Monday, January 4, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

Well, we said goodbye to twenty-twenty and hello to twenty twenty-one this past week. As I looked back on the past year, there were definitely a few very hard things about it, but even in those I can clearly see how God used even the hard things for good in our lives. Isn't it amazing that we are never too old to let God change us and challenge us and grow us and teach us if we are willing to let Him. There was also the gift of our eighth grandchild who was born in twenty twenty. What a blessing he is to all of us! And now we all face a brand new year full of unknowns. Yet, we can be assured that God is good no matter what lies ahead - and for that we should be grateful.

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)

-finding our lost mailbox key
-plans coming together as I pray and lean on God's guidance
-God's care for our needs and so very many of our wants

-learning new things as I study the book of Revelation

-a great time of processing what God is doing in our lives and church with ministry friends
-God's continual work in us

-a really fun day antiquing with my friend
(my "new" antique dough bowl!)
-our sweet oldest granddaughter getting us great deals with the discount she gets
 from the store she works at
-our almost twelve year old granddaughter finding her brand new coat 
that she misplaced over Christmas 

-God's faithfulness through this past year
-even the hard things have been worth is all to see what God is doing in us and our church
-thank you God for our youngest grandson that was born in 2020

-a brand new year!
-BUILD- my word for this year-(God dwells in a life built according to His plans)
-a wonderful annual holiday dinner with our church leaders

-a home to clean and care for
-a warm cozy fire in the fireplace on a gray, gloomy day
-a quiet evening to write

-a fantastic message to our church
-asking God for wisdom and direction, which He promises to give!
-beautiful weather for a Sunday afternoon walk

still following,

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