As I sit here and type, the weather outside is as gray and gloomy as the political atmosphere in our nation. It's all too easy to let that gloominess seep into my attitude. Yet, it was only a few days ago that we had a gorgeous sunny autumn day. We took our youngest grandson to the park and enjoyed a couple of hours of watching him play on the playground equipment and throw rocks into the river. Why is it so easy to let the gloomy days rob us of the memory of God's blessings? Journaling the blessings helps me not to forget the blessings of those sunny days, and also helps me to see that God is still blessing me even in the middle of the gloomy ones. He's still the same unchangeable good, good Father that He has always been and always will be, no matter the weather.
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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-the comfort of God's Word in these times
-a foggy morning-(a text from our daughter that our youngest grandson keeps calling the fog "smoke" and saying, "Fire! Fire!")
-a sunny afternoon
-refinishing the old dresser that my oldest daughter gave me
-new books in the mail
-a writing deadline met with God's help
-God's faithful provision
-a great evening with our small group
-a beautiful sunrise
-this beautiful autumn day before the predicted heavy rains tomorrow
-spending time with our youngest grandson at the park
-raindrops on roses
-walking in spite of the storm
-a good turnout for worship and prayer at the church in spite of the bad weather
-Friday date day!
-Olive Garden soup and salad
-a sturdy new roof on our house before we moved in-something I don't take for granted in this rain!
-God is in control
-asking for prayer, and feeling the peace when people start praying
-the Forward Edge banquet
-seeing our youngest daughter, son-in-law and his parents at the banquet
-sitting by and visiting with my oldest daughter's in-laws at the banquet
-a beautiful time of worship
-a powerful message about the Holy Spirit
-an encouraging lunch and visit with our long time friends
-a friend running an errand with me
-a quiet Sunday evening at home with my husband