Monday, May 24, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

I was rereading the Mitford books by Jan Karon. I've purchased the whole series of books over the years and have reread them multiple times. They are like "comfort food" to me. Last night I was reading the book On This Mountain. Father Tim, the main character of the book, is experiencing a season of health problems and depression. He becomes desperate for a word from the Lord and cries out to God to speak to Him. God responds with four words. "In everything give thanks." As I was reading, God convicted me, again, to give Him thanks even for the hard things. Why? Because God is faithful and wastes nothing that we go through. He is always working for our good. And so, again I choose to give Him thanks in everything.
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)

-a beautiful day to work in the yard
-the smell of fresh basil in tonight's caprese salad
-The Chosen series

-God's Word
-a postcard from our grandson-"I wish your car could fly!"
-praying with my sister over the phone

-our middle daughter on her on her 41st birthday
-spending the afternoon with my two middle grand girlies
-a phone call from my oldest sister 
(She pointed out to me that we both gave birth to our second borns on the 19th of May 
ten years apart right before we each turned 23 the following August!)

-a big pot of yummy homemade soup on this gray, rainy, spring day

-such a good Bible study on Romans at church tonight
-God is answering my heart cry prayers

- a relaxing Friday date day
-a FaceTime chat with our grandkids
-peonies in abundance from the plant a friend gave me years ago

-a really good heart talk with my brother
-a big yellow butterfly
-a Saturday full of God's peace and presence

-our oldest daughter and son-in-law's 23rd anniversary 
and our youngest daughter and son-in-law's 6th anniversary
-taking our grandgirlies out to lunch and to the bookstore to let them pick out a new book

still following,

1 comment:

  1. I'll admit that I haven't read your posts for quite awhile this past strange year....but I did today. In Everything Give Thanks is a song by the Easters...and we watched their video in church Sunday. (We are hovering between 17-20 people...most over the age of 70 and many over 80. Since we could, we have met each Sunday, sitting in alternate pews and wearing masks. Our music is a variety of wonderful videos on the large screen we added a few years ago.) The introductory devotional was from Jesus Calling about giving thanks in everything.


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