Sunday Gratitude 7.6.14


16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thess 5:16-18

Sometimes it would be so much easier not to give thanks; days are hard, wakeful nights are long, and tears are near. I don’t think God expects us to be thankful for all circumstances, but in all circumstances. The sure knowledge that he is with us and that even in the hardest times we are loved by our amazing God, should lead us to be thankful.

This isn”t always easy to do, but I practice it with my simple Sunday Gratitude posts. If not one person reads this, it’s okay because it is an exercise in obedience for me. When I really consider all that I am thankful for, it lightens my heart.

giving thanks #1431 – 1440

a great visit with my sister Elizabeth and her kids

spending a fun day at the pool

lots of time wearing pajamas and sipping coffee

my car full of middle school girls going to youth group

one of my very best friends, Kathleen, visiting now

showing her my life, house, town after so many years of friendship

hospitality we’ve received from Kathleen and Dan many, many times in Seattle

white lights in our backyard that make me happy every night

sitting outside watching fireworks in all directions

Little Man calling out, “Best one ever! Thank you!” when an especially good firework shot up into the sky

early morning coffee outside with Russ

flowers blooming

a blanket around my shoulders

a wedding yesterday 


visiting with friends after church

Samuel’s new apartment

Annarose playing keys on worship team

family dinner this afternoon

sabbath rest

I hope your day is wonderful and you experience God’s goodness in your life.





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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. JessG
    July 6, 2014

    How cute is Little Man, yelling thanks for the fireworks?! That's a beautiful trickle-down effect of your giving thanks on a regular basis. He is learning gratitude from you, and that's a lovely gift.

  2. Emily
    July 6, 2014

    the Little Man comment made me laugh- I can so picture it.

  3. Rachel
    July 7, 2014

    HI Lisa… I read your Sunday Gratitude… and am reminded to be thankful as well.

  4. guest
    July 7, 2014

    Thanks for this post. After over a year of very hard circumstances I needed the reminder to be thankful and focus on God, not what is going on all around me!


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