Monday, February 6, 2017

Grateful thanks...

At almost sixty years of age it feels as if I've awakened in a world that I no longer recognize.  When it is common to see calls for our president to be assassinated or asking for a military coup in our nation on social media and on television comedy shows, I am dumbfounded that anyone, no matter how much they stand against our current president, could write or say such things and it not be thought of as appalling and dangerous.  More than ever before I am clinging, not to our president or the political systems of this world for hope, but to God.  I am continually fighting to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and not on all of the vitriol, division and strife.  I am praying for our president and our nation's leaders and for our country.  I am fighting against the darkness with praise and thanksgiving to the One Who still reigns on the throne of heaven and Who always has and always will show Himself to be faithful, true, steadfast and reliable no matter how topsy turvy this world of ours is. 
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)

-praying with my friend and her giving me Isaiah 49 to lean on
-coffee with one of the young gals from church
-a spur of the moment decision to go see a late showing of Hidden Figures with my hubs
 (what a great movie based on real events!)

-beautiful walking weather!
-a heart talk with Jesus as I walked
-fervent prayer together with our small group

-it's February!
-my granddaughter having so much fun chasing our neighbor's runaway garbage cans
 as we went on a walk together on this windy day
-letting go and trusting God

-youngest granddaughter all dressed up for the grandparent's tea at her preschool

-singing Holy, Holy, Holy is our God at the service before the tea
-dinner with our two oldest grands
-praying with our church for breakthrough

-a relaxing Friday date day with my husband

-the amazing message from our Senate Chaplain at the national prayer breakfast
-encouragement from a FB friend
-long texts with our girls
-a refreshing walk even though I got rained on

-my hub's message on cooperating with God's good intentions for our lives
-it is well with my soul-trusting God in these turbulent times
-God speaking comfort in unusual ways

still following,


  1. Elizabeth, I so totally agree.. A very sad-sad time we are living in.. Our love from our Heavenly Father is our hope now. So thankful to know Him, and be able to trust Him.
    I started my blog to follow sewing and home stuff. I am really discouraged to open up blogs that I have followed to find the most horrible things being said about the President, and anyone who believes that Pro-life is right.
    Was so happy to read your blog and find God .. thank you.

    1. It is important for us to encourage each other in the Lord isn't it?

  2. nodding my head in sad agreement..
    and reigning myself in to *not* respond
    to particular individuals on social media.
    just isn't worth it.
    wanting to devote time to prayer and focusing
    on all that is true and of good repute. sigh.

    1. It's a daily challenge to not respond in anger and frustration!

  3. Your beautiful granddaughter is just adorable! How wonderful that you live so close to your grandchildren. It looks like you have had a very blessed week indeed! I agree 100 percent with you about the sad state of affairs our country is in. It is nothing short of shameful. But thanks be to God, it is He who is in control!

    1. I am so blessed to live close to all of my grandchildren and I continually thank God!

  4. You continue to inspire me on my journey.

  5. I don't watch television, but my Facebook feed has saddened me, when I see long-time friends "unfriending" one another because of politics. I personally think that things will get worse before they get better--but we know Who wins! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    (By the way, you have two typos I thought you might like to fix (very unusual for you!) "Psalm" in your Scripture reference, and "matter" in the last sentence of your opening paragraph.)

  6. I'm glad that I've never read of calls for assassination on my Facebook account... unfortunately, this isn't new in this country. Social media is so inflammatory in many situations, and it does good in others. This political climate is ugly.

    1. No matter who is in the White House this kind of talk is inexcusable!


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