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An End, an End, and a Rebirth

The very first week I started blogging in October 2008 I included a “Light Friday” post with a link and something funny. Over time, that morphed into the Light Friday Hit List where I shared favorites from that week.

That’s taken on many different shapes over the years, but I feel like it’s time to say goodbye to this feature, at least for the foreseeable future.

So what’s taking its place?

Several years ago, I had an idea for a website dedicated to cultivating a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness. It too took on many iterations before the work of maintaining it became too much and I shut it down.

It was called the Everyday Testimony Project and I simply invited people to share what God was doing in their lives. There are obviously big events we are thankful for like a relative getting a clean bill of health or new baby being born, but are we thanking Him for the encouraging word of a neighbor or the scripture He brought to your attention right when you needed it?

These are the everyday testimonies that we sometimes rush right by, but in order to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving, we need to meditate on the good things He’s done in our lives.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. –Proverbs 13:12

We tend to focus on the “hope deferred” part and forget about that second half. God fulfills longings and gives us testimonies every single day, but are we paying attention? Are we noticing and offering thanks for them?

ev-testimony-sqThis is why I want to start a new link-up that I hope will stir everyone to share these everyday testimonies and encourage one another. We get enough of the sad news, the bad news, the heart-wrenching news. It’s on TV, on Facebook, and everywhere we turn. We can start a movement of thanksgiving and share the greatness and goodness of our God.

This doesn’t have to be hard. It can be an event or an insight God gave you. There’s no format. It’s just about encouraging one another.

I’m praying a deeper community will develop out of this, and we’ll all be stronger for it. I’m hoping you’ll share your testimony then go rejoice or encourage someone else who links up.

I’ve thought about doing something like this for a while, and I feel like the time is right. The world and even Christians can get so focused on things that are temporary and ultimately superfluous. Here I believe we have an opportunity to celebrate the eternal in the everyday.

Maybe it won’t change the world, but maybe it will or at least bring some joy to those in it.

You can even start today.

What do you say? Will you join me in this quest to cultivate thankfulness?

ev-testimony-buttonWelcome to the Everyday Testimony link-up. I hope you’ll join us every week for encouragement and a celebration of the goodness of our God. Add your post below and visit someone else on the list too. Thanks!

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  1. Jason, this sounds like a wonderful idea! I certainly hope that my blog posts still fit the new *theme* -- after all, even when I’m wrestling with the hard things, or laughing at the idiosyncrasies of life, I’m still giving God all the glory!!

    This week I am totally thankful that God is able! Praise His name, for He is faithful forever.

    Sharon recently posted..LORD, YOU ARE ABLEMy Profile

    • I think it absolutely fits the theme. It’s about life, God, and giving thanks in all things. You’re right on topic. 🙂 Thanks Sharon.

  2. My post this next Tuesday is on living a thankful life, and what you’re doing here fits exactly with the point of that post. With that, I am thankful for God’s “coincidences” in my life. He leads me in amazing ways using them.
    Kari Scare recently posted..Lessons from a Blind ManMy Profile

    • That’s so great! It amazes me how God will lay certain things on so many people’s hearts at the same time. He stirs us and it’s a wonderful thing. Thanks Kari! Look forward to reading next week when my life slows down a bit and I hope you share it next Friday too.

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