Monday, March 23, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

Months ago, my siblings and I made plans to have a small reunion at the beach, just us and and our spouses. We planned it for a time when my missionary brother and his wife could be with us, since we haven't been with them in quite some time. We proceeded with our plans in spite of the coronavirus scare but while we were together the social distancing guidelines shrunk in numbers and expanded in amount of space we should maintain with others. It was a bit too late for us, since we were already in a beach house with each other. We decided to enjoy ourselves while we could and then to self-quarantine as much as possible for the recommended fourteen days when we got home in case we unknowingly had exposed one another. You know how the Bible talks about a day being like a thousand years? We aren't very many days in and it already seems like we've been isolated forever-and I'm a homebody! I feel a lot of sympathy for all of you extroverts! Going on walks outside has helped me to cope, as has this habit of taking note of all there is to give God thanks for. There's always something!
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)

-coffee in bed in our hotel room right on the beach
-a walk by the sea
-a time of prayer/intercession with my siblings
-facetiming our oldest brother who couldn't come

-finding a piece of seaglass on my walk, (I've never found seaglass on our coast before!)
-another lovely walk by the sea
-a time of intercession for our descendants with my siblings

-a really good walk and talk by the sea with my youngest brother 
-another amazing sunset
-standing on the deck of the beach house looking at the stars with my brother and sister 

-this time that I had with my siblings
-coming home
-having plenty of food
-the first day of spring!

-this beautiful weather
-1 Peter
-being able to go on walks outdoors 

-taking a drive and walking around Lake Sacajawea together on this beautiful day

-listening to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on our drive
-facetiming with our grands when we can't be with them due to "social distancing"
-my husband getting to "meet" with his pastor's group via Zoom

-online church going well
-getting to see our middle daughter and her family, 
(by staying outdoors and sitting in lawn chairs over six feet away from each other!) 
-the hubs and I getting all of the front yard flowerbeds weeded (still have the backyard to do!)

still following,

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