Blog Posts - 31 Days Of Thanks



day 31: little miss

my last day of the challenge.first of all, i have to say thank you to every reader who hung with me. i can't believe i made i with only getting 1 day behind. no, i will not continue to post daily, but you will keep hearing from me. i won't wait 8 mon...
by at the gate called beautiful on Nov 1, 2014

day 30: my fellow thumb sucking boy

it is simeon's turn for me to be thankful for him!this boy is pure sunshine. we were camping with our church and went to a campfire gathering, a lot of the people there we didn't know yet, and he shouted, "these are all my friends!" he is so friendly...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 31, 2014

day 29: the gift of no regrets

i had a period of time during my teen years that my relationship with my dad was tense. we went through some intense family situations when i was a kid that led to a chain reaction of some unhealthy ways of dealing with stress. i personally struggled...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 30, 2014

day 28: a mama's boy

it is uriah's turn!he is such a fun kid! i love how his eyes twinkle when he laughs and when he cries.he is so ultra focused on anything he is doing and he does everything with 110% effort.everything is about speed with this boy. he is forever a...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 30, 2014

day 27: my youngest little man

giving thanks for my little hosea justus today:he is sweet as sugar - i call him my sugar baby. his smile and twinkling eyes can melt me in an instant.he is fierce and loves to fight more than any of my other boys - he constantly plays david and goli...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 28, 2014

day 26: avoiding the entitlement trap

                   i have been wanting to write about entitlement in this series. i think it it the elephant in the room when it comes to giving thanks (or not giving thanks).   everyone kno...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 27, 2014

day 25: beloved son

i know i write about my kids a lot, but as a mom of 6 they are a huge part of my world. i am watching my #3 son david creating on our hardwood oak living room floor and i am thinking of so much thanks i can give to God for him.he was a surprise baby...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 26, 2014

day 24: your assignment

then on that day david first assigned asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord. 1 chronicles 16:7could you imagine being the one whose life assignment was to give thanks to the Lord? wow. what a weight of responsibility and what an honor.i...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 26, 2014

day 23: for the rest of my days

tonight i am thankful for the mercy of God. i am a broken imperfect person. i have nothing in myself that could earn the love of our perfect Creator and Father. i mess up so many times. i say things i wish i hadn't said, and don't say the things i wi...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 25, 2014

day 22: interruptions

i have several ideas of what to write swirling around in my head. i have a couple half written posts, but sometimes life, lack of inspiration, or simply the difficulty of typing this one-handed gets in the way.yet, to stay with the theme of 31 days o...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 23, 2014

day 21: to be satisfied in God

     our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. we hunger for something more, something other. ann voskampchariswant to read more of my 31 days of thanks? just click on the...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 21, 2014

day 20: the hope of eternity

 eternity.i don't know how to describe the amount of thanks i have for eternity. i think of heaven as it currently is - the paradise that Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him that He would join Him in that very day. finally free from th...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 21, 2014

day 19: the key to eliminating anxiety

be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. phil 4:6-7c...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 20, 2014

day 18: my firstborn

this is going to be brief because i waited until 9:33pm to even start this post. today i am giving thanks that i have an oldest son named asher.i prayed for my son named asher since i was a young teenager and sometimes i still can't believe i have hi...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 19, 2014

day 17: our thankful journal

we keep a thankful journal as a family. we don't write in it every day. we take it out probably about once a week to once every other week and pick one person to be our scribe. then we go around in a circle and each of us says something that we are t...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 17, 2014

day 16: give thanks to the Lord for He is good

oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;make known His deeds among the peoples.sing to Him, sing praises to Him;speak of all His wonders.glory in His holy name;let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.seek the Lord and His strength;see...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 16, 2014

day 15: simplicity

we live in a world that has so many choices. we have endless options of how to spend our money, and even how much money we have to spend. we have countless activities we could be a part of and entertainment constantly at our fingertips. the time we l...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 15, 2014

day 14: sweet small gifts

this morning i give thanks for...overcast skies that hint of rain to comemoney in the bank to pay the month's billsuplifting worship songs redirecting my heart to praise Himcuddles with little people early in the morning under the warm coverscrepe my...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 14, 2014

day 13: my marriage advice

*it is ironic that i was already half done writing this post when i got into a dramatic disagreement with my husband. (note: all the drama and most the disagreeing was coming from me). interesting how the Lord will often test if we are willing to wal...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 14, 2014

day 12: thanks of the day

something i am thankful for today...we live in the same city as my family. i don't want to ever take this for granted, since it isn't promised that it will be this way forever. (no mom, this is not an announcement of relocating.) most sundays our fam...
by at the gate called beautiful on Oct 13, 2014


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