Monday, April 15, 2019

Monday Gratitude...

My husband and middle daughter and her husband just arrived in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa this morning. They will be there for a week visiting our dear friend, Bishop A. and participating in a big Easter conference with Bishop's networks of churches. I chose to stay home this trip so that I could take care of the three grandkids making it possible for both my daughter and her husband to go. I also wanted to be at our own church during Easter. I will miss waking up to the sounds, sights and smells of Kumasi, the worship and dancing at the church and the faces of those we've come to know and love. But, then I'd miss my oldest granddaughter's blow by blow accounts of a current movie she's watched or the latest happenings at her school, my oldest grandson's deepening man voice telling me about his current sporting events and the latest shoes he wants, and my almost five year old grandson's insistence that the only Bible story that he wants to read before bed, over and over and over again, is David and Goliath. Life is about choices isn't it? I'm content with my choice to stay home this week and so thankful to the God who continues to bless me abundantly above and beyond all that I could ask or think.
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)

-an early morning chat with my seven year old granddaughter
-a sun break on this rainy day so I could take the grands on a walk to the park,
(no school today so I'm helping to watch them)
-the grands gobbling up hot cross buns warm from the oven

-green living house plants in most every room
-the ability to stock up on good food to eat
-talking with friends

-God's help with an upcoming sermon
-waking up rested
-praying with a friend
-little white ramekins on sale for future lava cake making

-our youngest daughter's birthday
-the song of the red winged blackbird
-our granddaughter's new pink glasses
-a powerful night of prayer

-rivers swollen and swift with rain
-puffy, cotton candy cumulus clouds
-old fashioned blue bells
-lunch with youngest daughter and her family
-the blue hour sky

-dogwood blossoms
-errands and lunch with my guy before he leaves for Ghana tomorrow
-a break in the rain for a walk

-praying with my husband in the wee hours before he goes to the airport
-pink sunrise out my kitchen window
-a friend willing to help me with my dead car battery
-the grands staying here with me this week

still following,

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