Monday, November 28, 2022

Weekly Gratitude Journal

On my instagram and facebook social media accounts I've been daily posting things that I am grateful for all during the month of November-the Month of Thanksgiving, I call it. Yet, I've again been away from my blog for some weeks. My home has been transitioned into full Christmas mode but everyday I will still be celebrating thanksgiving. Gratitude is, indeed, a key to happiness. May I add that knowing Whom to give our thanks is key. And so today, I say once again, thank You God for Your faithful care and Your abundant blessings in my life 
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 Psalm 139 and the fact that you intimately know me
-tea, cookies and heart conversation with a young mama from our church
-my husband's thanks for a good dinner

-God speaking to my heart from Ezekiel 37
-a break in the rain for a good walk
-my grandson feeling better after having to go to the ER with breathing difficulties

-encouraging texts from my granddaughter

-a good night's sleep
-texts, phone calls and FaceTime chats with my faraway family
-going with my friend to pick up her new puppy
-cheery holiday cups at Starbucks

-a wonderful Friday date day with my guy
-a home filled with God's peace and presence
-God showing our grandson the truth that "if you don't quit, you win"

-a day of cleaning and nesting while listening to podcasts
-plans with my siblings for a reunion
-my husband bringing home dinner from one of my favorite places

-God growing our church
-powerful worship
-lunch with friends

-God's "hesed" lovingkindness
-my husband
-our three daughters
-our sons-in-law

-God blessing my day and helping me to get everything done
-D's help with tonight's notes
-my son-in-law's grandma's Applesauce cake recipe
-this beautiful crisp, cold, clear autumn day
-a wonderful gathering with the women from our church

-a nice long FaceTime chat with my oldest granddaughter
-a new cozy sweater
-making potato soup the way Mama made it for our dinner

-my husband helping our oldest granddaughter with a car insurance issue
-long phone chats with my sisters
-a very impactful Bible study

-going to a part of town we haven't been to in a long time for Friday date day
-my husband always thinking about what I like to do on date day
-cozy time sipping our favorite hot beverages when its frosty and and cold outside

-God's continued work in our lives
-a coworker's teachable spirit
-finishing the day well after it getting off to a rough start

-God continuing to add to the church
-a good chat with a new friend after church
-going antiquing with a friend

-another beautiful clear, cold autumn day
-an encouraging talk with one of the young women from our church
-tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
-telling stories via FaceTime with our youngest granddaughter
-YaY! Two of my South Carolina grandson's are coming to see us in December!

-a good phone chat with my granddaughter
-getting the kitchen deep cleaned for the holidays
- a flock of Canadian geese flying by against the background of a beautiful autumn sunset
-good reports about things God is doing in our church

-lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant followed by a walk around the lake

-a friend's encouraging phone call
-our home

-early morning blue hour skies
-cozy candlelight on my kitehen windowsill
-a morning spent praying and fasting with the women of our church
-another amazing Bible study

-another gorgeous autumn day
-a wonderful date day together
-good news of answered prayer for a sick loved one

-a good night's sleep
-my guy bringing me coffee in bed
-meeting with a young woman from church
-our neighbor's houses all lit up for Christmas

-our four youngest grandkids getting to be together for Thanksgiving 
-a wonderful morning at church
-a great meeting with my Visionary Leadership Team
-a wonderful time of tea and deep heart conversation with my friend from Cali.

-God is working as we pray and trust Him
-a nice long walk with our dog
-phone chats with my sisters

-praying with my granddaughter who has the flu
-God's promises to me
-a extra day off together

-my nephew on his 55th birthday
-my husband listening to old Keith Green music this morning
-the smell of pumpkin custard baking 
-a bouquet of Trader Joe's roses combined with foraged Christmas greens

-Thank You, God for sending Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
-Thank You for my husband, daughters, sons-in-law and 8 grandkids
-Thank You, God for my siblings
-Thank You, God for our church family
-Thank You, God for our home
-Thanksgiving with family and friends

-a quiet post Thanksgiving Friday
-decorating our Christmas tree

-running some errands together
-watching a cheesy Christmas movie

-listening to powerful teaching while doing my Saturday chores
-talking with a praying with a friend
-easy, yummy potsticker soup after a busy day

-a timely word for the times we are living in
-a yummy post Thanksgiving potluck 
-a post holiday food long walk

still following,

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