Thank God for These Websites #Gratituesday

Attitude is everything.  An attitude of gratitude changes everything.

It’s so easy to complain about what we don’t have, to get frustrated when our expectations are not met, and just see the glass as half empty.  But when we take stock of how blessed we are, the disappointments and frustrations really pale in comparison and we can truly live each day with a joyful heart.

My friend Deana Kistner (aka Organized Artist) started the #Gratituesday Twitter hashtag a few weeks ago after deciding she was going to designate Tuesday each week to blog about something she’s thankful for.  With November being Give Thanks Month at OurChurch.Com we’re going to follow her lead.  Each Tuesday we’re going to post about something we’re thankful for and invite you to join the conversation.  Future Gratituesday posts will be less techy, but today here are…

9 Websites I’m Thankful For

1) Google – With Google the world is at my finger tips.  Whether I need a book, a plumber, the correct spelling of a word, lyrics to a song, the author of a quote, I can find almost anything using Google.

2) Facebook – If you’re not on Facebook, you’re not my friend.  Just kidding.  But it is the communications center for the vast majority of my friendships.  It’s how I keep in touch with friends who live out of town, how I share pics and vids with family.

3) Gmail – Earlier this year Outlook crash on me.  I started using Gmail and I never looked back.

4) Twitter – It’s hard to believe I’ve been using Twitter less than 6 months.  It’s become an indispensable tool for building relationships with people who share my interests in ministry, technology, leadership, and the church.  It’s also one of the main ways I get news and articles.

5) Google Docs – About a year ago our staff at OurChurch.Com started sharing docs on Google Docs.  We put all our internal policies and procedures there.  We keep metrics spreadsheets there.  It beats emailing attachments to all the staff and then worrying about whether everyone is using the right version.  If you’re not using Google Docs at your workplace, you should try it out.

6) Snopes – You know those emails your friends forward to you that you’re not quite sure whether you can believe them or not?  Is Microsoft or AOL really giving away $ to everyone who forwards the email? Can talking on a cell phone at a gas station cause an explosion?  Look them up on snopes to find out if they’re real or just an urban legend.

7) YouVersion – With YouVersion you an read the Bible online in pretty much any translation you like.  You can tag, bookmark, and comment on the passages you read.  If you like you can also make your comments available to other people on the site and read their insights.

8 ) iStockPhoto – Need a good photo for a website or brochure but don’t want to spend a mint?  iStockPhoto has a great selection of images at reasonable prices.

9) Flickr – Speaking of images, they’re great for spicing up your blog articles.  We post at least one with every article.  If you want to add free image to your blog, check out Flickr and search for images that use the Creative Commons license.  Those images can be used for free as long as you link back to the photographer.

There are tons of other sites I’m grateful for. In particular, I’m grateful for the other bloggers who challenge and inspire me with their writing, but there are way to many to start listing.

What websites are you thankful for?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck and add him to your circles at Google+ as +Paul Steinbrueck.

11 Responses to “Thank God for These Websites #Gratituesday”

  1. What makes a website something to appreciate?
    For us it works both ways. We (at Eaden’s Garden) need to know what people want and people need to know what we have available. Which makes for a relationship that keeps growing. Many have come to us through the knowledge of our website and help support us by giving/sharing their books/items. And they do not stop there. They still send us
    emails just asking how we and the library are doing, every now and then. We will end by saying OCC websites make a lasting impression. Thank you, we appreciate you, OCC.

  2. I praise God that I am among the living this day. I am grateful for so many things in my life that make this journey that I am on easier. I have an abudant amount of gratitude for blogspot.com. I am a writer and a praiser and it is through this blog that I can freely express my love for the Lord and share my thoughts as I grow closer to Him.
    visit with me at http://arizonaclay.bogspot.com

  3. God has blessed me beyond anything that I deserve. I’m going to go the personal route this week. I am so thankful for the blessing of a wonderful family: Godly parents that have set a great example for me; An beautiful, loving wife to share this joyful journey of life; Three awesome kids that make this journey crazy and fun (not to mention some wonderful in-laws)!!

  4. You can’t avoid mentioning Wikipedia here, sorry.

  5. I just want to thank God for facebook,and all others. I bless God for wisdom to make people of like mind to connect. May God be praised for ever.

  6. I want to thank God for the chain of blessings He been pouring into my life, since the day I committed my life in Jesus 10 years ago. It is amazing and how wonderful He is and His faithfullness is something can never measure.

    I also want to share the following website for those who are suffering from some form of addictions in life and yet you are living in darkness being ashamed of it. Do visit today it is God’s leading and you probably might want to share with other friends and family members who might need it do it God bless – http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com

  7. Paul, I'd love to chime in on sites I'm grateful for.

    I'd be seconding your nominations for Google, Twitter, Facebook and YouVersion. But as an arts director I have to add Planning Center to the mix. It is my brain outside of my brain! And, totally unrelated, I've recently become a fan of ESPN360.

  8. Thanks Deana. It's great to have the originator of the #Gratituesday hashtag chiming in. Good sites!

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