My family LOVES football. After church today we went to my second born daughter's house for lunch and to watch the Seattle Seahawks play Green Bay . The game was going so bad for Seattle that it looked like it was hopeless. My husband, whose life motto is, "If you don't quit, you win" decided to leave and go back to his office at the church. My ten year old grandson stomped into his bedroom, upset that the Seahawks were not playing very well and were about to lose the game. I went on home to our house and called my youngest daughter to ask her a question. " I can't talk right now", she said, "there's only 14 seconds left in the game and it's tied!" Immediately, I hung up and turned on the t.v. just in time to see Seattle score in overtime. My husband watched it on his iPad in his office. My grandson had come out of his room to see Seattle's come back, and promptly burst into happy tears when they made the winning touchdown. His mama used it to remind him that "it's not over 'til its over" and that "if you don't quit, you win". I'm thanking God, not that the Seahawks won, but for the good reminder for us all.
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 green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-God's provision for another unexpected expense
-we have everything we need
-my Good Shepherd, (John 10)
-an evening with our two youngest granddaughters
-sunrise from the plane
-a safe trip to Kansas City
-a delicious long nap after only 3 1/2 hours sleep due to an early flight
-a call from our daughter and praying about a concern she shared
-the blessing of spending time in the prayer room
-our oldest granddaughter
-meeting our dear friends for dinner
-being able to sit, read the Word, journal, walk and pray in the prayer room
-the way God is showing me fresh things from passages I've read in His Word many times
-Chili's chips and salsa-my fav!
(sadly they don't have Chili's in Oregon any more, but I enjoyed some in Missouri!)
-beginning and ending the day in the prayer room
-Jesus' broken body and shed blood, for me
-buying my mother of the bride dress
-meeting our friends for coffee
-praying for the persecuted church around the world in the prayer room
-the rental car agency taking us right to the door of the airport instead of having us ride the shuttle
-sharing our row on the flight home with a young man from
Long Island who is looking to move his family to Portland
-a sea of clouds with the sun setting on the horizon
-our youngest daughter now living with us until her wedding in May
-a surprise from a blog friend
-my two oldest grands sitting next to me at church
-the Seahawks amazing win, and the reminder to not quit!