Sunday, May 9, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

We were at the little cabin on the Umpqua River last week for a time of rest and refreshing. It was wonderful. There is no wi-fi there so I'm posting two week's of thanksgiving from my daily gratitude journal.

I wanted to mention that this habit of gratitude journaling that I have practiced for almost eleven years was prompted when I began reading Ann Voskamp's blog, long before she actually wrote the book One Thousand Gifts. This past week Ann's father was killed in a farm accident, in much the same way her baby sister was when Ann was a little girl. Please keep Ann and her family in your prayers.


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...
-Your presence with me always-You never leave me or forsake me.
-texts and FaceTime calls with my far away kids and grandkids
-a really good, encouraging leadership meeting

-antiquing with Christiana
-great reports from our growth groups
-frogs chirping outside our bedroom window

-You are perfect in all of Your ways and Your acts
-this beautiful spring we are having
-a sweet time in the Lord with my growth group

-my daughter's wonderful in-laws
-pink geraniums 
-this New Covenant that Jesus provided for us

-a safe trip to the cabin with my Visionary Leadership Team

-flowering quince growing beside the cabin

-sharing and praying together

-waking up with this view of the river and sipping hot coffee while surrounded by my books and Bibles
-a beautiful day for a walk on the beach together 

-laughter and tears
-sharing the burden for the women of our church

-a sweet time of worship and prayer together before my VLT headed home
-my husband safely arriving at the cabin for some time of rest and refreshing together
-a video of our three year old grandson singing 80's tunes

-God's faithful and amazing provision 
-the best night's sleep I've had in months!
-a beautiful day for a beach walk

-encouraging texts about what God is speaking to our church
-another good report from one of our growth groups 

-this time of rest and refreshing together
-God's protection from almost having a car accident
-the best backpack for all of my Bibles and such for Mother's Day from my guy

-a beautiful walk on the beach while listening to worship music 

-my husband loving me well and God loving me perfectly
-sharing a dish of the yummiest no sugar added strawberry cheesecake ice cream
-heart talks with my guy

-the beauty of the stars at night when we're away from the city lights
-a beach walk every day 

-a fabulous dinner out together at Harbor Light

-driving home up the coast
-fluffy white balls of blooms covering our viburnum

-deep purple iris blooming by my backyard fence

-funny postcards in the mail from my grandson
-phone conversations with my brother and sister
-a pre-Mother's Day phone call from my youngest daughter

-an early morning Mother's Day phone call from my middle daughter
-our church family
-chocolate strawberries and flowers for all of the ladies at church
-a wonderful Mother's Day dinner and visit with our oldest daughter and her family

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