Bonhoeffer & Counting One Thousand Gifts





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‘Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things.

We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts.

We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the highest good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious.

We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.

How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things?”

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community


opening paint cans up… {#3651}

long grass early in the morning… {#3652}

laughing with Jessica and Annie{#3653}

a Farmer leaving fudge on my pillow… {#3654}

these 10 easiest herbs to grow{#3655}

full, soapy cleaning buckets and dirty floors {#3656}

summer lists and 100 free things to do with kids this summer{#3657}

the peonies out on humid nights… {#3658}

this incredibly easy and remarkably delicious recipe that Jessica made in the crockpot… {#3659}

How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. Ps. 31:19

…. counting more of His endless, One Thousand Gifts … thanks be to God

Take June’s Joy Dare?

Print it for the fridge and dare everyone in the family to find these 3 gifts from His hand each day:


Click here to print June’s Joy Dare! Put it on the fridge! Dare the Kids!
And begin this week — this month-– right!

Count three gifts a day, 1000 gifts in 2012 (and be entered to win the NikonD90 camera?)

Thank-you is a word that can change you, your world — the whole world!

HOW TO ENTER JUNE’S GIVEAWAY: (The Winner of May’s Joy in a basket is Lynn Pottenger … thank you for giving Him thanks for the gifts, Lynn!)

Each day of June, either share your gifts on on Twitter {label with #1000gifts #JoyDare so we can find you!}, or with us in the gratitude community at Facebook , or on Pinterest (#1000gifts).

Each day, 3 people will who share their gifts via Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest will be randomly selected & entered into a drawing for JOY BASKET: a gift card @ Amazon {100$} & {signed copies of One Thousand Gifts, the photographic gift book, the DayBrightner, and the family gratitude journal} Give thanks to Him in the assembly!

Join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts?

Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post.

Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!

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