Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter gratitude...

How can I not be overflowing with gratitude on Easter Sunday?
I just read on someone's Facebook post, 
"God's love language is Jesus", 
with a photo of Jesus on the cross from the movie "The Passion of the Christ".
What a price God was willing to pay for my redemption!
And the fact that Jesus rose again and that He, God in human flesh, is ruling on the throne of the universe, and will one day return to rule on the throne of David and make all things wrong in this world right again, 
well it just doesn't get better than that!
A million thank yous would never be enough to show my gratitude,
but I can at least try.
And so, I keep counting...


Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)


-lilacs blooming

-beautiful spring weather
-a yummy dinner at my middle daughter's house
-watching my grandson play baseball

-the "blood moon"
-the team from our church's safe arrival in Kumasi, Ghana

-a phone call from Ghana from my husband 
-an Easter banner from a blog friend

-facetiming with my husband
-our two youngest granddaughters coming over for the evening
-snuggling with them on my bed and reading my favorite Robert McCloskey books to them

-my Bible study groups
-praying together
-dinner with one of our elder's wives

-Good Friday-thank You for the cross!
-spending the afternoon with a friend
-good news-hearing about answers to prayer, healing, job's provided, things going well with team in Ghana

-getting the two youngest granddaughter's ready and taking them to "Code Orange Egg Drop"
(their mama and daddy pastor Hope City that puts on the egg drop so they were working at it)

-seeing volunteers from Truelife Church helping at Hope City's egg drop
-texts and photos from Ghana

(working on the orphanage)

-the Truelife Church worship team,  children's ministry volunteers, elders, and our speaker for today doing an excellent job even though pastor and several of our people are in Ghana
-someone we haven't seen in years showing up at church
-flowers from my friend
-lunch with all my girls and grandkids at my oldest daughter's house
-a really great report from Ghana about the Easter service

gratefully yours,

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  1. Yes. How can we not be thankful every minute of every day when He sacrificed so much for us? Love the list, Elizabeth.

  2. He is risen! He is risen indeed! I am so humbled by what Jesus did for me. I am thankful & blessed by what He does daily in my life! I am thankful for being able to read blogs like yours that share His amazing love with others! :-)

  3. I love reading your list! Thought about you this morning as I added a few more to mine. Thanks for all you do. XOXO

    1. Julie, isn't keeping a gratitude list life changing?

  4. Your grandkids are so grown up! How lovely, and what a great week of blessings!

    1. Ginger, they are all browning up way too fast! So glad we are getting a new grandson in June so we will have a baby around again!

  5. Beautiful pictures! I'm in Awe of our wonderful amazing JESUS! Yes indeed He has risen & alive. Blessings!

    1. Carol, thank you so much for always encouraging me to keep giving thanks!

  6. Beautiful pictures! I'm in Awe of our wonderful amazing JESUS! Yes indeed He has risen & alive. Blessings!

  7. HI Elizabeth,
    A great gratitude list as always, love reading it...........
    You are so right there is not enough gratitude to ever repay what Jesus has done
    for us..............but we sure can and can't help but think it makes his heart happy when we do..........

    Belated Happy Easter to you and yours,
    He has Risen...............Halleleujah!

    Blessings, Nellie

    1. Thank you, Nellie. I hope your Easter was blessed!

  8. Elizabeth,

    Nice to meet you. I'm hopping over from Ann's link up. You have lilacs! I can't wait until MN's coax out too. Tell me more about Ghana? I used to live in West Africa.

    Counting gifts with you, and I appreciated the fb quote you said about Jesus being God;s love language. Wow,
    Jennifer Dougan

    1. Hi Jennifer! We have a Ghanaian pastor friend that has started a network of a couple dozen churches. My daughter and son-in-law lived in Ghana for a while helping him, and now they live here and help our church do projects in Ghana. Last year we built a well and irrigation system for a farm and this year we are building an orphanage. What country were you in?

  9. Just beautiful the way you count gifts...and such a gift to stop by from Ann's! xo

    1. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, Jacque.

  10. So lovely! Your pictures are beautiful and recognizing God's gifts in all we encounter each day is true gratitude. Thanks for stopping by my place this week!

  11. I love the quote about Jesus being Gods love language! So true... He is so tangible to me. I was overwhelmed and humbled this Easter by Gods goodness. I loved reading this blog post with all the family pictures. :)
    You're a blessing Elizabeth!


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