Sunday, 9 October 2011

Grace Notes - Counting the Gifts 441-473

"That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works."
Psalm 26:7

In my beloved country, Canada, we are celebrating Thanksgiving this long weekend.  I have gathered some wonderful ponderings on the subject of gratitude that I would like to share with you before I get into my ongoing list of "thank-you's" to God.

Remember God's bounty in the year. 
String the pearls of His favor. 
Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! 
Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! 
~Henry Ward Beecher

For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends.
For flowers that bloom about our feet; for tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee; for all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.
~ Robert Caspar Lintner

Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life  . . . a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seedtime and harvest, the ripe product of the year - and the deep, deep connection of all these things with God.
~ Ray Stannard Baker
And now I continue to count my blessings . . .
441.  Gathering again - ladies group
442.  Loved with an everlasting love
443.  Words that encourage
444.  Hydrangeas that don't fade away

445.  A friend's generosity
446.  Pumpkins climbing the fence

447.  A sunny fall day when the forecast was for rain
448.  Sharing a table with a stranger in a coffee shop
449.  One soft and spicy ginger molasses cookie
450.  Inspiring words about the power of Your Word to change a life
451.  Morning coffee sounds and smells
452.  A chorus of birdsong as I step outside

453.  My camera at the ready
454.  Squirrel-thieving flower bulbs . . . they need to eat too

455.  A simple red elastic that gives Gracie so much pleasure

456.  Homemade butternut squash soup
457.  Shoes scrubbed clean of garden soil
458.  Feeling smiley inside for no particular reason
459.  Sweet morning meeting with You
460.  Bluejay and squirrel visiting again today.  It so tickles me to spy the critters that come and go
461.  Message light flashing on the phone
462.  Listening to their sweet voices . . . we love you, Grandma!
463.  Hearing them play their piano recital pieces over the phone
464.  Youngest little miss - 9 months old.  Thank You for bringing so much healing, Papa, she is a miracle.
465.  Singing in the car
466.  Wild goose chase
467.  Calming down by the duck pond in a nearby park

468.  Warm towels fresh from the dryer
469.  So thankful for my car
470.  Sun hiding behind the clouds . . . but I still see you

471.  Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world
472.  He first loved me
473.  Cat-grass treats for kittens

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts . . . and be thankful." 
Colossians 3:15

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  1. Wonderful photos from your life. And beautiful mind for gratitude. Kind regards, Synnöve

  2. Oh, butternut squash soup - yummy! Happy Thanksgiving to you. We'll be celebrating in another month here in the States, and your list and accompanying quotes increase my anticipation of the holiday.

  3. Beautiful post- both in photos & words- I just love that first psalm.

  4. What a very joyous way to settle into bed after a Thanksgiving weekend.... reading your post! Andrea Dawn, my dear one, I LOVE all your photos, again and again; the pumpkin one is so joyous!
    Tonight I filled a paper with thankfulnesses with my dear Eduardo... him one, me one, and on and on... I think he caught the bug! Yay
    It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord!
    Shoshi's cat also loves playing with a simple elastic :) And I smile to see the one of you listening over the phone to the piano recitals. Must give you such joy!

  5. Andrea Dawn,

    Your list is so profoundly simple and the photography so meticulous in shadow, perspective and lighting that the contrast creates masterpiece after masterpiece -- pieces fit for the Master -- a true rendering of His creations.

    It is good to come by here,


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