The Bible says that whatever we sow, we reap.
It seems to me that when I sow gratitude and thanks giving, blessings abound,
and when I sow murmuring, griping and complaining, troubles abound.
Maybe giving thanks doesn't produce more blessings,
maybe it just causes me to see the blessings already around me.
Maybe murmuring, griping and complaining just makes me too blind to see my blessings.
All I know is, gratitude certainly makes life better, makes it sweeter,
whereas a life of grumbling and complaining is a miserable existence.
I choose gratitude.
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)
-a healthy heartbeat
-dinner for the two of us at home on a quiet evening
-two sacks full of fruit and veggies for under $8 at the produce market
-our youngest coming over for dinner during her break at work
-the Hubs and I taking the two oldest grands to try out a new pizza place
-The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp arriving in my mail
-the blessing that our (in)courager group (in)life after fifty has been
-a sweet facebook message from an old friend
-babysitting the two youngest grands this morning
-lunch with a friend from church who's recuperating from a recent surgery
-a special blog post written by my daughter, (that will be posted on my blog this week)
-lunch with oldest daughter, our son-in-law and our two youngest grands
-the Hubs and I watching a favorite movie together
-a new 2014 planner/calendar
-roses from the Hubs
-creative ideas as the holidays draw near
-a safe trip for the Hubs and youngest daughter to Seattle and back for the game
-praying with people at the altar
-lunch with "our age" group, (I don't like to call us the seniors group!), after church