There's a vast difference between wolfing down your food and savoring each delicious bite.
This writing down my gratitude,
counting my blessings,
it's like savoring life.
I'm not just consuming my days,
I'm savoring my moments.
And in the writing them down,
reading over them again,
typing them here,
I'm remembering the sweet taste of each one.
And, I'm thanking the One who gave me this life to live for His glory all over again.
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)
-running in spite of the heat
-getting my housework done in spite of the heat
-coconut chicken for dinner at our oldest daughter's house...YUMMM!
-laying down beside youngest granddaughter until she fell asleep
-a really good devotional time today
-a happy meeting with a happy conclusion
-a fun afternoon watching the grandkids enjoy swimming in their new pool
-making jam with oldest granddaughter
-going to a fun pre-fourth of July party
-a safe drive to the Kirkland/Bellevue area for a fun holiday getaway
-lunch and devotions by the lake
-a relaxing evening
-watching the fireworks from our hotel room balcony
-getting to have our weekly "Friday Date Day" at our favorite place
-running next to the lake
-a great dinner together at Maggiano's...so good!
-a great night's sleep-feeling rested and refreshed
-me having fun at the Kirkland French Flea Market
while my hubs has fun at the University of Washington bookstore
-eating our Teriyaki Madness lunch by the lake
(to me, the teriyaki standard by which all others should be judged)
-a cloudless day-seeing the Olympic mountains in the distance
-a safe drive home
-our home - sleeping in our own bed
-wonderful worship to our wonderful, most worthy God
-a Sunday afternoon nap
-going shopping for a dress with youngest daughter
-going to see Despicable Me 2 with our whole family