The Power of Gratitude

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Psalm 100:4-5

2020 has been a tough year but one thing keeping me sane has been reminding myself of the good. Here are a few things I’ve been thankful for this year.

I’m thankful for friends who laugh with me, love me, and tell me when I’m being dumb.

I’m thankful for babies and toddlers and kids and play dates.

I’m thankful for books and words and the magic of the alphabet.

I’m thankful for a job I love where I’m challenged.

I’m thankful for sunshine and flowers and curled, colored leaves.

I’m thankful for chocolate and cookies and tasty food.

I’m thankful for sunrises and sunsets and a gentle breeze rippling on the water.

I’m thankful for music and sound which encourages and revives weary souls.

I’m thankful for quiet and solitude.

I’m thankful for family and not being alone.

I’m thankful for grace and joy and forgiveness.

Most of all I’m thankful for a Savior who sees me and never forgets me even when I forget him.

Canterbury Bells

A couple of years ago a cousin and I heard of a local art event where they were giving away free seeds. Joys! We were told the seeds may or may not grow and to only take what e’d actually plant. I chose a few new-to-me flowers, including Canterbury Bells.

Even though I was told by a family member how difficult people find it to grow these flowers, I still planted the seeds. The first year a few little sprouts came up. I was sad, but knew even before the naysayer that perhaps none of the seeds would grow.

Imagine my surprise this spring when I went out and saw two VERY healthy and large plants heavy with these purple bells!! It was so fun to enjoy them this year. It was even sweeter since they hadn’t really come the first year!

It made me think about how God grows things in HIS timing and that I need to be patient with myself -and others- to see what glorious beauty will come from his creativity and love.

H.E.L.L.O.

How wonderful it would be if
Even a nod was used to greet and
Left the receiver with a sense of
Life acknowledged by a stranger
Or harmony with a friend

– Kandi Hamble, March 2020