Sunday, June 29, 2014

Noticing the gifts and thanking the Giver...

It's not just about counting my blessings, like some sort of positive thinking.
It's noticing the gifts and thanking the Giver.
It's seeing Him and His character revealed in the blessings, in the beauty.
He is the giver of all good things because He is goodness Himself.
And so I notice, count and record His gifts and thank Him,
and fall a bit more in love with the Giver.

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)


-homemade muffins and fresh cantaloupe
-a thrifted cup and saucer

-devotions by the river

-oldest granddaughter and oldest grandson skipping rocks in the river-
them deciding to get wet, clothes and all

-holding my youngest grandson
-eating a healthy dinner
-going on an evening run
-the hubs and I watching our favorite show together

-my son-in-law's birthday
-watching the grandkids while my son-in-law and daughter went out
-making my son-in-law his birthday request-rhubarb crisp
-a new topical Bible
-walking at the fitness trail with my hubs
-cold, sweet, juicy watermelon

-time to write
-a productive day
-making vacation plans

-just sitting and holding my grandson for over an hour, and him bright eyed and awake
-a phone call from my brother
-prayer and worship with our church family
-staying up late and watching a movie with the hubs

-a sweet "date day" with the hubs
-a bargain on some new tees to replace my old ones

-getting everything on today's to-do list done
-juicy local raspberries for jam making

-texting with my girls 
-a helpful hubby

-our church
-a fun bbq/potluck after morning worship
-heading out of town for a getaway with my hubs

gratefully yours,


  1. Lovely list as always Elizabeth,
    and you are so right, it is about seeing and enjoying the gifts and mostly being
    thrilled about the Giver of those gifts...........cause He is so good to us....all the time.
    Blessings, Nellie

  2. All so lovely...thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing your list. I hope you have a blessed getaway. Looking forward to seeing your list next week.


  4. So much to be thankful for. Have a sweet time with your hubby at your get-away.

  5. 'noticing the gifts, thanking the Giver.' Indeed that is it.

  6. Always love your gratitude lists! Hope you'll share with us how to make raspberry jam--or maybe you already did an I missed it. :/

  7. Yes, yes, friend. Exactly this. Falling more in love with the Gift Giver, and you help lead others there, too. Thank you. xoxo

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