Monday, December 21, 2020

Weekly Gratitude Journal

It's been a great week! I am so encouraged in the Lord as I am seeing Him work even in the middle of the messiness of this year. I believe that God does His best work in the messy middle of our worst times.

As always, I'm as excited as a little kid for Christmas. I still get butterflies anticipating the big day. It's only four "sleeps" away! I've been busy baking - a batch of cranberry cinnamon bread dough is rising in the warmth of my kitchen even as I'm typing out this post.

Oh, did you notice I passed the 14,000th blessing in my gratitude journal this week! There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!

I pray that all of you experience the presence and peace of Christ as you celebrate His birth! Merriest of Christmases to all of you!
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)

-God's provision
-God's peace
-a picnic to eat in the car and a walk around Lake Sacajawea until the Christmas lights came on

-prayers on my walk
-baking while listening to a Instrumental Christmas Hymns playlist
-paperwhites in bloom on my kitchen windowsill

-Isaiah 41
-finishing my walk just before a huge downpour
-spending time with my grandson making his baby brother a Build-A-Bear for Christmas

-our middle daughter and son-in-law's 20th anniversary
-God's peace and joy even in these topsy turvy times
-youngest grandson's first sleepover at our house while mama  and daddy celebrate their anniversary

-a fun date day holiday outing
-a cozy winter's nap
-Christmas cards all done!

-someone dear to us is turning 40 today!
-our church family
-God at work in teaching us to be flexible

-our annual church Christmas breakfast
-such good teaching
-God's amazing faithfulness

still following,



  1. Always enjoy your gratitude journal. I do a thankful post for the last almost 12 yrs. and it has totally revolutionized my life for the better. Hope you and yours have a Wonderful Christmas, as it sounds like you are already off to a great start.
    Blessings for a Great New Year in spite of all the

  2. Congrats on reaching 14,000 in your gratitude journal. I gave my seventeen-year-old granddaughter a gratitude journal as part of her Christmas. She's had a lot of struggles in her young life. I shared how a gratitude journal helps me during tough times and in times of joy. I told her about your gratitude journal and how many you have and encouraged her that it wouldn't take her long to reach one thousand if she does it daily. It touched her heart and I was blessed with the biggest hug she's given me in years and an 'I love you so much, Grandma!' You bet that was in my gratitude journal that evening!


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