Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal...

My husband and I spent last week at our youngest daughter's in-laws little cabin on the Umpqua River. It was a wonderful time of rest and refreshing and recuperation. I didn't blog while we were gone, so this week I have two weeks of gratitude journal entries to post.

One change I've been making as I count my blessings and write them down in my journal, is to include the words Thank You, God. I never want to forget that this isn't just about counting my blessings, but about giving thanks to the One Who is the source of my blessings!  With that said, here's two weeks of gratitude!
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)

Thank You, Father God, for...
-youngest daughter and the two youngest grands coming by for breakfast
-a walk with my youngest grandson
-an afternoon at the park with the two middle granddaughters and my youngest daughter and youngest grands
-meeting up with our oldest and youngest daughters and their families for Hawaiian grill

-sipping coffee in bed and reading Ephesians in The Message Bible
-summer-like weather
-vases of viburnum in my kitchen
-a really good prayer time with our small group

-Eugene Peterson's commentary in The Message Study Bible
-God's help when I cry out to Him and trust Him
-my sweet friend got a good report from the surgeon-BENIGN!
-another good medical report about a loved one

-texting with our oldest granddaughter about her sweet sixteen birthday plans
-picking up my little buddy from pre-school and surprising him with a Frostie and fries
-a good prayer time

-coffee, oatmeal, and feasting on the book of Galatians
-another beautiful, warm summer-like day
-freshly mowed grass

-our middle grandson's fifth birthday!
-time with our grandkids before next week's vacation
-writing a blog post that reminded me of God's faithfulness to me through the years

-sweet written words and gifts from my family for Mother's Day
-chocolate covered strawberries for all of the ladies at church made by two of those sweet ladies
-remembering a God given dream that came to pass more abundantly than I could ask or think
-a safe trip to the cabin

-sitting on the deck overlooking the river with coffee and God's Word
-1 Peter
-Thank You, Father, for a wonderful, long walk on the beach while praying and casting all of my cares on you
-seeing a whale spouting!

-rainy weather that gave way to sun so I could have another beach walk!
-fun photos of the grands who are at Disneyland this week
-my husband seeing an eagle swoop down and catch a fish in the river, then sit in a tree and eat it
-$18 off on the best, most comfortable, casual pair of Levi's

-a drive to the beach town where we lived when our youngest was born
-beautiful Sunset Bay, Cape Arago, and a walk on Bastendorf Beach

-cooking a yummy dinner for my guy back at the cabin-steak with sautéed mushrooms and onions, baked potato, roasted carrots, and spinach-he even ate the veggies!

-a wonderful day together
-warm berry cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream
-a long walk on Heceta Beach
-watching a favorite movie together before bed

-God Who bears my burdens and carries my load
-seashells lined up on the cabin windowsill
-my daughter's in-law's generosity in letting us use the cabin

-morning coffee made by my guy
-our home
-talking to my big sister

-our middle daughter's birthday!
-powerful presence of God in worship
-God speaking to our church
-a clear word from God to my heart

still following,


  1. I always love your gratitude posts and your photos but I really love your photos of the beach. I'm looking forward to beach time again one of these days.

    1. Soon, my friend! Believing for a full and speedy recovery for you.


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