Monday, March 12, 2018

It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord...

I was wondering today if perhaps there are people out there who read my blog and just assume that I post these weekly gratitude lists because I'm just an upbeat, half glass full type person.  Yes, I'm an optimist, but I too battle days when it would be easier to grumble than to be grateful.  I think that's, unfortunately, a common human condition.  (God showed us that clearly in the book of Exodus-no matter how many miracles God did for them, those people were constantly complaining!) The reason I keep a gratitude journal and post my list here each week is twofold.  First of all, the daily discipline of keeping a gratitude journal is my way to fight that human tendency to grumble and complain.  I want to be a person who's first response is gratitude, not grumbling.  That only happens by making gratitude a habit.  Secondly, I want to publicly give thanks for God's blessings in my life.  He deserves my public praise.
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)

-three year old grandson so excited and sweet to give me a "flower"
-bittersweet-the grandkids back home after four days with us-the house is quiet and clean again
-God's provision-He is always faithful!

-my morning quiet time
-a day of rest after coughing much of the night
-youngest grandson's sweet smile, funny giggles, and chubby baby thighs

-pink sunrise
-"You're my favorite grown-up, Nana!" 
(my three year old's grandson's respond when I tell him he's my favorite three year old)
-lunch and antiquing with a friend
-a new coffee cup

-all of today's to-do list done!
-a walk between rain showers
-branches full of buds that the neighbor pruned off their tree

-a beautiful day for a drive to Kirkland
-our favorite teriyaki eaten by the lake
-a fun Friday date day off and getting out of town

-a slow lazy morning while my husband is at a conference
-God bringing new relationships into our lives
-enjoying a bit of pampering
-the sunset on the drive home
-the branches on our table all in bloom when we got home

-wonderful worship and presence of God
-God is at work in us!
-another sunny, warm day
-more getting rid of excess-so freeing!

still following,


  1. I love the flower your grandson gave you. I had many of them over the years - gifts from the hearts of my kids. Love the blossoms on your table and the new white bowl beside them! So many blessings!

  2. God blesses your obedience, Elizabeth. I know many, including me, are encouraged and blessed by your weekly posts!


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