Monday, March 18, 2019

Monday Gratitude Journaling...


Mondays are full days, the mornings spent getting back into routine after the weekend and getting focused and organized for the coming week, the afternoons helping our oldest daughter by picking up our two youngest granddaughters from school and watching them until she gets home from work. Actually getting my weekly gratitude post published on Monday makes me feel on top of the game! And here it is!
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#11,843-#11,869

3-11-19-
-holding sweet youngest granddaughter and singing until she fell asleep
-a beautiful sunny day for a walk with youngest grandson
-taking the two middle granddaughters for Wendy's fries and frosties after school

3-12-19-
-"I love, Papa"-youngest grandson (21 months)
-God's work in us, our family, our church
-our daughter's wisdom, insight and encouragement

3-13-19-
-middle grandson in his "The Man" sweatshirt coming by to see me on his way to preschool
-a mid-week lunch with my guy
-purple and white crocuses 

3-14-19-
-the reassurance of Psalm 31
-getting some spring cleaning done
-God's continual work in us in the area of forgiveness and unity

3-15-19-
-an "a bit of this and a bit of that" cookie I made that turned out so good!
-a wonderful date day that was sunny enough to enjoy lunch outside by the river
-these longer sunny days
-the oldest grands' school concert

3-16-19-
-the sound of frogs 
-praying together with some friends
-repentance
-taco salad with homemade guacamole for dinner-so yummy
-our beautiful oldest granddaughter all dressed up for a school event
-our middle daughter and oldest grandson safely home after a Mt. St. Helen's climb

3-17-19-
-a very healing moment for our church during communion
-lunch with friends
-God at work in us
-this beautiful, sunny day

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Creator's love seen in the beauty of creation...



God’s splendor is a tale that is told;

his testament is written in the stars.
Space itself speaks his story every day
through the marvels of the heavens.
His truth is on tour in the starry vault of the sky,
showing his skill in creation’s craftsmanship.
Each day gushes out its message to the next,
night with night whispering its knowledge to all.
Without a sound, without a word, without a voice being heard,
Yet all the world can see its story.
Everywhere its gospel is clearly read so all may know.
Psalm 19:1-4 The Passion Translation

I normally share a scripture and then some of my own thoughts in this space each week. This week I wanted to share some quotes relating to the scriptures found in Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1-4, both shared above. I have two books by author Dana Candler that I would highly recommend. Deep Unto Deep and Entirety In the quotes below, taken from Dana Candler's book, Entirety, she writes of how God speaks to us through the beauty of His creation if we only have eyes and ears to perceive it.   (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, March 17th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Gratitude journal...


I cannot get myself together with blogging lately! Once again, life happened and I didn't get Monday's gratitude post done on Monday. I had a full day of things to do away from home and thought I would get a post published in the evening, but instead I ate dinner, took a hot bath, and went to bed early. The time change has me all discombobulated with my sleep schedule! Again, better late than never!
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#11,819-#11,842

3-4-19-
-the Holy Spirit connecting Matthew 22 and Galatians 5 to me
-answer to prayer
-our small group praying for one of our members

3-5-19- 
-a really good prayer time in the prayer room this morning
-His body bruised for my iniquities
-dinner with G. and I.

3-6-19-
-one last morning in the prayer room before heading home
-a safe flight home
-Lent begins-"draw me nearer, nearer Blessed Lord, to the cross where You have died"

3-7-19-
-quiet time in my favorite spot at home 
-friendship
-seeing the two youngest grands after being gone a week

3-8-19-
-Friday morning date day coffee in bed
-a sweet Friday date day 
-my husband helping me with the grocery shopping-we were out of everything!
-a friend helping me care for another of our friends post surgery

3-9-18-
-a sunny day
-phoning a friend
-hot peppermint tea 

3-10-19-
-our associate pastor's great message today
-lunch with our kids
-a sunny Sunday afternoon drive

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Your Glorious Hero...


This morning I woke up with a nagging worry/fear on my mind. A simple comment about something someone read that makes some people more prone to a certain horrific disease started it. I don't consider myself a person who struggles a lot with worry and fear, but, of course, the enemy knows what to do to trigger the areas where fear and worry hide within.   (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, March 10th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Monday Gratitude...


(sitting in the car with our middle grandson waiting to pick up his cousins, 
our two middle granddaughters, from school)

We are in the mid-west until Wednesday, so I'm just hopping on-line quickly to publish my weekly gratitude post. Happy Monday everyone and remember to count your blessings!

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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#11,792-#11,818

2-25-19-
-the way my grandson runs out of his class and gives me huge hugs and says, 
"Nana!" when I pick him up from pre-school
-what a funny boy!-"Nana, I'm going to get you a butter knife for your birthday!"
-dixie cups of my favorite candy for an after school snack with the grands
-holding our sweet baby B.
-youngest grandson and ten year old granddaughter both sitting on my lap looking at photos on my phone
-our whole family together for an early birthday dinner for my husband
-God's provision for some car repairs

2-26-19-
-frosty cold mornings and our warm, cozy house
-tea, conversation and prayer with a friend
-hearing my favorite birdsong for the first time since winter began

2-27-19-
-my husband's birthday
-huge, fluffy snowflakes 
-a birthday dinner with friends

2-28-19-
-my nephew who gives us rides to the airport
-Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier all visible from the plane
-safe travels
-a four wheel drive Jeep with heated seats for our travels in the cold, snowy midwest
-staying overnight and visiting with our long time friends

3-1-19-
-huge, red-tailed hawks and black hawks all along the way on our car trip to Bentonville
-our sweet relationship with our goddaughter and godson
-a cozy afternoon nap in the hotel before the rehearsal dinner

3-2-19-
-my more than enough God
-a beautful wedding
-so much laughter with friends

3-3-19-
-breakfast with our friends before driving back to Kansas City
-safe travels and clear roads inspite of overnight snow
-texted photo of our youngest granddaughter's first smiles

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Blot out my transgressions, Wash me from my iniquity...


Sometimes I get so frustrated with myself and the "sins that so easily ensnares me" as the King James version Bible puts it.  I'm walking through life and doing pretty well, and then that familiar sin struggle with criticalness and faultfinding trips me up. I hate it. I want freedom from it. Praise God, that He has made a way for me to be free.


Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV

 (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, March 3rd, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Belated Gratitude Post-


I try to publish my weekly gratitude post every Monday, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. Tomorrow is my husband's birthday and Monday was the only evening that worked for us to have his family birthday dinner. It's always a blessing to us when we get to have our whole family together, (though one son-in-law had to be out of town this time), and we don't take this blessing of having our children and grandchildren living in our area for granted. I cannot look at the fifteen of us together, hear the noise of the grandkids playing together, and not feel so very thankful for God's blessings.  With that said, here's last week's gratitude list - better late than never!
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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#11,768-#11,791

2-18-19-
-a day to have some peace and quiet
-a walk and prayer time with my friend
-our daughters' wisdom

2-19-19-
-all of the helpful Bible study tools right at hand on my phone
-trusting God on the messy journey that walking in unity requires
-our small group

-a phone call with my big sister

2-20-19-
-waking up to birdsong-spring is nearer!
-a visit to see our sweet youngest grands

-taking youngest grandson on his favorite-a nice long walk!

2-21-19-
-God's help and wisdom when we ask Him
-tiny gray and black chickadee 
-this sunny, blue sky day
-"knowing you, Jesus, knowing you, there is no greater thing"
-good news about a friend's ultrasound

2-22-19-
-good news on a friend's medical test
-Friday date day with my guy
-two youngest grandson's playing at the park together

2-23-19-
-painting
-Tiffani Kilgore's book, Misfit Table
-reading bits aloud to my husband and both of getting tears

2-14-19-
-God is at work!
-miraculous provision for a young couple in our church
-family group texts with grandkid photos

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