I love lists.
We’re talking, I make a list of things “to do” every day. Every day since I was 8, I’ve made a list.
Things like “make bed” and “watch Arthur” have become things like “case notes” and “oil change” but they’re on a list nonetheless.
So when I started reading Ann Voskamp’s beautiful words over at “A Holy Experience” back in 2010, I jumped right on board to writing out my gifts.
It was easy at first and then, some days, it’s really hard to find things to count as blessings.
Tonight, as I work on writing case notes, I was thinking about my clients and all the things they’ve experienced, why them and not me? Who’s to say I deserve all the good things I’ve been given? Grace. It’s all grace.
This is my (short) list of things I’ve done nothing to deserve…
-Parents (two, both who love the Lord, each other and me)
-A bed, food, shelter and clothes
-A foundation of security
-Friends who are more like sisters
-Growing up being told I’m capable of anything I set my mind to
-The sound of crickets and frogs outside my bedroom window
-Faith, hope and eternal salvation
-The love of the only God, my Father
-Being surrounded by a wealth of wisdom in mentors
-No experiences that cause nightmares or flashbacks
-A local Body that stands on the Word unashamadly
And a (short list of) what “NOT To Do”
-Feel guilty for blessings
-Be selfish in my blessings
-Regret the times when I have to say “No”
-Allow the Enemy to speak shame over me
-Be overcome by the darkness
-Worry about what I don’t have
-Fear the future
-Try to do it all and do it all by myself
-Believe that I am too ______ or not ________ enough
-Tell myself my emotions are silly
-Let emotions define or direct me
-Believe that I am less or more than He says I am
See, I love lists!