Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gratitude Gifts Today

Really and truly Ann's writing at A Holy Experience is such a blessing!  Her thoughts today fit perfectly with yesterday's message at church about building on the firm foundation of God's love.  I am amazed at how God reinforces these thoughts so they are front and center for my daily living.

So I begin this week pondering these words of Ann's - and agreeing wholeheartedly with them!

"Unless we make it a habit to give thanks, we habitually give our family grief.
Unless we consistently speak praise, we consistently speak poison.
Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day, our days unintentionally give way to grumbling. "

And I need to hang them in every corner of my house and of my life that my living might give Him the glory!

#2910 - #2935

- vacuumed floor, first thing in the morning
- clean windows in the tractor
- bright tablecloth, a long ago gift from my aunt
- little vase brought home from Prague
- lavender and white sweet peas in that vase

- sweet scent of sweet peas that I grew
- how much they remind me of my Dad
- time off from fieldwork
- pictures and videos of our grandchildren
- fenceposts marching along the property line

- jars of relish put away on the pantry shelf
- dreaming of new quilts to make
- chocolate zucchini cake batter
- square bowl from my sister
- shelling peas

- wise messages that seem to be written just for me
- bounty from the garden and fields
- birds circling in the sky
- new worship songs
- washing machine and dryer, working away

- looking back through pictures
- cleaning off another corner of the kitchen counter
- praying as I drive
- seeking His strength and support
- building everyday with Him as the foundation


    THat sounds wonderful. I too love love ANN's writing..it just does stuff on the inside. I love writing gratitude....seeing those blessings makes life in the little irritating places easier to just pick the dust off and thank God for the shine they make on us underneath...like polished diamonds.
    Thanks for stoppin by JoyOutLoud! :0)

  2. Anonymous7:05 AM

    Ann's writing truly is inspired and inspiring! Love your pictures and your post. So glad I stopped by. Chocolate zucchini cake??? Sounds delicious!!

  3. I agree, Ann's writing just cuts right to the point and straight to the heart. I found myself stopping more often today to think about all the beautiful moments that I was given and yet I still failed miserably at times. Thank God for His grace.

    Love the sweet pea photo - they remind me of Grampa too. Ours never grew this year but next year I will try again.

    And I told Helayna and Silas I would make them chocolate zucchini cake so I need to get your recipe when you have a chance.