Monday, September 7, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day 16 - Gratitude



I am going to combine my Joy Challenge with my Gratitude Challenge - because really, I don't think you can have one without the other!

"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."
Psalm 95:2

I am thankful and joyful for:

- rain showers two days in a row!

- Dad is doing so much better now that the doctor has said, "Let him eat whatever he wants."

- a husband who tirelessly serves his family

- a friend who prays

- safe travels for our daughter - in Paris again!

- wise words from our Pastor and Music Minister

- the Father's faithful provision

- birthday celebrations

- the little blessings the Lord slips into the every day moments


I thought this Crown of Thorns plant would never bloom - but today I noticed.....


a sweet little blessing

- a friend who, with great wisdom and love, challenges me to examine the things I believe, shares her heart and then listens.

"Iron sharpens iron, so one man (woman) sharpens another."
parenthesis mine :-)

Proverbs 27:17

Blessings,
Linda

For other gratitude posts visit Ann's blog - A Holy Experience

5 comments:

Heather said...

What a beautiful list, Linda! And I agree with you wholeheartedly... rain and encouraging words and life's little blessings like flowers and birthdays-- we are so blessed aren't we?!! God is soooo good!

Have a blessed holiday~

Maria said...

I'm still smiling after scrolling to the sweetest little blossom on your plant!
Giving thanks with you for your rain!!! yippie
and for pastors that love their ministry...
...and for this wonderful space to praise together!
Joy to you, Maria

Kit said...

Linda, what an encouragement your list is to me! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm giving thanks with you!

Maxine said...

What sweet blessings to be thankful for. This was such a lovely, touching array of joys, indeed. And that blossom. Just the perfect finishing touch.

christy rose said...

I think you are so right in that you can not have joy without gratitude. Gratitude makes one joyful! I have really been enjoying your joyful posts Linda.