Sunday, May 20, 2012


Eucharisteo... the greek word for life-filling gratitude.

I just learned this from the book I'm reading for the small group I am in.

Doesn't it roll off the tongue beautifully? Go on... say it out loud.

I want to name a small country after this word.

Or my first-born.

At the rate I'm going, me acquiring a small country that has been unclaimed and unnamed will probably come first.


It's a meaty word.

The author of the book, One Thousand Gifts–– proposes that deep joy can only be found at the table of this eucharisteo––thanksgiving.

She made a list of 1000 things she is grateful for throughout her day to day life and she says it has revolutionized the way she lives.

Things pass before us a mile a minute in our busy lives.

If we don't stop and call those things out when we come upon them...they will brush by unnoticed.

We humans have a spectacular ability to forget.

And in the forgetting––there are a multitude of lost opportunities to embrace wonder and appreciation despite difficulties.

There is deep joy to be found with every acknowledgement.

Deep, fortifying joy that doesn't damper based on my circumstances.

Aren't we told to give thanks in everything?

There was lack of sustenance and multitudes of people... Jesus was handed a few scraps of bread and some fish and what did he do?

He gave thanks. And it multiplied.

He told his disciples at the last supper to break the bread and drink of the cup and give thanks, and to do it often.

Col 3:17: Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

There is something phenomenally cool that happens when I open my mouth and declare to the creation around me that I am grateful for something. God's ears draw near and He listens. In the speaking out  know what?...My troubles seem to lighten!

So given this fascinating find... I started thinking of things at any given moment in time that I am in awe of.

The sound of children giggling
Water bubbling out of a spout.
A deep breath filling my lungs.
Family that knows about all of my dirty laundry and still embrace me.
The beauty of dancing butterflies and scampering squirrels.
The knowledge that I am the daughter of the King, and He knows me better than I know myself.

My heart skips a beat. And I can actually feel delight seeping in!

Seriously, you should try this!!

I know I want more of I keep thinking...

Shoes on my feet...
Air condition!
Creamy chunky peanut butter and blackberry sandwiches.
Friends that encourage and bring a smile to my face.
A firm handshake and a warm embrace.
Music that inspires and bewitches my ears.
Wildlife brilliance...

The knowledge that NOTHING in my life is an insignificant detail to God.
Moonlit walks on the beach and gazing at shiny twinkly gems in the darkened sky.
The feel of cool grass beneath my bare feet.
Taking long walks with my sister and dad on the Rail trail.
Endless horizons over sparkling waters.

Ahh...truly life-filling, overflowing joy jump-starting gratitude.

The more I think of things, the more at peace and happy I feel.

It's like a God-given, natural buffer to our weary souls. Joy. It most definitely is our strength.

And a key to overcoming...

Giving thanks––IN EVERYTHING.

It might not always be easy...I know this.

But as far as I can see... we've been given clear instructions from the Word to do this for a very real and important reasons.

And I am learning now, like never before, the power of stopping in my tracks and expressing joy and thanks at the little and big things that file past me.

You must stop and try this. Make a point to look around you and treasure hunt for things you are impressed with and thankful for.

You might be amazed to find deep joy starting to bubble up and out from inside of you!

The End.
*Note: all pics courtesy of tumblr/pinterest


  1. And I'm thankful for you!! LOVE the photos, by the way!

  2. Love this!!! And hope you don't mind that I am sharing it!

  3. Wonderful, enjoyable posting.
    Thanks for the reminder.
    He daily floods us with blessings!
    You are on target; we are too busy or get dull-hearted, and miss the subtle, obvious, and obscure.
    I am thankful for God's grace and mercy. ( really am trying not use it ALL up. Yes, new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness !
    That camel and Scandinavian ( or Russian girl), really are adorable. ( I AM thankful for camels, moose , beluga whales, cuttlefish, um....... All creatures as newborns, except ticks, mosquitoes and the like). Yes, I am thankful someone invented the fly swatter.
    And of course, I am thankful for you, Jeanine. You are a blessing. I enjoy your printed voice. It's crystal clear, with encouragement and truth, mixed with lovingkindness.
    Thanks for the spiritual thermometer. I feel better already !

  4. @Jessica: And I for you! You are the best sister a girl could ever have :))

    @Chronicler: I am so honored that you would share! Absolutely LOVED reading your list :))

    @Janet: I like that: we are too busy and dull-hearted...that we miss the subtle, obvious and obscure. How true is that?! Isn't that pic funny, I just want to laugh out loud whenever I see her. haha And I'm with you on the bug babies––still ewww.
    THank you for your lovely words and encouragement as always! Love you!!!

  5. Thank you (your) for this post. I love all of the things that God has planted around us for our enjoyment. Yes, some are tucked around other things so that when we do find them, it's a surprise. I love surprises.
    Thanks for perfectly selecting photos that make me bubble up with laughter and feel good inside.
    I'm thankful that you are in my life :)

    1. Thank you for your lovely words Nonnie. I like that--"somethings are tucked around other things" yes!! sometimes you have to look deep. It's not always clear but there is a lesson and wisdom and blessing that can be found from so much ordinary day to day "stuff". It's so amazing, really :) Thankful for you!!!

  6. I was checking out some blogs on adventure and found yours. I especially liked this post--I learned a new fantastic word that rolls off your tongue, I was reminded of the power of gratitude to bring joy into your life, and I found some really cool, fun photograghs. Thanks for sharing your your joy and adventurous spirit.

  7. @Deborah: Thank you so much for stopping by. The word does "roll off the tongue" beautifully, doesn't it? And the meaning behind it is truly revolutionary. It has changed my outlook on how I look at each moment that passes by in day to day life. Blessings!

  8. I am so very grateful to God for you.

  9. I enjoyed your post. You have expressed God's heart for us to be thankful and done it well. I too am in YWAM and also reading 1000 Gifts and waking up to amazing gifts all around me. Blessing to you!!!!


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