Monday, November 2, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

We took a drive through the country on the way home from doing some early Christmas shopping on our Friday date day. Out the car window I took a photo of a red barn that we drove by. I wanted to hold onto the simple beauty of that moment. Then the scripture from Philippians 4:8 came to my mind,  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Developing the habit of daily thanksgiving, of keeping a gratitude journal, is one way to meditate on the noble, just, pure, lovely, good things in life. In our world that has gotten increasingly mean, ugly and negative, choosing an attitude of gratitude is more important than ever before. For the month of November, I'm posting something that I am thankful for every day on Facebook and Instagram. I'd love it if you'd do the same. Let's flood social media, that can be so divisive, into a platform to give God 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)

Thank you, God, for...

-a good night's sleep
-coffee in bed brought to me by my husband and having a slow morning 
with my Bibles and journal before beginning a busy day
-a really good time of food, fellowship, conversation and prayer with our church leadership

-You are good and do good
-this beautiful autumn day
-getting to see all my Portland area grandkids today
-a relaxing evening after a full day yesterday and a late night with too little sleep

-God's wisdom and help when I ask Him 
-getting to VOTE today
-a phone call with my oldest sister

-God's provision 
-a rental car while our car is getting fixed after being hit by a hit and run driver
-my husband's care for me when I had a bad migraine

-a beautiful autumn afternoon
-a fun date day doing some early Christmas shopping

-Colossians 1:18-20 MSG
-another beautiful autumn afternoon
-our two toddler grandkids trick or treating at our house
-seeing the grands in their costumes some in person and some via texted photos

-setting the clock BACK 
-a sweet young couple that I've missed were back at church today
-the way my husband loves and cares for me

still following,


  1. now more than ever before, i'm seeking to offer gratitude. i sense it is paramount to one's soul health. thankful for Jesus. oh so thankful.


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