Finer Things Friday: 1,000 Gifts

The season of Lent is so much more than sacrifice; so much more than giving something up.  It’s about drawing nearer.  Recognizing gifts.  Understanding that it’s all a gift. Michele’s lenten post was a simple aha! that will help me on my own journey to the cross.  I, too, have One Thousand Gifts within arms reach, and am savoring it slowly.

A simple, life-changing dare. That’s what I need for Lent!  For the next 7 weeks, this weekly space will be my gratitude notebook, because in the end, all gifts are a Finer Thing. I have no intention of reaching the magic number 1,000, but whatever I do will be a heart-changing start, and that is something.  Feel free to leave your gifts in the comments or the link up, if you’d like to join me in Lenten gratitude.

1.  A full freezer of locally-raised meat (beef, chicken, and pork).

2.  Ashes crossed on foreheads, uniting our remembrance and our quest.

3.  A stranger’s compliment within earshot of the kids.  “You have a beautiful family, and your children are so well-behaved in church.”

4.  The innocence of a five year old who has no idea how hilarious he is!

5.  Moody Kansas weather.  If you don’t like it today, stick around.  It’ll be different tomorrow.  😉

6.  A three year old who puts herself down (willingly!) for quiet time when mom is busy with the baby.

7.  Snickers candy bars.  They’re gluten free!

8.  The baby’s first game of catch with his big brother, and the squeals of delight it brings.

9.  Technology, allowing me to be dear friends with women I’ve never physically met.

10.  A sweet baby snoozing in my arms as I type these words.

11.  The same sweet baby taking a 2 hour nap in his crib *all by himself.*

As always, your Finer Things are welcome here.  What are you celebrating this week?

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  1. Quiet moments – take advantage and offer a little prayer of thanks for many blessings !

  2. #5 – I think Texas is the same way!!

    #10 – My baby won’t do that any more – enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

  3. 1. An upcoming road trip to visit dear friends.
    2. The opportunity to finish my Master’s Degree – done in May!
    3. Lots of clothes & diapers to pack for our trip. (Some people don’t have as much)
    4. Samaritan Ministries – such an awesome program.

    • We’ve been pondering Samaritan Ministries for a few weeks now. SOMETHING has got to change with our insurance situation. Thanks for the reminder to research more!

  4. I started reading a few weeks ago and it’s definitely a book to savor slowly. I have to read a bit, then pray and mull it over for a while before I’m ready to read more. I’m working on starting my new gratitude lifestyle by recording my blessings and all the little (and big) bits of God’s grace. I’m sad to say that this has been pretty difficult for me. I guess that just means I really do need to do this. Blessings to you!

  5. I too ordered this for myself and for my mom. I have to read a chapter & then think for a while. It is a very deep book & makes me think & change.

  6. I always get kind of choked up when everyone is going up for ashes on Ash Wednesday. There’s just something about the streams of people walking by after getting their ashes — from tiny babies to elderly people, people of all races and walks of life — all unified in faith. It’s just amazing.

    • I hear ya! And I especially love to see ashes on the foreheads of friends who are not Catholic. It’s a great reminder that we don’t have to worship in the same manner to all belong to the Family. 🙂

      • I totally agree! We were, of course, not Catholic for most of our lives, so I like the visual reminder when other family members (who did not convert like we did) have ashen crosses that we are all still part of a larger family. I like to think I remember that, but I think sometimes they forget because to some of them, it’s like we went and did some off the wall, crazy thing when we converted.

  7. I love the idea of counting our gifts! So many blessings, big and small, if we just look around and notice them!

  8. I think today I need to be thankful for medication. For the medication that helps me recognize when I’m heading into a depression mode, and for knowing when to ask for help when that’s happening.

    • Most definitely! While sometimes I thing there is too much unnecessary medication out there, we are so blessed to live in a day and age when it’s available!

  9. Mine is minimal in many people, but clearing out a closet is huge for me! 4 bags to Goodwill and 2 empty tubs! Lovin’ it!

  10. A flood that devastated our town and damaged much property but, ultimately, left all our residents unharmed. We are blessed beyond belief.

  11. Amy,

    This is my first time joining in The Finer Things! Thanks for hosting!! I am BLESSED beyond measure with 3 beautiful, smart & healthy girls, a loving husband, quality friends and family that I treasure, and on and on. A safe, cozy bed, living in paradise, a wonderful church & last but not least…my relationship with God.

    I’m sharing my Kid Approved Mexican Omelette…it’s a new favorite around here. I discuss the benefits of using farm fresh eggs in my post (another thing I’m grateful for).

    I’ve loved checking out your blog. I think it’s great you are giving up gluten for Lent. Should be a neat journey & I look forward to reading about it. I’m now following you on Twitter.

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  12. While I do not observe Lent I am grateful for having the ability to feed my family each week. It is something I never take for granted.

    The recipe I shared is for a white bean soup, it is completely meat free and is suitable for those who are abstaining from meat during this season.

  13. My mom and I have been reading 1000 gifts for the last month or so together and listing our gifts online… Such a wonderful thing to do. I haven’t realized what a wonderful, blessed life I have until I read all of the little things I have previously taken for granted.

    • It’s good to focus on the positive. 🙂 Sometimes we get caught up in what everyone else has that we don’t. Ick. Listing our gifts is better. 🙂

  14. hippie4ever says:

    Beware of snickers bars, they are made on shared equipment with Milky Way (containing malt) unless that has recently changed, and the snack size contain gluten 🙁

    I’m thankful for:

    A beautiful 2 yr old FINALLY asleep in my arms.

    A house that desperately needs cleaning, but is a roof over our heads and warm with the frozen tundra all around.

    K cups that finally arrived.

    My wonderful husband who will soon be home 🙂

    • Oh, rats! Good thing I’m doing this because I want to and not because I’ll get sick if I eat something contaminated. This experiment is giving me a tender heart toward those who suffer food allergies, for sure!


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