Monday, April 24, 2017

Voicing my thankfulness...


I've been gratitude journaling since the fall of 2009.  I've found that the practice of writing down at least three things that I am thankful for each day, three blessings that I have noticed in that day, has been life changing.  It has completely altered my focus in life.  I KNOW that I live a blessed life because I have recorded God's faithfulness in the good times and hard times of the past eight years.  When I began, Ann Voskamp used to do a blog link-up every Monday where we would post our gratitude list from the previous week.  Once she discontinued that link-up I lost contact with other "gratitude gatherers" except for one.  I was wondering if there are other gratitude journalers out there who might also be missing the weekly connection with each other.  If that's you, I'd love for you to comment and let me know if, perhaps, you might be interested in participating in a link up.  I'm just thinking about this and testing the waters!
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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)

#9712-#9733

4-17-17-
-God's faithful provision
-my favorite songlist to play as I pray
-a 17th birthday party for a sweet girl

4-18-17-
-a sweet time snuggling my youngest grandson and telling him stories, which he loves!
-creative uses for leftovers
-our home group

4-19-17-
-our youngest daughter texting that our soon to be born grandson has the hiccups
-making homemade mac and cheese with my middle granddaughter (she's eight)
-"I love you" texts from my hubs

4-20-17-
-everyone pitching in to help with our youngest daughter's baby shower
-Mama's tried and true oatmeal cookie recipe
-praying friends

4-21-17-
-feeling better after days of headache
-my oldest sister coming to my house!
-a fun, relaxing visit with my sister

4-22-17-
-our youngest daughter's baby shower went so well!








-helping her put away the baby's clothes and hang the decor in his room
-a bbq at my secondborn's
-my grandson spending the night 

4-23-17-
-God blessing my hub's during his time at IHOPKC
-a day of REST!
-sharing prayer requests

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The God Who knows what you need...


Have your ever gone to another person with a need and been disappointed in their response?  Perhaps you went to your husband just needing to talk over something you were wrestling with, simply hoping for a listening ear, but instead he began to tell you how to fix the situation.  Maybe you went to a good friend for comfort and instead they began to tell you how much worse they had it than you. People let us down. Even those who love us wholeheartedly and would never deliberately hurt us or disappoint us can't always be there for us or respond perfectly to what we need in every situation. (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, April 23rd, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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Scripture and Snapshot


The Mom Gene

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Apple blossom time...

The gnarled, overgrown apple tree across the street is largely neglected.
It's never pruned and every autumn the unpicked, wormy apples fall to the ground to rot.
But, its blossoms are still a thing of beauty.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Holy Week Gratitude...


When we were newlyweds there was a simple chorus we used to sing in our church.

Thank You, Jesus!
Thank You, Jesus!
Thank You, Lord, for loving me.
Thank You, Jesus!
Thank You, Jesus!
Thank You, Lord, for loving me.

You went to Calvary, 
And there You died for me.
Thank You, Lord, for loving me.
You went to Calvary, 
And there You died for me.
Thank You, Lord, for loving me.

You rose up from the grave,
To me new life You gave.
Thank You, Lord for loving me.
You rose up from the grave,
To me new life You gave.
Thank You, Lord for loving me.

You're coming back again,
And then with You I'll reign. 
Thank, You Lord for loving me.
You're coming back again,
And then with You I'll reign. 
Thank, You Lord for loving me.

This Holy Week I've found myself recalling this simple song of gratitude and singing my thanksgiving.

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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)

#9683-#9711

4-10-17-
-walking and praying
-an encouraging lunch with friends
-G. coming over to cook with me
-our whole family together to celebrate our youngest daughter's birthday, which is tomorrow,
 and our oldest son-in-law's which was last week
-feeling my youngest grandson move

4-11-17-
-our youngest daughter's birthday!
-her happy texts about how her husband made her week so special
-dark purple lilac buds
-the revelation of God's throne in the Bible (Rev.4)
-the Holy Spirit helping me to pray

4-12-17-
-hope 
-swinging at the park with my grandgirlie
-my youngest granddaughter and her cute crazy attire
-a good report of how God is working in our youth group

4-13-17-
-a much needed quieter less busy day
-a powerful time of worship at church
-a fun time taking our two oldest grands to the late showing at the movies

4-14-17-
-Good Friday-thank You, Jesus for dying for me!
-a gift card for our Friday date day lunch
-apple blossoms

4-15-17-
-a sunny Easter weekend!
-G. helping me with all of the Easter baking
-a walk and prayer time as the sun was setting

4-16-17-
-Christ is risen!-an early morning text from our oldest daughter with these words
-a fun and well-attended Easter breakfast at church
-the "shift" for us that Christ's death and resurrection brought
-"get your hopes up!" song
-encouraging texts and posts about church today
-a wonderful Easter dinner with our whole family at our youngest daughter's in-laws


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Because He lives...


Because Jesus Christ lives, because God raised Him from the dead, we know that His sacrifice as the perfect, sinless Lamb of God was sufficient as the atonement for our debt of sin, as the redemption for our freedom, as the reconciliation in our relationship with our heavenly Father.
18 You must know (recognize) that you were redeemed (ransomed) from the useless (fruitless) way of living inherited by tradition from [your] forefathers, not with corruptible things [such as] silver and gold,19 But [you were purchased] with the precious blood of Christ (the Messiah), like that of a [sacrificial] lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:17-19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition  
Hallelujah! Our iniquities are forgiven, our diseases are healed, our life is redeemed from the pit. (see Psalm 103)
(Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, April 16th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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The Mom Gene

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter weekend...


If you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9




It is good to be back online after a week of internet issues!
They say the best camera is the one you have with you.
All of these photos were taken with my iPhone 7 on my walks around my neighborhood
 except for the last photo which was taken with my Nikon 7000.

Have a blessed Easter weekend!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

THIS is the day that the LORD has made...


I don't think I'm alone in too often living my life looking forward to some future day instead of choosing to rejoice in today.  I look forward to our weekly day off. I look forward to an upcoming family celebration. I look forward to celebrating the next holiday. I look forward to vacation. Recently I felt the Holy Spirit whisper into my heart about the fact that God made THIS day. Today, Monday,  April tenth was made by God. Because of that fact alone, I can rejoice and be glad in it. 
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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)

#9657-#9682

4-3-17-
-sunny day!
-thank you, God! Taxes done for another year.
-"I know that I can trust Him"

4-4-17-
-my new large print journaling Bible
-a good time of prayer
-a powerful time of intercession with our small group 
-tickets for my daughters and I to go to Maine for my 60th birthday!
-our oldest son-in-law's birthday today

4-5-17-
-Nana school with my grandgirlie
-comfort from Psalm 3 and 4
-a walk to the park together
-happy youngest grandson to see his cousin

4-6-17-
-God hears and answers our prayers
-walking and praying
-that yummy "tomorrow is our day off" feeling

4-7-17-
-a spring wind and rain storm making our day off plans a lot more low key and mellow than we planned
-our snug, warm home
-watching the movie, A Man called Ove, with subtitles and my hubs actually loving it

4-8-17-
-the sun coming out just as the helicopter arrived for Hope City's egg drop
-seeing all of my grandkids today
(no photos of the two oldest unfortunately!)




-the encouragement found in Psalm 5

4-9-17-
fantastic time of worship
-more new faces at church
-His body broken for me, His blood shed for me
-a job offer at just the right time for one of our friends

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