Sometimes what you need, what you want, what you desire, can't be wrapped up and put under a tree.
Sometimes you need something no human can give you.
Sometimes you need some
Way more effective than asking Santa for something under your Christmas tree
is asking your Father God for the things your soul needs.
Today, I asked, and before the morning was over, He answered in a very real way.
The kind of gifts that don't wear out or break.
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)
-two little granddaughters who ended up in my bed
-her long blonde braid with a white satin ribbon tied on the end
-two year old granddaughter going to the grocery store with me and speaking a running commentary the whole time, "oranges!", "cereal!"
-all three of us napping
-homemade split pea soup with toasted croutons on top
-my new cup
-driving by the house with the best lights in our neighborhood
-a great run on this cold day
-yummy leftover soup
-an ultrasound photo of our grand baby
-meeting a blog friend for coffee
-no cancer in my brother in law's lymph nodes!
-my nail tech for the past 8 years, giving her a Christmas present and her giving me a hug in return
-praying for a healthy grandbaby and safe pregnancy and delivery at prayer tonight
-Friday date day!
-the Hubs helping me with Christmas shopping for my sons-in-law
-the two oldest grandkid's school concert
-going out for Dairy Queen peppermint blizzards afterwards
-baking cranberry cinnamon bread
-watching White Christmas
-Joy to the World!
-my soul magnifies the Lord
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