Monday, August 3, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

The past two weeks were jam-packed with fun and adventure! I also celebrated my 63rd birthday, which I can't wrap my mind around. I don't feel old. I don't feel like a senior citizen. But, the truth is, I am! One advantage to growing old is being able to look back at life and to track God's faithfulness in the best and the worst of times. I can clearly see how what the enemy meant for evil against me, God has always worked out for my good. I can see how God has made all things work together for good in my life. I have seen God's goodness in the land of the living, in the days full of fun and adventure, in the middle of the mundane moments and in the days full of difficulty. God is good and I am blessed. Of that I am sure.

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)

-a reduction in our car insurance this month!
-a good friend to talk to
-talking and praying with one of the young mamas from church

-my husband carefully planning all of the details of my trip to the Grand Canyon
-a fun day at the river with the grandkids

-my guy saying to me, "You are the best thing that ever happened to me"

-watching our youngest grandson, grandkid number eight!, for a few hours
-a fingernail moon in a blue hour sky
-God at work in a situation I've been praying about 

-a morning with my guy before I leave on my trip tomorrow
-our church family's support for a grieving member
-rehearsing God's faithfulness

-my guy getting up at 2:30AM with me to make me coffee and take me to the airport
-a safe trip in spite of a delay on my layover
-surprising my grandkids

-black eyed susan growing by the highway
-praise God that my daughter's thumb that got smashed in the tailgate of the truck wasn't broken or severed!
-so much fun playing with the grandkids
-a delicious steak dinner made by my daughter

-a spotted wild horse running next to the train ride to the south rim of the Grand Canyon
-the AWEmazing Grand Canyon

-a good report from home about church

-seeing the Grand Canyon's changes in color as the sun sets and as it rises
-showing my youngest grandson a hummingbird sipping from a bright pink flower
-a California condor flying right over our heads
-a thundershower in the canyon
-making fun memories with my grand babies

-a good cup of coffee after a few days of not so great hotel coffee 
-texts and calls from my guy
-my Navajo bracelet
-rocking my youngest granddaughter to sleep
-God's goodness to me in the land of the living

-this amazing time away
-all of the walking we've done
-the hot/dry Arizona weather
-a little afternoon nap

-quiet time devotions before heading home
-phone navigation for this directionally challenged girl
-being housed in a nice hotel after a long delay that made me miss my connecting flight in Phoenix

-listening to worship and prayer on the flight home
-lunch at our favorite spot after my guy picked me up at the airport 
-a nice evening home together

-puttering around the house

-a miracle that the mechanic found nothing wrong with the kid's truck when the check engine light came on still a long way from home
-flowers from my guy

-sweet birthday texts, messages, etc. from my family, siblings and friends
-God's love and care and faithfulness to me these 63 years
-a fun family birthday dinner at my daughter's 

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