Category Archives: Gratitude

Counting Gifts

The book lies on my shelf and every morning I pull it out and list the blessings in my life.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  (James 1:17)

Click the image below to view the Counting Gifts page:

Counting Gifts revised

In the midst of difficulty, this changes my focus. It lifts my eyes from the storm to a good God who longs to bless His children. And maybe – just maybe – some of the things in my life that appear anything but a blessing, are in fact a gracious gift from God.

Will you consider starting your own gratitude list?

These are some things I have been so thankful for recently (copied from the Counting Gifts page):

His fearlessness.


How much he cheered when she finally jumped.




They turned out to be lilac bushes! Love them!


When they were so excited to bring treasures from the swamp.


The porch at the farm – a perfect place for family to gather.

Catching up with her while preparing food.

Truly entering into worship. There is nothing like difficulty that makes us realize the nearness and holiness of God.

This girl and how she runs so free around the farm. Reminds me of my childhood.


This biker gang – love it when he plays with his grandkids.


When he brings home flowers and wraps his strong arms around me and we talk about what really matters in life.



So many kind words from people who say they are praying.

Choosing faith over fear.