2013-things-of-thanks: Week 11

Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. (Exodus 17:12)

And this as the battle raged.

As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. (Exodus 17:11)

I’ve been winning the eucharisteo battle for 10 weeks now – taking territory in my worship of noticing the small graces and the floods of mercy. But this last week my arms got tired. There are 41 weeks to go. I haven’t yet seen the worst of the fray. But I’m determined to keep gaining ground.

Which is why I’m so grateful for friends and mentors like Terry Brauer who hold up my arms when anger or anxiety sway the battle and thanksgiving limps wounded. We have loads in common, not least being Jesus and our favourite coffee shop. Here are Terry’s 39 things:

391 The best live concert ever: The Straits

392 And the joy on Pete’s face!

393 My unselfish husband who never stops working to make things better

394 Aroma coffee

395 Helpful, friendly staff at Gold Reef City

396 Being able to walk and drive

397 Answered prayer

398 Cameos with Ryan and Paige

399 A cool cloudy lazy Saturday

400 Getting a last minute booking at Byamiti in the Kruger Park next week

401 Cooking in my beautiful new kitchen (again!)

402 My folks reaching 59 years of marriage

403 Rita’s carers who make my life so much easier

404 Paging through food magazines for recipes

405 A special message of encouragement for me from a Bible study member

406 Two gifts of flowers this week

407 Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln

408 The charming movie Quartet

409 A day when everything ran smoothly

410 Efficient, pleasant service at Honda for once

411 Friends who care

412 Kicking the Stilnox habit for two full weeks AND sleeping

413 Cortisone relief (injections into six eina places)

414 Meg’s wedding anticipation

415 A very surprising secret piece of news

416 That I can turn on a tap and clean water comes out

417 Safely delivered friends’ babies and one to come

418 Cool mornings

419 Sunny days

420 A Highveld rain storm

421 Shopping for special game reserve food

422 Delicious food at a Jenny Crwys-Williams function

423 Redi’s  gut-wrenching sharing of her pain in Endings and beginnings

424 Connecting with my women friends

425 A gourmet food experience at Pru Leith

426 ‘My’ barista who cares how I like my coffee

427 Feeling full of energy (does not happen too often!)

428 A very useful worship workshop

429 A happy coffee date with my mom-in-law – small outings so special for those who can’t get out

Please keep sharing your 39 things – in the comments, or mail me / tweet me / facebook me. You don’t know whose arms you might be lifting as you live thankfully, out loud, for his glory.


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  1. 1. Warm Cape evenings
    2. My husbands endless love and patience
    3. Delighted dogs faces when the leads come into view
    4. Vivacious budgie chirping in the morning
    5. Warm water
    6. My slow cooker for those crazy busy days
    7. Chris Tomlins “Whom shall I fear” If you haven’t heard it listen to it now!!
    8. Fast computers
    9. Prayers answered, even the small silly things.
    10. Moms smile
    11. Tentative holiday plans
    12. The quaking white ducks on the ponds outside my window at work
    13. Laughs at lunchtime with collegues
    14. Sleeping in on Saturdays
    15. Butterflies along the path
    16. Charles Spurgeons wise words
    17. Seeing teens lives impacted
    18. Series
    19. Becoming lost in an awesome book
    20. A long phone call to a friend in the States
    21. Pizza delivery
    22. The blessing of my husband working for a company filled with godly men
    23. Big trees
    24. Spotting a bird I have never seen before
    25. Shopping with mom and sis
    26. Ice cold lemonade with mint
    27. Clean fresh crackly linen
    28. Being dragged down the road by over excited canines
    29. Driving to work against the traffic
    30. Beautiful photos
    31. New shoes – I have a shoe fettish
    32. Wednesday bible study discussions
    33. My cars fuel economy
    34. Plans for the easter weekend
    35. Anti-bacterial handwash
    36. The view from my desk
    37. Virgin Active
    38. My iPhone
    39. Snuggling on the couch with my man


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