In preparing for a speaking engagement this week, my topic being based on James 1:2-4 and counting it joy when we face trials, I realized what a powerful weapon my gratitude journaling has been when I face tough times. Since the fall of 2009, I have been counting some of my blessings everyday and writing them down. Sometimes they are small ordinary things, "no traffic on my drive into the city for an appointment this morning", and sometimes they are huge things that God has done or revealed to me, "God really is my more than enough". Either way, this record of God's faithfulness in my daily life, through good times, really hard times, and all of the ordinary in between times, fortifies my confidence in the truth that no matter what, He is always with me and will never forsake me and always takes care of me.
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)
-windows open, fresh air and morning sun
-my new apron that my friend made me!
-driving the kids to church camp
-headache free! Hallelujah!(after having a bad bout with migraines)
-a fun day with my three youngest grandkids
-dinner at our oldest daughter's and getting to see the house they are buying
-a morning of writing
-the hub's raving about what a good dinner I made
-a beautiful evening walk
-Queen Anne's lace lining the street
-no traffic on my drive into the city for an appointment
-a wonderful visit with a mentoring friend
-picking up the kiddos from camp and hearing what God did in their lives
-a wonderful day off together
-this beautiful weather
-dinner out by the river
-a phone call from my youngest granddaughter
-the flu!-the two oldest grands came over to help Papa while I laid in bed all day
-sympathy texts from my oldest girl who had the same flu
-rest and sleep
-feeling well enough to go to church
-God is enough
-Jehovah Rapha-my healer
-the body of Christ