Finding Graces ~ a Journal of gifts and gratitude

Skipping the introduction for now and starting the practice.

May 10, 2015, I thank you Lord for

  1. my friend, Amy H., for sharing photos of her gratitude journal over the last year and planting a seed for me
  2. the one thousand gifts devotional given to me by Jack
  3. Ann Voskamp for writing the book that I have only read chapter 1 of so far
  4. Katie inviting me to go in the pool with her
  5. Katie holding my arm so we would float together
  6. warm enough water in the pool and beautiful sunshine
  7. photos that capture the moments … {I think I may need to add photos to this list}image
  8. a bowl of rice drying out Katie’s phone after she dropped it in the pool while trying to speak my photo love language
  9. Sean cooking for us
  10. the kids trying the cedar plank salmon and loving it
  11. a long conversation with my Mum on Mother’s day
  12. texting with my sister and sister-in-law
  13. listening to the Angel Street girls sing in church
  14. the announcement that we they have found a Pastor for the North Memphis church plant
  15. Sean fixing the hot water heater and hearing him yell from the attic to his assistant, Katie.
  16. Jack asking me to walk with him after dinner
  17.  allergy meds and my Neti potimage
  18. this is the first day and I’m grateful that I could just keep going with this list

May 11, 2015, I am grateful for:

  • 19. Jack posing for a photo with his sister on the way out the door on his Last Day of High School
  • 20. both kids coming back to the kitchen door to hug their emotional Mama
  • 21. Facebook encouragement that other Mama’s are going through the same thing today (Corby Bononno and Deana Spangler)
  • 22. yoga at lunch time with Heidi
  • 23. meeting Heidi’s 2 older kids and her about-to-be-daughter-in-law. and seeing their excitement in this phase of life beyond college.
  • 24. Reminiscing about being a newlywed Navy wife transplanted from PA to MS.image
  • 25. Jack bringing home his art portfolio
  • 26. a nap when my emotions are overwhelming, and knowing that it is okay to feel sad
  • 27. having a leaders bible study class to look forward to tonight
  • 28. My old neighbor, Candi, sending Jack a check for $20.15  what a clever amount!
  • 29. Leviticus chapter 16 (my chapter for today) talking about a scape goat when Rufus preached on that yesterday.
  • 30. Betty Ann teaching on Ruth and knowing my name.
  • 31. seeing OT connections to the NT.   Boaz and Jesus.
  • 32. Tori G. having the idea to bring flowers to the Angel Street Girls and everyone chipping in on the spot
  • 33. Sean encouraging me to go to church and saying it is probably better for me than exercise.

May 12, 2015, I thank you Lord for:

  • 34. the flexibility to go back to sleep in the morning after a late night Grizz game
  • 35. my dedicated husband that gets up early and goes to work
  • 36. my creative friend Janice A. who colors my hair and shares her heart with me
  • 37. Janice telling me she was happy that her new client was there at the same time bc I am so good with new people. Thank you Lord that she recognized You shining through me with my heart for newbies
  • 38. visiting with April at Costcoimage
  • 39. talking to my Mom while doing house chores
  • 40. being awake when Jack got home from work so we could chat
  • 41. telling Jack that the Riggs got 2 kittens and named them Ross and Monica and that he said they must be siblings…I love that Jack knows references to things from before his time.
  • 42. Courtney tagging me in the photo of her and Addie’s hands…the perspective she gets from me being further along in this journey. an answer to prayer. Titus 2. And the encouragement I get from her.

May 13, 2015, I thank you Lord for:

  • 43. the amazing Angel street concert and leading me to be involved in serving timagehis ministry
  • 44. leadership trainingimage
  • 45. Mary Ann and Abby’s encouragement
  • 46. Jane’s honesty with me about her decision
  • 47. lunch with Jack and seeing his barber shop
  • 48. the beauty of the quaint town of Collierville
  • 49. Jack’s advice to me as I processed my feelings
  • 50. Abby’s hug and prayer for me when I was crying. and her texting me later
  • 51. my camera working even when it waimageimages making noisesimage
  • 52. allowing me to Carry the Light and witness you at work throughout Hope tonight
  • 53. meeting the new North Memphis Pastor, Colby and his wife Sherri

May 14, 2015, I thank you Lord for:

  • 54. Being able to go back to sleep this morning after a late night editing photos
  • 55. Sean hiring the maintenance guys to check plumbing and air conditioning
  • 56. the grass and all things that grow (even weeds, I guess) when the nursery said we couldn’t buy sod because it isn’t warm enough for it to grow yet, I was reminded that we are NOT in control of that.
  • 57. Sean being home today and spending some time together and not just guest prepping all day
  • 58. time with Katie at the mall. neither of us like to shop. thank you that we both found dresses for baccalaureate. and in dressing rooms next to each other. and we were in agreement.
  • 59. getting excited replies back to my email with the festivities plan.
  • 60. Angie’s perspective on prayer

March 9, 2016

  • 61. Tait reminding me of this practice
  • 62. God speaking to me through His word in Mark 5. I had been praying for a friend’s teen that has been cutting. And then I noticed for the first time that the story of the demon-possesed man began with “he would cry out and cut himself with stones”! Oh thank you Lord for speaking into our current concerns. You hear me.
  • 63. the bible app that reads to me out loud.
  • 64. Ellen’s perspective on praying protection from evil
  • 65. praying for the prayer warriors
  • 66. Meeting two young Moms and feeling a divine appointment with Brittney in her 8th month of pregnancy.
  • 67. Jessica’s teaching and perspective on joy and how it can be hard to rest in joy because we feel vulnerable that it will be taken away. Gratitude is the answer. hence the reminder to type this out
  • 68. Natasha sharing her testimony and her vulnerable story of her childhood followed by her ability to forgive and be grateful
  • 69. Abby praying for me and my family.
  • 70. Angie as a co-leader.
  • 71. Pretty stationery and writing notes back to ourselves and to others.
  • 72. Tracey having a heart for prizes.
  • 73. free tickets and laughter about what happens at the Southern Women’s show
  • 74. rainboots on a rainy day
  • 75. seeing Brooke and hearing about her pregnancy. she is sick and I’m not grateful for that but I liked her honesty and vulnerability
  • 76. long conversation with my Dad
  • 77. Katie having a good first day of behind the wheel and the good report she had with the instructor.
  • 78. That Katie called Jack just to chat
  • 79. anchovies
  • 80. my rocking chair

March 10, 2016

  • Deanetha texting to ask for the scriptures from last week
  • and her sharing her heart a little
  • mops day
  • sweet class of boys all growing up
  • Realizing that baby Clinton was happier with his jeans off… aren’t we all
  • taking a picture of a sleeping baby on Barbara and seeing her so peaceful
  • that Josh is 73 days clean
  • yummy cheese straws
  • cleaning the yuk out of the washer … it is so clean now
  • rubber gloves
  • clearing the leaves from the drains in the rain storm and watching the water rush in the right direction
  • that the pool didn’t overflow
  • Katie’s excitement at getting picked to be on the yearbook next year
  •  snuggling on the couch with Sean and watching all of American Idol together
  • Tammy’s message that she has off work and can go on the retreat

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