Monday, August 12, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal

I often think of life like a tapestry. God sees the complete vision of the tapestry of our life. We only catch glimpses of the tapestry in retrospect. For example, looking back we see how He wove that relationship into our life at just the right time or we see how He was working for our good in that time of testing and trial though we couldn't make sense of what He was up to when we were in the middle of it. Right now, someone deeply woven into the tapestry of our lives and our church is moving back to their home country. It's painful to let them go. But, God is weaving something beautiful in us and in them. We can't see what His plan and design is, but we have a lifetime of experiencing His faithfulness to look back on and we know that He will continue to be faithful as we move forward. Meanwhile, we continue to give Him the thanks He deserves. He is so very, very good to us.
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-
-the satisfaction of finally doing a chore I'm not fond of-weeding!
-the generosity of our daughter's in-laws in letting us schedule a getaway at their cabin
-a good talk with my middle daughter
-seeing God at work when we trust and pray

-a fresh haircut
-another chance to trust God in a hard situation
-a beautiful summer walk
-stopping by to see the grands for a few minutes on the way home from running errands

-a free bag of sweet, golden yellow plums
-a huge wild bunny hanging out in our backyard
-cooler temps - it feels like fall is on the way!

-having a little going away gathering for G. who's heading back to college
-love and encouragement and prayers from our church 
as we adjust to news of a beloved staff member moving away
-funny grandkid photos and videos via text

-God's provision for our needs and as well as for way more of our wants then we deserve
-a post birthday tea party with friends
-a good movie that made me laugh and cry

-a foggy, drizzly morning that makes me feel like I live at the beach instead of 80 miles inland
-youngest daughter and the two youngest grands coming over
-taking the youngest grands for a nice long walk in their double stroller
-stopping by the park to play on the swings

-the truth that saying goodbye to someone we love who is moving away
 is just temporary because the family of God is eternal
-God at work in His church, even as we say goodbye to a beloved staff member, 
God is working in His people to help cover their responsibilities 
-a 50th birthday celebration for a sweet friend

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  1. such a beautiful testament to God's
    love and grace in your life..
    in all our lives. ♥

  2. God is good and He shows it even in times that are hard and hurt. I'm so thankful His mercies are renewed every morning. Love seeing how God is blessing you and working in your life and through it, dear friend.

    P.S. - After a very long time away, I started blogging again a few days ago. Two posts have gone up and more are in the works. You always inspire me.


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