Monday, September 16, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal

Though it's still summer for one more week on the calendar, where we live the weather is in full fall rainy mode. All of the autumn activities have resumed-school for the grandkids and their various sports activities. For us, we are in a busy rebuilding mode at our church, freshening up our physical building, yes, but more importantly, letting God rebuild us and each area of ministry in our church. I recently told someone that, "Lord, change me!", (and then surrendering and yielding to Him when He actually starts dealing with us), is the most powerful prayer we can pray. We're never too old to let God change us and He graciously never gives up on His desire to make us more like Jesus. This goes for individuals and for churches. It's a beautiful thing to see what God does when we let Him have His way. I'm so very grateful for what He is doing in our lives, our loved ones and our church.
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)

-our middle grandson's first day of kindergarten
-the smell of roast, potatoes and carrots slow cooking in the oven
-another evening of crazy thunder/lightening storms

-trying a new recipe for homemade tomato basil soup - everyone loved it!
-a break in the rain when I went on my walk
-oldest granddaughter and middle grandson coming by to share
 some tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches with us

-remembering God's covering over us on that 9/11 eighteen years ago
 as we were flying home from the east coast and were grounded in Chicago
-a sweet visit with B and baby E
-God at work in our youth group

-a walk with my youngest grandson
-what looked like an ending being, instead, a new beginning
-people stepping up and volunteering to help in various area in our church
 as we are walking though this season of change

-Friday date day with my guy
-fall sweaters
-a new book to read

-praying with others and encouraging one another
-dinner at Chipotle with D
-a phone chat with G

-a cozy, rainy Sunday
-seeing God at work during this time of rebuilding our church
-the dear ones from our Spanish speaking service
-a fun visit at lunch with my sister and bro-in-law who are in town

still following,

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