October is zooming by.
November starts next weekend, (and we will "fall back" an hour).
The holidays are approaching at lightning speed.
I don't have any idea why time seems to go faster the older I get, but it does!
In November i usually challenge my facebook friends to post something as their facebook status that they are thankful for each day of the month, in honor of Thanksgiving.
It's better, though, if thanksgiving becomes our lifestyle.
In fact, it's life changing!
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)
-the last of last year's canned peaches with granola and yogurt
-this unbelievable run of gorgeous weather
-homemade split pea soup for dinner
-pumpkins and mums
-an evening Starbucks run, just because
-running around our local fitness trail
-making a walnut garland
-a nice evening home together
-our two youngest grand babies over
-an autumn walk with them
-the way our Thursday night prayer and worship always blesses me
-great slow morning on our Friday date day
-God provision to save money from our budget to get a good head start on Christmas shopping
and His blessing to find lots of good deals
-a yummy date day dinner
-my first cup of hot chocolate this season
-the peace of starting the day with coffee and devotions
-rearranging, cleaning and purging around the house
-being given some of my mom-in-law's tea cups
-early morning texts from the Hubs, (who goes to the church very early on Sundays),
saying he loves me and asking me if I'm up yet,
(I think he has a secret fear of me just not showing up someday because I get these texts every Sunday!)
-singing these words, "I know that I can trust You...I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the Maker of Heaven"