Sunday, March 1, 2015

Building a bridge of trust with planks of thanks...

I do believe Ann has it right.
Gratitude is the building material of which trust is built.
Over five years of counting God's blessings in my life and my testimony is that it has been a life-changing practice.
I see clearly now His very evident hand in my everyday life.
I see His daily faithfulness and trustworthiness.
And I am so very grateful.

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)


-going to pick up youngest granddaughter from her little friend's house 
and finding them both in a foot deep hole that they dug in the flowerbed
-giving her a bubble bath and buying her a clean clearance sale outfit to wear til Mama gets home
-Papa watching "Ratatouille" with her so I could go on my run
-a piggy back ride on Papa's shoulders
-taking her home and having dinner there at our oldest daughter's house

-helping in my granddaughter's kindergarten class and her so happy when I do
-this beautiful day
-the hub's going to Costco for me and bringing home the fixings for my favorite quick and easy meal 
(roasted chicken, goat cheese, baguette, grapes)

-getting a handle on filing and discarding an over full email inbox
-hot coffee and crispy toast smeared with goat cheese and raspberry jam for breakfast
-my daughter's wedding dress is finished!

-my friend's double hip replacement surgery was a success
-a great evening at our church's prayer and worship night

-my hub's birthday
-a good "date day" with him
-a fun birthday dinner out with our whole family, two nephews, one niece-in-law, a great niece and great nephew, and our Truelife Espanol pastor and his wife and baby girl

-another beautiful spring like day
-watching youngest grandson for the afternoon
-taking him on a nice long walk in his stroller

-it's March!
-wonderful worship, word and presence of God at church today
-lunch by the river
-the Columbia River full of sailboats
-Mt. Hood in the distance
-flowers from my friend at church

gratefully yours,


  1. Your list always makes me smile and remember why we do this counting thing. Hugs.

  2. Oh, this makes me smile, seeing your granddaughter all clean but imagining her and her friend in a hole they dug. ha. Yay for your daughter's wedding dress being finished! The flowers are so lovely.

    So many things in life to be grateful for if we'll stop and count. Thanks for being a faithful counter. It helps me count too.

    1. She was quite indignant that I wanted to clean her up. She said she liked being dirty!

  3. This line: "Gratitude is the building material of which trust is built."

    I've got to contemplate that one, Elizabeth. It's profound, and so true. I need to stop and realize how much God blesses me, each and every day. And then, I need to remember how to be grateful for it all.


    1. Sharon, it's been so life changing for me! My focus has been transformed.

  4. One of your lists that I love! And what a beautiful quote from Ann V!

    1. I thought that quote was a great one as well!


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