Thankful in the Little Things


Living with a Thankful Heart - Give Thanks Always and For Everything

This is my second post in the series Living With a Thankful Heart.

I know I said this last week but giving thanks is not something that comes as naturally to me as it does for some, it is something I need (and want) to work on, especially knowing there is so much we have to be thankful for.

It is definitely easier to be thankful in the big things (like finally receiving that elusive adoption referral) but it can be hard to remember to be thankful in the day to day routine moments. It’s these moments and things that we so easily take for granted.

How often are you thankful for the water that comes out of the tap when you turn it on? It’s probably one of those things you take for granted until one day it doesn’t work. But we are supposed to be always be thankful.

Give thanks always and for everything
to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20

This last week I kept a running list of the things I was thankful for, and tried to focus more on the little things:

* a husband willing to do the dishes (without me even asking)
* being able to sleep past 6:30am
* meals with family
* subbing days that mean more $$ in our adoption account
* a neighborhood with back alleys that make for great walks and photo backdrops
* getting a court date

. . . very One Thousand Gifts-esq

I found it easier to be thankful when I was intentionally thinking about it all week, so many small things I normally would have missed this week I noticed. I hope to continue keeping a list of the little things I am thankful for in hopes of beginning a habit of thankfulness for the little things.

Do you keep a list of things you are thankful for?
What are some little things that happened this week that you could put on the list?

You can view the entire Living With a Thankful Heart series here.

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Weekend Links


Weekend Links

a collection of links around the internet
that I’ve been loving lately

* this series on home + school simplified by Alicia Hutchinson

* this post my friend Lindsy wrote about foster care 2 years ago and I only came across this week, favorite line: “You can handle getting attached and getting hurt. You’re an adult. You can handle it. They are kids.”

* on being vulnerable by Wynne, I’m realizing that I need to be the one to start being vulnerable more often (that was also the theme of a recent post by Shauna Niequist)

* Meg’s post about essential oils and how they use them, mine just came in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to see if they actually work for us

What have you been loving online lately?


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Gluten Free Orzo Soup with macaroni


Gluten Free Orzo Soup with macaroni

Even though we’ve been having nice weather for the last few days it sure is cooling off quickly in the evenings.

Fall has arrived.

One of my goals for this fall and winter is to make more soups. I’ve never been a big soup person but all of a sudden this year I have so many soup recipes I want to try.

I got this orzo soup recipe from my mother-in-law years ago and we love it. But since Jared has been gluten free we’ve swapped out the gluten filled orzo noodles for gluten free macaroni, though I did find out today that there is such a thing as GF orzo noodles so I’ll be looking into those for the next time I make this!

Feel free to make this recipe gluten free or gluten filled, it’s tasty either way. :)

Gluten Free Orzo Soup
  1. 8 cups chicken stock (or 8 cups water and 1/4 cup chicken soup base)
  2. 1 jar pasta sauce
  3. 1 1/2 cups macaroni or orzo noodles
  4. 3/4 cup chopped celery
  5. 1/2 cup chopped onion (or I like to grate it in)
  6. 2 tsp parsley
  7. 1 tsp oregano
  8. 1 tsp chili powder
  9. 1/2 tsp celery salt
  10. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1/4 tsp sage
  12. 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Add all the ingredients except the orzo noodles into a pot and stir.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Once it has come to a boil reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add macaroni or orzo noodles, cook macaroni for the amount of time called for on package or if using orzo noodles cook for 20 minutes on medium low.
  5. Serve hot.
  1. If you plan on having leftovers and don't want the noodles ballooning over time you can cook the noodles separately from the soup and then just add them as needed.
A Harvest of Blessing
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Gluten Free Orzo Soup with macaroni


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Jack of All Trades Link Up #29


Jack of All Trades Link Up
This link up is a place where we as bloggers can find new blogs to read,
to be able to give encouragement to others
and also be encouraged.

* give thanks – like I mentioned yesterday, it something I am working on
* relax and slowly organize - yes, things are really coming together

* get it all done and don’t get too overwhelmed –
I’ve got lots of stuff happening this week, it usually overwhelms me when my week is this full so I’d like to get it all done without stressing too much
* book Raeca’s 4 year needles – gotta remember this!
* find out our travel date – our social worker should be arriving back in South Africa this week and will be talking to the judge so hopefully we will get definite court and travel dates!

* how about I tell you his name (and other adoption details) – pretty much self explanatory :)
* a work in my heart – God has definitely be working on me lately
* weekend links – a few posts I’ve been loving lately

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Living With A Thankful Heart


Living With A Thankful Heart - blog series

This is the first post in the series Living With A Thankful Heart and this post will serve as the landing page for the rest of the series.

week one: living with a thankful heart (below)
week two: thankful in the little things
week three: coming soon

Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. This holiday seems to sneak up on me every year and it seems even more so this year with everything we’ve had going on.

But Thanksgiving is so much more than just a day, it’s a way of life and I want to live with a thankful heart.

To help myself develop more of a thankful heart I will be doing a mini series over the course of the next few Mondays focusing on giving thanks.

Today I wanted to start by sharing a few verses and passages about giving thanks and the importance of it.

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Give thanks in everything . . . we all know how hard that can be but thankfulness is so very important, as is evident in this story:

As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has saved you.”
Luke 17:11-19

This man, a Samaritan, just cleansed of leprosy, received salvation from Christ because of the very action of coming back to Jesus and thanking Him for what He had done. How powerful was his thankfulness!

Living With a Thankful Heart - Thankfulness is a sign of a true, growing believer

I never was one of those super polite kids, you know, the ones who who said thank you even when I test was being handed out, and never had to turn around and go back and say thank you when they got a piece of candy . . . thankfulness has never come naturally to me.

And yet, thankfulness is a sign of a true, growing believer:

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7

I’d love it if you would come journey through thankfulness with me over the course of the next few weeks. I’m praying I can get to a place where thankfulness becomes second nature, in every circumstance.

Are you a naturally thankful person?
Or is it something you have to work at?

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