It All Counts

I have struggled for over a week to figure out what to write about.

I wanted this post to reflect the milestone that it is. #300.

I really wanted it to be special, which is why I didn’t post last week, hoping some inspiration would enthusiastically fill me by today.  Hmmm…

Then I read one line by Emily Freeman that jumped out at me.  It all counts.

If we don’t separate our spiritual lives from our daily lives… if in Him we live and move and have our being… then it all counts.

So that means every effort, every well-intentioned good deed, every prayer for others, no matter how inadequate they may seem, all counts.

I was recently at a blog site that showed a beautiful, comfy home decorated with fun and pretty things in all shades of pink and full of girlfriends.  I would love that.

The truth is, I had a birthday party for a friend last Saturday. The only decoration was a scalloped triangle banner with her name on it that I made, but forgot to take a picture of. I choose to believe it blessed her anyway.

Last week I had some of my favorite young adults over for dinner and I was lucky to get the table and buffet cleared so that it would look welcoming.  For the first time ever (with this group) I used paper plates, albeit pretty paper plates. I still choose to believe that our meals together matter.

I began walking a new group of ladies through the dvd study series for the book 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  {Which is why I had to clear the buffet of all the papers and inspirations that will become their syllabus for the class.}  Her book and this study are all about counting. We are counting evidence of His goodness, His grace, His faithfulness. It all counts.

Later, we bagged up gifts for 20 gals at one agency and bagged up 50 loaves of banana bread to bless another group of women.  Multiple hands, divided work, exponential blessings. It all counts.

I dream {almost daily} of Acts of Kindness adventures and scan shelves for things that could bless. I spent $24.00 yesterday to buy 2 bags of laundry pods and get a $5.00 gift card back. The math doesn’t make sense until I divide the numbers and discover that those laundry supplies will  bless at least 28 families.

I don’t really think you needed to know much of what I just wrote. Nor do I presume it will inspire you. It’s just that I’m learning…

  • That as much as I’d love to create and celebrate all the milestones, sometimes I just can’t.
  •  That ‘keeping it real’ is as important as making it look important.
  • That doing something is almost always better than doing nothing.
  • That love is as much a discipline as gratitude or prayer or worship or fasting, and a much bigger commitment.

That no matter how many times I fail to post my blog when I hoped I could, every time I do, counts! It has taken me a long time to get to post #300.  Rather than regret what I have not done, I choose today to rejoice in what I have done.

Whatever the things are that keep you busy in your own life, I hope you know that they count and that at least for today, you too will choose to rejoice instead of regret.

Counting It All Joy With You,


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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4 Responses to It All Counts

  1. Eileen says:

    You’re always, always inspirational no matter what you write! I loved it! Congratulations on your #300th blog! That’s amazing in and of itself! You are indeed a blessing to so many!

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