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Today is the last day of this 31 day series of Eucharisteo.

Eucharisteo has taken my heart on an unforgetable journey, a journey into the hard places of my soul.

Over the past 31 days I found how hard it is to live this word in reality of this world. There were those days when I couldn’t find anything to be thankful for, days I didn’t care to even look, and then there were days that I found it easy to sit in awe of His grace and goodness that surrounded me.

I quickly learned that as I long for this word to live fully alive in me, deep with in my own heart I had to see the heart of it. I had to understand what it was that gave life to this word. What is the heart and soul of eucharisteo, where does the grace and joy flow from?

It has only been since I remembered, that the gospel is what pumps life giving blood into the heart of eucharisteo that I understood how to truly live fully alive in the midst of His grace and mercy surrounding me everyday.

 I haven’t been able to see clearly with my eyes wide open because the gospel was not always the axis of my heart. I was walking blindly tripping over the grace and mercy of the gospel, the wonder of Love because I couldn’t see with out my gospel lens. When I began looking through the gospel it was then that I could pick up this eucharisteo and write down all the wonder and magic, a never ending gift list.

Eucharisteo, this giving thanks is alive only in and through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  That is why it is not always easy to give thanks, there are just those days that we loose our focus and take our eyes off of the cross and our vision become blurry to the wonder, to the gifts.

We need the light of the gospel to enable us to live fully alive.

We need the gospel to remind us that we are souls full of grace.

We need the gospel to show us the way into eucharisteo.

On this journey to give thanks in all circumtances {1 Thessalonians 5:18}, through all the ups and downs, I have come to understand that it must be deeply rooted in the reality that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, so thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! {Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 9:15}

The reality of the great exchange on the cross, where righteousness and sin switched places. Where He took our place, took our wages of sin and gave us Himself.

Eucharisteo, a true lifestyle of giving thanks starts with the eternal gift of life. If this is not at the top of our gift list, the list will fade away.

The definition of gratitude or thankfulness is this:  is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favours.  To live a life of full of thanksgiving we must remember Him, remember the ultimate life giving gift, Himself. He is our neverending source of gratitude in this life, He is the reason we can be full of eucharisteo and why this fully alive giving thanks can spill over into all of the world, from our heart to the lost and broken everywhere. Our hearts are moved across the world by our understanding of the love of God. When we become so full of the love of God, with the true gospel we overflow into eucharisteo. Our broken empty hearts fill with the love of God and spill over into the world. Eucharisteo covers the world with grace.

  So let us …be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… Ephesians 5: 18-20

We name each gift of grace in the name of Christ, always remembering Him and seeking to make Him known through our naming. 

Eucharisteo is for His glory.

Eucharisteo is not just about how we can have the fullest life, chasing grace and finding our joy.

Eucharisteo is about a heart empty, a heart full. A life taken captive by righteousness, by the gospel.

Eucharisteo is about remembering Him.

Naming gifts in His name.

For His glory.

Making Him known among the nations.

Spilling over into the world.

Living eyes wide open to the grace and wonder of the gospel.

It isn’t about us, it is about Him.

We can easily become narcissisistic in our thanksgiving and it be centered all around us.


May our hearts cry out… 

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Isaiah 12:1

and then may our gratitude spill over as we…

Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Isaiah 12:4

I live now with a passion to live fully alive through the gospel and my heart continues to cry out that…

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations… with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 57:9, 86:12,


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Givng thanks is remembering how much we have been forgiven, it is letting grace capture our soul and taking us into the depths of eternal love Himself. It is being overwhelmed by the gospel of grace that we are moved {literally} to give a living thanks through not just our un-ending gift list, not just our words of praise, and songs of worship but throuh our lives, eucharisteo for the gospel moves us to action… it’s more than just words. So much more.

Eucharisteo does not just give thanks, it gives life, and saves lives. It travels across the world.



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I am continuing to meditate on the reality of the gospel being the center, the heart of eucharisteo and our hearts being the soil it sprouts in letting sink down further into my soul. I can’t help but ask myself, how rooted is the gospel in my own heart? Am I nurturing the gospel love-seed planted deep within or am I  neglecting it and allowing it to wither?

In our lives we face many spiritual droughts and harsh storms that beat against the gospel seed planted in our hearts. Hard down pours of doubts crush the soil of our hearts threatening our love for the truth of the gospel of Christ planted deep. We are often even tempted to rip it out ourselves to relieve the turmoil and pain from the storms.

Can we in these storms still give thanks? Still give hard eucharisteo for the seed of the gospel planted in our hearts… instead of ungratefulness?

I pray the Lord will pour grace down upon this hard heart and burst it open abounding in never ending, praise giving eucharisteo within the storms of life and within the peace of the clear blue days.

May I give back what He has graciously given.


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Eucharisteo is what pours out of our hearts when we become so overwhelmed with the love of Christ, with the gospel. We can not create a grateful heart apart from the gospel. The gospel is the seed of eucharisteo and our hearts are the soil.

Soil must be tended to, it must be broken up, churned and watered.


It is time {everyday} we break up our fallow ground with the gospel and seek the LORD.  If we are not constantly tending to the soil of our hearts, watering it richly with the Word of Life, the gospel love of Jesus Christ, then our hearts will begin to harden in the heat of this life. We must get our hands dirty, working the soil of our heart.

Cultivating a heart rich with the gospel, rich with eternal love for the soul and glory for His name. Eucharisteo; a heart full of gratitude, full of grace and joy will only live in a heart cultivated with the deep, rich, love of Christ.

Seek the gospel which rips up and tears and cuts and wounds and hacks and even kills, for that is the gospel that makes alive again. And when you have found it, give good heed to it. Let it enter into your inmost being. As the rain soaks into the ground, so pray the Lord to let his gospel soak into your soul.” Charles Spurgeon


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As we continue to pack I am finding little time to find my thoughts and little time to put them down and I worry I am just filling space. I do not want to fill just to fill. I long to fill with meaning and with passion.

With a higher purpose, a holy vision.

All of our time is just waiting to be filled. Like an empty glass. Each morning we are given a day empty waiting to be filled. Time is more than a gift, it is our life. Seconds make up the hours in our existence, they fill the space of our being and living how are we going to fill them?

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Time is ours to use, to fill remembering that all time is ulitmately His. Grace gives us every second of air we breathe, every minute our heart beats, every hour spent alive. How will we decide to walk with in His seconds and minutes? Will we make the best use of His hours, filling them with wisdom and purpose.

It is so easy to just fill up time with things that require little thought void of love and praise. We have been given time to fill, let us fill it up with the only thing, the only one that matters, with Him. Fill your days with God, fill them with worship.

Every second counts. Count Him in your days, filling them with purpose…


Counting with Ann… giving thanks for the time given this week, time for…

::the first letter of John, read every morning filling the soul with truth

::prayers that have filled this home over the years

::prayer a wise way to fill the time

::a means of grace

::grace found within the day

::days full of family

::filling boxes full of me, full of us

::the blessing of giving

::worship at home, just us and just Him

::for cuddles

::reading the Hobbit, story time with daddy

::his voices of Gollum

::reading the Pilgrims Progress snuggled under covers with momma

::reading and meditating on the Word of Life

::peace pursued between brothers and sisters

::singing the hymns over a sick baby

::prayers of healing over his little body

::healing grace

::a day full of fellowship


I still haven’t learned how to truly fully live in eucharisteo. Still on this hard journey. I will continue to learn this hard eucharisteo as long as I live… as long as I am given His gift of time. Filling up the days with thanks and prasie.

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When we bless God for mercies, we usually prolong them. When we bless God for miseries, we usually end them.  Praise is the honey of life which a devout heart extracts from every bloom of providence and grace. C.H. Spurgeon


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There is a sign above my kitchen table that say Always Give Thanks.




Breathe eucharisteo like it is air it whispers.

Nancy Leigh Demoss has a series on cultivating a heart full of grace, abounding in it, overflowing with it into an attitude of gratitude. Find some time to listen to her as she encourages us women of God to love Him more deeply…

Abounding in Gratitude

Gratitude and Peace

Characteristic of a Grateful Heart

Contentment or Bitterness

Why be Thankful

A Debt of Thanksgiving

I highly recommend this series. It will encourage your heart and soul in this journey of learning to give thanks in all circumstances. Enjoy.


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