It is the time of year for lists...Christmas card lists, wish lists, party attendees lists...
I love lists. I really do.
And I’m not alone. Others of you out there also feel the supreme joy of Making The List.
Currently, I have these lists written down and in process:
1. Thanksgiving prep for today's lunch
2. Groceries to buy in town
3. Paperwork to complete for the government
4. Computer To-Do’s
5. Christmas prep
6. Next Trip to Kampala groceries and supplies
I love them all.
But it’s funny. I am also good at keeping other lists.
You know. The List of how many ways someone has ever ticked me off. The List of all the injustices forced upon me in all of time. The list of all my losses...
These are not the lists I write down. Nor are they lists I am proud of. But, it is remarkable how quickly I can recall them in detail when I am hurt.
Why is it that when one situation brings pain…it revives the wounds of other situations that are similar? I stub my toe on some issue and out comes the “list”.
Recently, I read Tracey's thoughts concerning loss and grief. Tracey's thoughts and Sandi's comment about the "loss closet" have had me pondering.
I was affirmed when reading these things, that it is normal to revisit other losses when facing a new one.
I just need to be sure the visit doesn’t turn into a permanent situation.
Another blogging sister, whose writing touches me deeply, has been making a list over the last year called One Thousand Gifts. I have been convicted to start my own thankful list, in an effort to turn my focus...And give thanks.
I’ll be posting parts of the list over the next year. I’m working towards 1000….making note of the things that God is giving me everyday.
And I feel this is the perfect day to start ☺
1. New puppies.
2. My children laughing.
3. My husband reading the Bible to the children.
4. Cornbread Dressing.
5. My Mam-ma’s pie recipes.
6. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
7. Memories of wonderful family holidays.
8. Missionary community to share holidays with here.
9. Campfires with the kids.
10. Turkey,bacon sandwiches
12. My Blogland Sisters--your authentic sharing so often spurs me on to love and good deeds!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! May your list of blessings come quickly to mind during this holiday season...
(Feel free to grab this graphic and start your own list! Let me know if you do...)