When we observe our sin twisted world we can get fearful about the future.
But when we observe and really see with eyes of revelation,
God's presence, activity and faithfulness in our daily lives,
we develop a knowing,
based on the truth of His Word and the revelation we've seen of His character,
that no matter what shakes down in this world,
God is still on His throne
and He will have His way in the end.
There really is coming a day when the kingdoms of this world
will become the kingdoms of Our God and of His Christ.
In the meanwhile,
"be strong and let your heart take courage all you who wait for the Lord." (Psalm 31:24)
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)
-a quiet day to get some important work done for an upcoming conference and our daughter's wedding
-my husband being encouraged at a pastor's conference he's attending
-a spiritual daughter calling for help
-our youngest grandson
-some quiet time for devotions and a little rest between taking care of our grandson in the morning and our two youngest granddaughters in the evening
-time in God's Word
-this beautiful day
-getting a lot of little wedding things done
-meeting the one who called on Monday, for breakfast today
-joyful worship at our Thursday night prayer time
-the beautiful full moon as we left the church
(photo taken and sent to me by a friend from church)
-making breakfast burritos for my husband and daughter
-Friday date day lunch at PF Chang's
-a new candle and a new teeny tiny scoop for salt
-watching an old Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers movie, one we've not seen before
-homemade veggie soup
-more wedding crafting
-the meditative relaxation of still life photography and editing
-my sweet sister-in-law spending the night
-my friend from out of town and her husband and daughter being at church today
-hands lifted for prayer and people gathering round to pray for one another
-giving myself permission to not work on my to-do list,
but instead to take a Sunday afternoon nap and do some Bible journaling