Sunday, May 19, 2013

Simple thanks...

I'm feeling a bit empty of words,
yet full of gratitude.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to just keep it simple.
Thank You, God.
Thank You for your overwhelming blessings in my life.
Thank You, for giving me above and beyond what I could ever earn or deserve.
Above all, thank You for Your love that never fails, never gives up.
I am so, so thankful.

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)


-our church's children's workers
-yellow roses

-curry made by a friend...yummy!
-God's provision

-beginning Nehemiah with She Reads Truth

-sun, the sound of a lawnmower, birds chirping, a dog barking
-fluffy, light pink roses and bright pink peonies as big as cabbages

-taking baby granddaughter with me on errands

-a drizzle-y day, cozy inside with candle glowing

-the Hubs saying how much he like dinner tonight, (fish tacos)

-yellow roses and the little yellow ceramic dog painted by only grandson

-pink roses in white pitcher

-our appliance repair guy giving us a good deal on the dryer repair
-really, really good time of prayer and worship at church tonight

-peach clafouti

-a great Friday date day
-the Hubs and youngest daughter going to the new Star Trek movie together

-silly four year old granddaughter asking me if things look "blurby" when I don't have my glasses on
-Saturday's to-dos done!
-a friend making me a new apron and trying to teach me to knit

-middle daughter's birthday
-great worship and presence of God at church today
-great word preached by our Truelife Espanol pastor

gratefully yours,


  1. I'm reading Nehemiah via She Reads Truth, also!!

  2. I'm just finishing a study of Nehemiah. I loved it so much! I could study it again, and I guarantee there will be a whole new and different trove of treasure.

    And my favorite thing on your entire list is the BLURBY party. I'm grinning about that.

  3. The roses as big as cabbage. You had me there. And the photograph: -pink roses in white pitcher.... too lovely. Thanks for hooking me up with Nehemiah and She Speaks Truth! AND. I printed your photography gear page. Some of those lens are on my wish list. {{hug}}

  4. simple is good!

    such lovely photos. enjoyed reading your list.

  5. Simple thanks can be the best. And things do look blurby to me when I don't have my glasses. I do so enjoy your blog.

  6. Elizabeth, the way you notice and delight in your family -- children, grandchildren -- truly ministers to me. Thank you for seeing the beauty and giving thanks for this one precious life. You bless. You are blessing.


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