Monday, 20 February 2012

Grace Notes - Counting the Gifts 712-723

Thou hast given so much to me, give one thing more . . . a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~ George Herbert

Counting the gifts of another week . . .
712.  Valentine's Day . . . a day to celebrate love . . . for God, from God, for family and friends
713.  My grandchildren . . . far away, but near and dear to my heart
714.  Artwork for Grandma . . . smiles every time I view them

715.  Exhortations from the mouths of babes

716.  The generosity of so many with much that give so willingly to those with little
717.  The way my daughter plans and executes a movie night out for five young ladies in wheelchairs (and me)
718.  The joy of doing "normal" teenage stuff that it brought them . . . their happy chatter debriefing afterwards
719.  Joining the gathering of believers on Sunday for the 1st time since surgery . . . 3 months
720.  A warm welcome . . . David, a 50 yr. old with Down Syndrome, smiling big and waving hello
721.  A kiss on the cheek
722.  Financial woes at church that require us to think differently and pull together
723.  Buttons getting pushed at ladies group . . . tears, apologies, forgiveness, release

Linking with this grateful community.


  1. There are many hard thanksgivings here, but interspersed throughout the easy that one hardly notices the angst behind them. Your opening quote says it all,

    "Not thankful when it pleases me,..." Yes, thankful at all times--naturally, as our pulse is.

    I love the grandchildren's pictures! Lots of color, like their grandmother's photos!

    Happy being by here,

  2. what a wonderful gathering of dear friends and to think that we meet to give thanks and to share all this together... a community of praise to the One who is worthy of all glory and honour. He does marvelous things for us. Up at five to move a foot of this night's fresh snow so we can have my man off by seven. I am thankful for the beauty and friendship and strength God brings...chores all done, milk put away, time to draw and to be in prayer for the beloveds around the world... God is so good!

    I also loved the children's art, Andrea Dawn! My smile is big! Thanks for sharing your friends and fun and even the difficulties with us... you are in my prayers dear friend.

  3. Andrea Dawn, these are priceless!
    ~ Blessings ~

  4. Beautiful words and such treasured photos especially the ones the grandchildren drew. I wish I had photographed the works of art my boys used to make for me all those years ago.

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