Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Weekly Gratitude Journal

Posting my weekly gratitude journal is a habit that I picked up in 2009 when Ann Voskamp used to encourage us to keep a gratitude journal and she had a blog link-up party every  Monday for us to post the previous week's gratitude list. She no longer hosts that link up and has gone on to become a well known author of several books and is a gifted speaker as well.  Her first book, One Thousand Gifts, was based on this practice of writing down at least three daily blessings. Though I'm a day late this week in getting this posted, I continue to do so each week as a testimony to others and a reminder to myself that in all of the highs and lows of life, in the best of times and the worst of times, God is always present and always extravagant in His love and gifts to us. We just have to have our eyes open to notice them!
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)

-my husband taking care of me by doing things like filling up my car with gas
-my husband finding his lost debit card
-dinner with family before watching our youngest granddaughter's soccer game

-God given friendships
-God working in mysterious ways when we pray and trust Him
-the row of trees all ablaze with color that I see from my kitchen window

-God's provision and guidance
-some time with my little buddy, (five year old grandson)
-a good walk on this beautiful autumn afternoon 

-waking up headache free after two days of migraine
-golden leaves fluttering down from the trees as I walk around the trail in our neighborhood park
-Canadian geese in V formation flying south

-a beautiful autumn Friday date day and a daytrip to the beach!
-lunch with a view of haystack rock
-a bit of drizzle that gave way to clear blue skies
-finding a long searched for set of gold colored candlesticks for my Christmas mantel
for a great price at a store on the coast

-Handel's Messiah playing while do my Saturday chores
-being a part of Forward Edge's annual dinner and child sponsorship program
-seeing a friend we haven't seen in year's at the Forward Edge banquet

-my husband's Sunday morning texts to me-"Time to get up! I love you!"
-all of the Truelife Church people, (the church we pastor),  
who volunteered to help with childcare for Hope City's Vision Night,
 (the church our son-in-law and oldest daughter pastor)
-a powerful Vision Night full of God's presence and testimonies of changed lives

still following, 

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