I locked the front door, got in the car and started it, when I realized that I had left my Bible in the house.
I had to run back in the house and get it.
Again, I locked the front door, got in the car and started it, when I realized I had left my journal.
I ran back into the house to get it.
I locked the door, got in the car and started it, and got a block from the house.
Stopping at the stop sign, I happened to glance in the rear view mirror
and noticed I had forgotten to put in my earrings.
You guessed it, I went around the block, ran back into my house, put in my earrings and left, finally, for church.
I let my husband, who goes to the church early, know I was running late and was about to tell him I needed to be tested for memory loss, when I pulled up toward the entrance onto the freeway.
Two police cars with lights on were dealing with a very recent car accident.
It appeared that it had happened just moments before.
Who knows just where I might have been when the accident happened
if I hadn't been delayed by my "forgetfulness"?
I very possibly could have been right in the middle of it.
You don't always see the reason to give thanks for everything,
most of the time you have to give thanks by faith.
But every once in a while God gives you a peek into the reason to trust Him, to thank Him,
even for something frustrating like running late.
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)
-a really good visit with my dear friend, ( my friend that I've known the longest)
-God's gentle correction and reminder to me through His Word
-yet another confirmation from God's Word
-paying the bills and seeing how, once again, God always takes care of us
-making popcorn cake with our two youngest granddaughters
-giving two sticky girlies a bubble bath and putting on their clean jammies
-the way our youngest grandson's hands look like Papa's
-old friends and new friends
-an evening run
-our sweet granddaughter's adorable kindergarten school picture
-the hubs watching our youngest grandson at the church office for my daughter since I had an appointment,
and getting about a dozen funny texts from him about their "adventures"
-having soup and sandwich at Panera with the hubs before our church's prayer night
-getting texts with photos of the grandkids in their costumes
(Reformation Day costume-Miguel Pro, a Mexican martyr)
(Reformation Day costume-Pharoah's daughter)
(Wonder Woman and Doctor)
-a yummy date day lunch with my hubby
(I tried something different-a warm asparagus salad topped with a sunnyside egg)
-a relaxing evening at home together
-the first day of November and the weather is suddenly ten degrees cooler
-our oldest grandson coming over to watch the Huskie's game with Papa-(they won!)
-my oldest granddaughter hanging out with me while the boys watch the game
-a cozy, comfort meal for dinner of homemade split pea soup
-bundling up for an evening walk/run and realizing that tomorrow it will be dark by this time
-setting the clocks back an hour and getting an extra hour of sleep
-frustrating delays leaving for church,
but realizing the delays may have prevented me from being in a car accident
-God's presence and strength
-a lunch to celebrate our nephew's birthday