There are just what they are:

a sunset,

a sunrise,

a new pair of shoes,

a sky full of birds

and the smile on your face.

Yet when my eyes are open to them being God’s gifts to me personally, everything changes.

The marvelous sunset last night?  It came after I fought with myself all day long and finally came to a place of peace.  I knew that God was in control and I let go.  And then He gave that sunset to me. It is well with my soul.

That breathtaking sunrise this morning?  God’s reminder to me that He will be faithful to be all day long, and then some.

The new shoes I am wearing?  I feel like I walk on air.  And with them I can run, leap, jump and just play.  They make me feel so happy and when I put them on, they declare to me His attention to details.

Oh, and the birds in the sky? They know where to go in the winter, and how to come back in the spring.  They follow the leader, a great dance in the sky. They are intricate, majestic, powerful.  And their song makes my heart sing.  Liquid gold for my soul.

And the smile on your face, it is indeed God’s gift to me.

God’s very specific love notes to me.  They change me from the inside out.  They make me ponder and declare that I am loved from here to heaven and back, all the way to this little plot of land where I dwell.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#153 The evening song of birds in my backyard

#152 The Sunrise over the Maine Coast that took my breath away

#151 The sun setting on Blue Spruce Lake

#150 The joy of being loved from here to heaven and back

Linking up with Inspire me MondayJumping Tandem, the Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Denise in Bloom, Play Dates with GodHear it on Sunday, Still Saturday, Bible Love NotesWhat Joy is Mine, Graceful Summer, Thankful Thursday and Create with Joy



  1. Lovely thinking, sharing… and great bird photo. I truly love birds [except the vultures, etc., but that’s understandable, I’m sure, even though they come in handy]. I was blessed by this post. Thanks.


  2. Great list, Barbara… I just “finished” my 1000 gift list last week… And by finished, I mean I’m gonna keep going past 1000. Such a wonderful way to stay in constant touch with our Father!


  3. I just love your perspective – so true, this: “Yet when my eyes are open to them being God’s gifts to me personally, everything changes.”

    And I just have to tell you, Barbara…in your header picture, you look SO much like my dear mother-in-law, it takes me breath away every time. Even my husband, when he saw your thumbnail on my blog, clicked over to look. We lost her almost two years ago, so seeing that picture makes me smile (I hope you don’t find that creepy – I just want you to know that your blog has a special little place in my heart!)


  4. All the tiny things in our lives to prove of His love and care. If only we open our eyes. Thank you for opening mine! And for sharing on NOBH!


  5. Thanks for sharing your gratefulness for both the simple and the magnificent things in our lives. Hearing others grateful praise always inspires it in me. Thanks also for sharing on B&BB this week on Bible Love Notes. I pray that your week is blessed with many wonders, simple and magnificent.


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