Sunday, November 16, 2014

In everything?

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

still following,


  1. I always love your grateful posts! Rainy cool morning in GA.... xoxo

    1. Thank you, Julie. I appreciate your encouragement.

  2. Your gratitude list inspires me. I'm so glad He said 'IN' all things give thanks. It's something that is possible - even in the roughest situations there is something for which to be grateful.

  3. i realize now with greater clarity, that thanking Him for any circumstance is an act of trust, of faith, of a willingness to allow Him in as Lord of my life. i recently read **the darkness He allows in our life is still a gift no matter how packaged.**

    1. "I know that I can trust Him" is a line from a song we sing at church, and it runs through my mind over and over often.

  4. The word says 'In', not 'FOR' everything. I think that's the difference.... yes?

  5. I'm still in my warm jammies on this cold day, too! You know, I also struggle with being thankful in everything. Because not everything is enjoyable or comfortable or easy. These thoughts were on my mind as I wrote my post for next week. Thanksgiving was a good time to once again reflect on what true gratitude really means.

    And, what I can truly be thankful for is that through everything, the good and the bad, I am never alone!


    1. God's promised presence, the fact that He will never, never, never leave us or forsake us, is something to thank God for no matter what is going on around us.

  6. Your posts are always ministering to me. Thank you for the reminder & encouragement that we need to give praise & thanks to our Heavenly Father in everything! I didn't use to understand when I would run into some Christians out & about, and when answering "how are you?", they would say blessed. Now I am the one saying it all the time to others. There is something about saying the word that gives it a whole new perspective for me. Blessed in all things always! Just like you & your blog…blessed :-)

    1. Krista, I too have gotten into a habit of confessing that my life is blessed, and the truth is, it really is!

  7. That cute boy is getting so big! Love the turkey hat. I want to join you for chai tea. Make mine a latte. ;) Beautiful list of a blessed life.


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