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.

Growing Family

Although 2020 has been chaotic and very upside down, good things are still happening. Like sunshine and flowers and long talks with friends. And babies!

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

Psalm 46

Be still and know that I Am God.

Do not be afraid, and thereby set things into motion which should remain still.

Do not resist me. I AM is your Refuge.

I AM is your strength: an ever-present help in trouble.

Do not fear.

The Earth may fall apart. Nations will crumble.

Do not be afraid; be still. I Am within you, you will not fall; I will help you at the break of day.

I Am Lord Almighty; I Am with you. I Am your Fortress.

Come, see what I have done. I bring desolation to the Earth.

I make wars cease to the ends of the Earth. I break, shatter, burn, destroy weapons of war.

Be still.

I Am God.

Know this.

I. Am. God.

Peace, be still.