Week of June 11, 2012

If you’re new here, this is my gratitude journal, my list of things for which I am thanking God and my thoughts on this journey to note one thousand gifts from God. It started with a robin

Purple entries are those things for which it is easy to be thankful. The red are those that are difficult. The regular black text is my journaling of this journey. Quotes are in blue.

Monday, June 11, 2012

145. Mock orange in bloom

146. Freshly washed sheets

147. The power of Scripture

The end of another day. A draining difficult day for those closest to the one who is gone. Services over, the next phase of getting on with life so changed begins when they rise in the morning.

Lord, please bless them with sleep tonight. Peaceful, restful, refreshing sleep, unhaunted. Please give them each moment what they need to get through that moment. Please help them to seek You, so they will find You, to worship and thank You when it seems impossible. Help them know You in new ways.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

149. Warm weight of a three-year-old in pink pajamas leaning against me

150. A bloody nose ended, and hydrogen peroxide to clean up the mess

151. The opportunity to extend grace, in my mind, to the son or husband who didn’t change the toilet paper roll – and thereby short-circuit a joy-stealing cycle of ungrateful annoyance!

152. Black olives – and a little girl who likes them even better than I

153. Ground turkey, onions, zucchini, olive oil, salt & pepper

154. Snickerdoodles

155. My purple-hearted geode and the husband who brought it home for me three years ago

156. Joel’s freckles and grin

157. Giant “tent”in our living room

158. Our handmade dining-room table that was a gift, and our mismatched chairs

159. Skim milk – NEVER thought as a child I would EVER say that!

160. Kids’ overcrowded bookshelves

161. Another opportunity to not give in to annoyance when older son left toilet seat up

162. Seeing my first fireflies of the year

Still working on my Philippians 1 post. I guess it’s more like still looking for enough time to finish it. 🙂 Good to keep thinking about Paul’s reaction to adversity compared to my reactions to small things I make big in the wrong way, and good to see that Paul understood the importance of being grateful and expressing it in all circumstances.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day. I don’t really remember the significance of the day, except the obvious. Do vaguely remember the annual presentation at my elementary school. One little girl got to be Betsy Ross. I remember that I got to hold one of the letters of AMERICA, and say… something…

It’s a beautiful day. Much to do. But not overwhelmed like yesterday. Though my allergies are making me feel yucky. Already have visible progress, so I’m glad. And getting ready for Family Camp. Woo-hoo!

172. Leftover Chinese food

173. Sunglasses

174. Cough medicine

Pearl of great price… (working on devo for Ladies’ Retreat)

When you give up everything, you receive everything, and realize what you gave up was nothing.

Are you feeling empty today? We’re all born with an emptiness inside us. It’s a good thing because it lets us know that we’re missing something, or, more accurately, Someone.

175. Most amazing moment… when Joel, my recent seven-year-old, my red-haired boy, my stubborn, bright, amazing son, middle child, answered the question, “What do you want more than anything else in the world?” by saying, with a HUGE smile, “To have Jesus in my heart.”

176. Being able to talk with my kids about the devotion I’m writing for Ladies’ Retreat… Matthew 13: 45-46

If you’ve accepted your need for a Savior, and asked God to forgive you because His Son died for you, it felt wonderful, didn’t it? You were redeemed! Free! At that moment, NOTHING else mattered.

But today? Well, today, things might not look so rosy. If you’re not experiencing joy and peace, this might be a good time to ask why.

When the merchant sold all that he had for that one precious pearl, did he have to wait to receive it? No.

When we accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we become part of the Kingdom of God.

… still working on this… enough for now here…

Friday, June 15, 2012 – Sunday, June 17, 2012

I didn’t journal much the rest of the week… Click here to visit this week’s list… with pictures!

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