Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thank God in everything...

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 provision
-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)

(Super Baby!)

(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

gratefully yours,


  1. I always enjoy seeing photos of your grandkids. Makes me excited for the birth of my first in about 6 months. I love how dedicated you are to share your gratitude. Always blesses my heart.

  2. Your "forgetfulness" story reminds me of the old Amy Grant song - Angels.....God only knows the times my life was threatened just today
    A reckless car ran out of gas before it ran my way
    Near misses all around me, accidents unknown
    Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home
    God, I know they're all around me all day and through the night
    When the enemy is closing in I know sometimes they fight
    To keep my feet from falling I'll never turn away
    If you're asking what's protecting me then you're gonna hear me say

    [Chorus 2x]

    Angels watching over me
    Angels watching over me
    Angels watching over me
    Angels watching over me
    Though I never see with human eyes the hands that lead me home...

    ♥ all the photos of your precious family....

  3. My dear father used to say 'God orders our steps as well as our stops!' I've seen it happen so many times I'm totally convinced he was right. Loved reading of your adventures on your way to church. I sounds like what I do too often these days - constantly going back for one more thing I forgot!

  4. I wonder just how many bad things we've avoided because of the Lord's perfect timing?! It's a wonder to me that I ever doubt His providence.

    And loved the photos! Every single one was just adorable!!


  5. I often wonder about those kinds of delays too. How many accidents has the Lord spared me from! Yes, be thankful in all things.

    So many wonderful pictures here too. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

  6. I like what Adrienne father said, God orders our steps as well as our stops. Great truth.

  7. I think this counting is going to be one of my blog posts each week. I have missed it thoroughly this year, the counting and the capturing. I always love your counting posts.


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