mountain tops
85-  The Jesse Tree ornaments ready for each day; reminding me of God’s love and preparing my heart for Christmas

84 – willingness to learn and grow
83 – Hearing of God’s peace overflowing
82 – The Intern Girls sharing what God is up to
81 – Headlights to see in the dark while driving
80 – Jeremiah’s Smile
79 – The sun’s reflection off the water
78 – White creamer for a hot cup of coffee

77 – The  clouds in the sky
76 – Tissues to wipe the tears of joy over God’s work in people’s stories

75 – the life that Jesus is making new in me
74 – the mess of legos on the floor, with the amazing creation made by my 9 year old
73 – The fog
72 – All I have is from above
71 – I dont see others as I should…..the challenge to see as Jesus sees
70 – the blessing that my job is in ministry
69 – Salvation
68 – Grace
67 – Joy
66 – People’s generosity with the blessings of sharing their clothes for those who need it
65 – Sleep
64 – Home to sleep in
63 – the laughter of walking through life together
62 – extended family to spend the holidays with
61 – family found in community, sharing life together and encouraging each other
60 – Celebrating
59 – Advent Calendar
58 – Pecan Pie
57 – the gently falling rain
56 – the crisp chill in the air
55 – the colored leaves falling
54 – a cup of coffee
53 – small group conversation about life and the sermon
52 – able to pass on what God has taught me to encourage a friend
51 – my husband’s awesome sense of humor
50 – laughing with my husband while watching a show
49 – the stories of fun at a campout
48 – surrendering
47 – weariness
46 – walking with my kids as they are growing up
45 – working with excel & enjoining a cup of coffee
44 – sitting enjoying a pedicure

43 – the sun – shining
42 – excellent results from dentist appointments

41  – the drive to work in the car
40 – music & reading a book
39 – great conversations
38 – a warm house
37- the coffee creamer for a morning cup of coffee
36 – the sun shine
35 – friends to go to walking with
34 – the beauty of the water on a still calm down
33 – the price paid by military families
32 – my dad who served in the military
31 – the Flag that stands for freedom
30 – Rest
29 – God’s holiness, not man’s
28 – God’s love for me & my community
27 – A piano (from an auction!)
26 – Crisp Chill in the Air
25 – Rain & Sunshine….the mix of fall in the Pacific Northwest
22 – 24 Carmel Bruele Latte from Starbucks
21 – The gusty wind blowing the leaves around
20 – Local landmarks (means I am getting closer to home)
19 – The Sunshine (the sun shining after a windy / stormy morning)
18 – Traffic Rules  (makes driving in the rain a bit better)
17 – Voting (the ability to be a part of the decision making process – what a blessing)
16 – Military (they serve & give so we have freedom)
16a – bonus…..my husband’s job
15 – tears shed at the story of God’s hand in our stories

14 – jenga pieces
13 – fall leaves
12 – the words that God gathered and gave me for the study I am teaching on Tuesday
11 – My husbands love, given to me each day
10 – Carmel Bruele Latte (yummy good…..Christmas season is here)
9 – Nails (reminding me of the beautiful colors of fall)
8 – Needles on the ground (pine needles that created a HUGE mess all over our yard)
7- Never Ending Fries, dinner out celebrating a fun day
6- My shoes (they keep my feet warm & dry)

5 – My sweatshirt (nice and toasty warm – this time of year can be chilly)
4 – God’s grace
3- Baked Apples
2 – Toast
1- A slice of pizza