Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ghana bound!


Before dawn on Tuesday we’ll be heading to the airport and flying to Ghana, West Africa!

First on the list when I get there is hugging the necks of my daughter, two grandchildren and son-in-law.


By Thursday the Hubs and I will be preaching at a church conference through Easter weekend.

I’m getting more excited about going, now that all of the many preparations to go are about done.

My heart does feel torn, leaving our church family and my oldest daughter, son-in-law, 

and our two sweet granddaughters.

(Life was easier when all the grandbabies lived close to Nana!)

I know it’s only for two weeks, but a four month old does a lot of changing in two weeks! Smile


And our blonde, blue-eyed, three year old granddaughter says and does the darndest things every single day! 

A few days ago she told me, in a matter of fact tone of voice, that last Saturday, (she was very specific about the day), that when Mommy and Daddy were asleep in their room a bear had come into her room.

I asked her if it was a dream or if she was pretending, but she insisted that it really, really happened.

I could miss a lot of excitement in two weeks!


I’ll be counting my thanks from another continent next week.

And I’ll be counting on you to remember to pray for us while we’re gone!


I’ve taken the Joy Dare.

I’m counting one thousand thanks in one year.

I hunt for thanksgiving using the prompts Ann gives us each month.

If you are interested in joining in, click the link above or at the bottom of this post.

I continue to count my thanks

piling up gratitude day by day

in my little green journal…


3 gifts almost gone-

-the weeds in our front flowerbeds after a sunny enough afternoon to do some yard work

-the days until we leave for Ghana and get to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids

-the items on my to-do list before we leave

3 gifts redeemed-

-our weakness, as His strength covers

-my time, when I submit it to Him

-my mistakes, as His grace covers

3 gifts entwined-

-my heart forever with God’s

-my history with my siblings

-my future with my children and grandchildren

3 gifts of His promises-

-He is with me wherever I go

-He blesses my going out and coming in

-He guards and keeps all that I commit and entrust to Him

3 gifts uncovered-

-ranunculus-a flower I had never heard of before blogging, so lovely!



-the truth about my own heart-still so much to truly surrender and let go of

-a couple of sweet hours shared with the Hubs in an otherwise too busy day

a gift heard-

-my grandson calling me from Ghana to tell me he watched them butcher the chicken they were going to eat

a gift held-

-sweet youngest granddaughter


a gift hoped for-

-that the messages I’m sharing at the conference in Ghana will be used by God to touch and change lives


Gratefully yours,



  1. Your world is just about to EXPLODE with new experiences! As I write this, my heart lifts your requests to the Father. You will share a message in Ghana; but more importantly you will RECEIVE a message in Ghana, I believe.

    May grace and peace about in, around, and through you in the coming days.

  2. I enjoyed your list as I always do. My favorite category this week was the entwined one.

    You are a woman most blessed, Elizabeth, and you have the photos to prove it. May God go before you and with you, and mostly may He show Himself THROUGH you this holy week.

  3. Praying with you, dear friend, as you go. Your heart is about to expand and I wonder what God has planned for you. This is just the beginning!

  4. Praying for you and your family!!! A mighty touch from God, safety, and an experience that will forever change your life!! :) Because of Him, Sharon :)

  5. Prayers for you and your husband as you travel and visit Ghana. As you teach and encourage others may you also grow and be encouraged. Most importantly though, may others come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and may God be glorified by all you do!! :)

  6. Dearest Elizabeth,

    Just relax in Him--knowing what you give to us through your genuine and humble blogging, I know that God is going to work mightily in you and hubs--wish I was going with you!

    I am praying this scripture for you--that the Holy Spirit would go ahead of you, prepare hearts to hear the Words He has to say through you--

    "For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true."

    Sorry, I forgot the address to the above scripture--

    Much love,

  7. God have no idea how you've touched my life. Bless you.

  8. I will pray for blessings on this trip. :)

  9. Blessings on you and your family this Holy Week. Our prayers go with you to Ghana!

  10. Oh blessings as you travel and see and count all the blessings and gifts for the next 2 weeks...and is better when grandbabies are near. the picture of this little one is just too adorable. Grace and Peace as you travel.

  11. Excited to see the Lord use you in Ghana and looking forward to you telling us about it when you get home! If your sweet blonde grandchild lived where I do her story might have been a true one! :-) Blessings to you this holiest of weeks!

  12. Lord, bless this dear one and her family. How exciting!

  13. Excitement and promise written here. Praying, friend.

  14. Hi Elizabeth,
    My Prayers join with everyone praying for the success of your Ghana visit. Enjoy your family and God's Blessings to you all.
    Happy Easter
    Barb from Australia

  15. Hi Elizabeth,
    I was just visiting your blogsite and noticed "Ghana" as one of your posts. I visited there 2 yrs ago. My first mission trip ever, a dream I never thought would happen. God is so good. He opened doors unimagineable on the heels of a heartbreaking divorce. My Ghanaian friends are forever in my heart. Fortunately, they have come to visit the states to tell their stories of child slavery in hopes of child sponsorship to help end this horrific nightmare, so I have been able to reconnect with them. Unfortunately, child slavery is becoming too common worldwide. God help us all. Blessings to you and your family as you work for His Kingdom.



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