Monday, January 6, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

During Christmas and New Year's weeks we keep our church schedule clear of everything except Sunday services so everyone can have some down time with their families. Today, life gets back to "normal" and the January calendar is already filled up. Here we go, full speed ahead into a new year1

It's easier to face an unknown future when I've got numerous journals full of entries recording the ways that God has faithfully cared for us through all of life's ups and downs in the past. He has been faithful, He is faithful and He will be faithful in the future. I give Him thanks.

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)

-Psalm 91:14 "I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me."
-going to see the new "Little Women" movie with two of my daughters
-my husband facing a big unexpected financial need with calmness

-finding out that we are going to be having another grandson-an even 4 granddaughters and 4 grandsons!
-our son-in-law and nephew helping to get my car home to a car mechanic that we trust
-medicine for our sweet youngest granddaughter who has been so sick with stomach flu

-facing a new year by recalling the history of God's love and faithful care for us through the past and knowing He will continue to do so through the future
-beginning a new year with my guy
-new running shoes found on the clearance rack

-a "picnic" of to-go food in the car with my guy while out running errands
-doing a bit of sketching and realizing how much creativity ministers to my spirit
-staying up late together watching a Brit Box show we've gotten hooked on

-snow covered Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood
-a dozen creamy white roses from Trader Joes for only $6.99
-all of the remodeling debris in our garage finally hauled away to the dump!

-praise God for a correction on a disputed billing
-a morning spent writing
-a walk and heart talk with a friend
-blue hour out my kitchen window

-encouraging worship
-going out for Sunday lunch with friends
-eating still warm sugar free cook and serve chocolate pudding topped with walnuts

still following,


  1. I haven't visited lately, but today your blog was so refreshing. I must admit that I'm envious of the beautiful features of your home that you share. I have been unsuccessful with a gratitude journal, but I just learned that two acquaintances keep "gratitude texts" with each other...holding each other accountable. I don't know where they are with God, but I appreciate their gratitude accounting.

  2. I always love to read your gratitude list and see your gorgeous photos. You inspire me, dear friend, again and again. I'm praising God with you for answered prayer. And you've finally caught up with my grandkid count - eight. Four boys and four girls. They are such fun and watching them grow and mature is amazing!

  3. I just discovered your blog! God is leading me to blogs with content that magnifies His Name...and here you are. Love this!!


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