Alphabet of Thanks

Years ago Louie Giglio talked about using an alphabet of praise in prayer.  During this season, I thought “Why not an alphabet of thanks” too.  I spoke last week at Grace Fellowship about how being grateful is often an indicator of generosity.  As I was preparing the talk – the idea of an Alphabet of Thanks came to mind so I started jotting down the things that came to my mind from A-Z.  Maybe you ought to take a couple of minutes during this Thanksgiving holiday to do the same personally or together as a family.  Who knows what your list will hold?  Here’s what I wrote down initially….as my Alphabet of Thanks…..

A nimals  (with the exception of skunks) even though I guess I should be thankful for them too.

B arrett and B enaiah – my two new grandsons

C hurch – my church – our staff team – our leaders & vols – our family

D ad – my dad who is definitely one of my heroes

E ternal life

F orgiveness – b/c I’ve been forgiven of so much

G race – w/0 it I would be lost – I live under grace

H olidays

I phone – really I love using it even though I have a love/hate relationship with AT&T

J anet – my wife and “hot mama” of nearly 35 years

K ids – my kids and their spouses – the fact they’re all followers of Christ

L ife – b/c every day is a gift

M 0ther – my mom is an amazing woman who loves genuinely no matter what

N ature – love the beauty & majesty of the creation that God has given us to enjoy

O pportunities to serve Christ

P eople who have influenced me toward Christ & those who still do

Q uicken – helps me keep our finances in order  (really)

R elationships with family & those genuine friends in my life

S avior – Jesus Christ

T oys – and the joy they bring to kids (even big kids)

U mbrellas – when it rains – it looks like I have no hair on my head w/o an umbrella !

V acations

W ord of God

X ylophone – b/c I like music and there aren’t many X words

Y oung Believers b/c they’re so passionate & hungry

Z oos – b/c we went to them often when I was a child & I love watching the animals

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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One Response to Alphabet of Thanks

  1. Robin says:

    After hearing this, I did this. I also asked my girls to do it. It was amazing and eye opening to see what they put. My 8 year put down the sweetest things. Even used the word quakers(ducks) for the letter Q. It was also nice to see that my 12 & 16 year old were thankful for things that I wasn’t sure they knew went on around them. I will hold on to these because I know now that they are listening to me!

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