Sunday, January 27, 2013

Praising Him anyway...

I've spent the better part of the past two days snuggled under the Hub's grandma's wool quilt,
sneezing, blowing my nose, wiping my watery eyes and coughing.
I had to miss church.
I was determined to go no matter how I felt, 
but I realized that spreading whatever bug I have to others wouldn't be right.
I just hate to miss!
Regardless, I have much to be thankful for, even when I'm in bed with the flu...

In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)

-morning coffee with a homemade granola bar
-a new fine point pen
-a beautiful new day
-leaning on His everlasting arms
-knowing He is trustworthy

-Matt Redman's 10,000 Reasons playing on repeat
-a morning with just the Hub and I home for a bit
-sunlight steaming in the dining room window
-His Name is great and His Heart is kind
-the whole armor of God
-lunch and antiquing with a friend

-heat at the flip of a switch
-homemade stew
-an abundance of food available at the grocery store and in our pantry
-watching our two youngest granddaughters for a couple of hours-telling stories and reading books with them

-when the enemy creeps into my thoughts with fear and anxiety in the middle of the night, talking to God and turning to Him in trust
-glad to see a couple of people at prayer who haven't been able to be at church for quite some time

-white hyacinth in bloom
-great date day with the Hubs
-God's provision
-finding a salad plate to complete my 8 place setting of transfer ware
-a rainy morning turning into a sunny afternoon
-Airborne, hot lemonade and all of the assorted things that help me to feel better

-only grandson up early, excited to work on his puzzle
-oldest granddaughter bringing me things I need while I'm sick in bed

-good reports on how worship went at church this morning
-finally napping after barely sleeping last night
-medicine to help with the congestion so I can finally breathe though my nose
-messages from people at church saying they missed me and are praying for me
-flowers from a friend at church to cheer me up

Gratefully yours,


  1. So sorry you're sick. Love that you're counting your blessings in the midst of it. Feel better soon.

  2. Hope you're feeling better soon, Elizabeth. I've been battling a head cold this weekend. So much going around.
    Mary Alice

  3. Hey you ... Lovin' your thankful, beautiful heart and your tea cup ... and may I raise a quick toast to your health? Praying now ....

  4. Take care of yourself, my friend. Snuggle under that gorgeous quilt and rest! The quilt reminds me of a wool quilt my sweetheart's mother made for us when we were first married. Somewhere along the way it disappeared! Now I'm thinking I should make one to replace it. Need to do some thrifting for wool skirts and shirts - that's what she did.


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