Monday, October 22, 2018


There's a Bible verse in Matthew chapter twelve verse twenty that says "a battered reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not extinguish". When you're bruised and battered by life and feel like the light within you is barely burning, God sees, knows, cares, and brings help. That help can come from a scripture that God gives you to cling to, His presence that sustains and comforts you as you pray, the encouragement found in gathering together in a body of believers, and life giving relationships. 
This week I am especially thankful for the latter-for the way my flame is rekindled 
  • by the love, laughter and joy found in time with my grandchildren
  • by texts and talks with my daughters
  •  when a friend calls with a Bible verse that I feast on all week long
  • when our small group gathers in our home
  •  when I tell a friend, "I'm feeling lonely. Want to come over?" and she comes
  • by good heart talks with my husband 
  • by gathering with our church leaders and feasting on food and fellowship, and laughing and crying and praying together
Thank you, God!

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)

-God's provision
-an answer to prayer with an unexpected blessing
-a sweet visit with the grands and my oldest daughter

-a good report on our youngest daughter's prenatal visit
-a walk with youngest grandson
-a sweet time of worship and prayer with our small group

-another answer to prayer!
-Psalm 84
-dinner with our two oldest grands and middle grandson

-praise God for an all clear on my medical test
-a friend sharing a scripture passage with me and praying with me
-homemade chicken noodle soup for my sick husband

-the richness of digging into word meanings in scripture
-cozy new pjs for winter
-a beautiful sunset

-God's presence, love, mercy, grace
-remembering God's faithfulness

-honest communication
-God's care for us in the details
-an amazing time of prayer with our leadership team

still following,


  1. Thank you for sharing the quote and bringing the reminder of God's tender care for each of us. Blessings!

  2. As always, I love your gratitude lists.



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