Monday, October 26, 2009

1000 Gratitudes

holy experience

This past week was a time for our little town and church communities of many denominations to see God at work through the prayers of His people.

It's been a tough week for many families in our community and church families. One family laid to rest their sixteen year old daughter. Another family has watched their special needs child's health deteriorate due to a new onset of severe seizures, while another family suddenly found their daughter being rushed to the hospital due to disorientation and seizures. Another family prayed fervently for their daughter who was having brain surgery, while another mourned the loss of another one of her unborn children. Still another family has discovered that a mental illness is taking its toll on this individual's ability to enjoy life. It's been tough, and never have I felt I have spent so much time in prayer beseeching God on behalf of all these families. Through it all however, God is faithful. God's loving and powerful hand is on each one of these families even though they or we don't understand the hows and whys of these situations.

Despite it all, there has been joy in the journey. Gratitude for simple things.

262. Fun between rainstorms

263. Grandparents who love to spend time with their grandchildren.

264. Friendships in places and in times I didn't expect. (God is SO faithful).

265. A time for relaxation and refreshment.

266. A good healthcare system.

267. Wise doctors.

268. Yet another beautiful sunrise.

269. Spending time working in the church kitchen with other church family.

270. Time spent in the Word and in prayer with our small group.

271. Working side by side with my husband.

272. Learning lots in my correspondence course.

273. Cozy spots.

274. Fun outings with our extended family.

275. Lacie's contented purring and playfulness.

276. Excellent books on prayer and faith.

277. Christian music that lifts me up.

278. Peace that passes understanding.

279. My husband's confidence, when I am lacking.

280. Freedom to worship!

281. The creativity of our children.

I lift up my eyes to the hills — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD,the Maker of heaven and earth.He will not let your foot slip -- he who watches over you will not slumber;indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day,nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. Psalm 121


  1. Wow! It hardly seems possible that one local church could be going through so much as once. I love Psalm 121 also. It reminds us that our help does not come from the hills or any other source, other than God. He is faithful.

  2. Oh, Deborah, I need to tell you how I enjoy your blog site. I do not always have the chance to read daily posts, but I catch up every so many days.
    How comforting is His Word.


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