Monday, March 1, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

I can't even begin to describe to you the tumultuous two weeks we've had. It began with a huge snowstorm in our area, which was freezing rain just south of us where two of our daughter's live. The damage to the area caused by the heavy ice looks like a tornado went through. The power company is still working on some areas to restore electricity. 
Then, just days later we had the traumatic surprise of a phone call about a huge mistake made by the the title company, the mortgage company and our county property tax division over five years ago when buying our home-a mistake that literally could have cost us our house. God mercifully helped us to stop that disaster. Then I went on a pre-scheduled trip with our oldest granddaughter and so, that is why I am just now posting two weeks of my gratitude journal. Today I want to just pause and thank God for His WITHNESS-for being with us in every moment of our life through all of it's highs and lows. That, above all, is what I am most thankful for today!
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)

-reading books before bed with my grandkids
-making cinnamon rolls with Cyrus

-our kid's power being restored 
-facetime with our granddaughter who is in Hawaii on her 12th birthday
-dinner and heart talks with my guy

-my first walk outside since the "big snow"
-a long talk with a good friend 
-our friend's help with a car problem

-stumbling upon a real American girl doll at the Goodwill for under $5= one happy granddaughter!

-spending time with my grandsons

-walking to the park 
-a vase of pussy willows from Trader Joe's

-God's prevention what could have been a big disaster with our home
-my sister's wisdom and advice
-prayer support and encouragement from our church leaders

-my husband's love 
-God's help and provision
-unexpected help from a county bureaucrat

-Psalm 37 from the Message Bible
-daffodils in bloom in my front flowerbeds

-listening to worship as I clean house

-such powerful worship
-our church's love and support for us
-a safe trip to Kansas City with my oldest granddaughter
-a fun free upgrade on our rental car

-God speaking to me about the Hebrew word "yada"-intimately knowing Who He is, His ways, what He is doing (Psalm 25:4, 14, 46:10, 16:11, Isaiah 43:19)
-my husband's texts that He misses me
-this week with my oldest granddaughter before she graduates and moves away

-breakfast with all the kids from our church who now attend IHOPU

-a sweet visit with a dear friend

-a good heart talk with my granddaughter

-an answer to prayer
-God speaking to me through His word
-singing aloud with my granddaughter as we are driving in the car

-getting to spend time in the prayer room
-God WITH me!
-our granddaughter getting to spend time with her good friend

-finding our misplaced rental car keys
-the airlines holding our connecting flight for us when out arriving flight was delayed
-being home!

-my husband's birthday
-our family coming over to celebrate together
-baths for two grubby grandsons

-God's work in us
-such a beautiful, powerful morning in our church
-lunch and a good visit with friends

still following,


  1. What a couple of weeks, Elizabeth! I understand those storm issues! We were right there with you! What an upgrade, too! That's a cool ride! Are you going to write about Yada? Because I'd like to hear more about that! BTW - where did you find the white tipped matches? I've been looking for some to go in jars! Shalom, friend! What beautiful blessings you found!

    1. I'll have to think about writing about that. The white tipped matches can often be found at TJMaxx, Marshalls or Homegoods.

  2. You sure were on a roller coaster of a ride for two weeks. But God - He brought you through! And I love your daffodils - as daffodils always make me smile!

    1. Praise God, He has brought us through and will continue to be with us through the end!


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