Have you ever been tempted to argue with God's Word?
Take this verse for instance, aren't you tempted to say, "seriously, God, in everything?"
If there's one thing I know, it's that God doesn't change His mind or His word just because
I feel it's too hard to do or I don't understand His reason behind what He is asking of me.
There comes a point where I have to chose to "trust and obey" even when I don't feel it.
And so, even when I'm weary, even when my heart is hurting, even when I don't feel like it,
I choose to give God thanks.
It's the least I can do for the One Who gave His all for me,
the One Who is always deserving of my gratitude and thanksgiving,
no matter what my circumstances may be.
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)
-beautiful cold autumn day with blue skies
-getting some deep cleaning of the kitchen and pantry done
-Handel's Messiah playing while I work
-God's healing touch when I woke up in the night not feeling well
-this beautiful, but windy, day
-my WWII daddy and all of our country's veterans
-an invitation for tea and lunch with a sweet friend from church
-a fun evening with my two youngest granddaughters
-protection from falling trees and a fallen power line near my daughter's house
-unexpectedly having to watch my youngest granddaughter, taking her with me to run errands,
and buying her a cute outfit for her upcoming third birthday
-our dear friend's safe arrival from Ghana
-a fun dinner out with our friend and my daughter and her family
-youngest grandson's turkey stocking hat
-uncharacteristic wintry weather for November in Portland, Oregon,
a crackling fire in the fireplace, homemade stew and cornbread for dinner
-the right color of sweater to wear with my dress for an upcoming wedding
-using the fact that we were "iced in" to catch up on some stuff at home
-a cozy, warm sweater
-many hands making the work lighter for a wedding tomorrow at the church
-everything going smoothly for the rehearsal and dinner
-a beautiful wedding
-oldest granddaughter asking to spend the night with us
-worship that ministered deeply to my heart
-roses leftover from the wedding
-warm pajamas on this cold day
-a cup of hot chai tea