Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Counting Blessings #74 - 85

74) This week was a rough one health wise, so first and foremost, I'm thankful for God's sustaining me during a very busy week while feeling under the weather with no time to rest. Many of the things I'm thankful for this week relate to the hard go I've had. I think I never really recovered fully from this illness, and had a major set back. I'm on the mend now though, and trying to take some time each day for rest. :)

75) the prayers of faithful friends

76) God's healing touch

77) helpful children

78) cool breeze off the harbor

79) abundant harvests (see new header photo for today's)

80) fresh goat milk (It tastes SO MUCH BETTER than that I've purchased in grocery stores.)

81) white washed chicken coop; fresh starts, new beginnings, clean slates...grace in many forms

82) Rest

83) Lynn (I hope you're up and about and able to read this. You really worked hard to bless so many children's lives this past week. I'm very thankful for you, and the chance to talk with you for a while. Praying for your healing, and hoping you're feeling better. Hugs!)

84) birthdays (38 years yesterday. I'm not afraid to say it, yet...) :)

85) YOU! Each and every one of you! It's been a hard week to be thankful, but I knew at least a few of you would be looking to see what I had for the week. It kept me searching! It's almost like searching for hidden treasure sometimes, and finding another gift is such a surprise. Surprised by Grace...I like that. :)


  1. 38 years is beautiful. Happy Birthday!

  2. Very happy birthday Patty,I'm with you on#76 I still needs tons of that for Jerry but I am very thankful for no bad side effects from the chemo however strange it might seem .Is your full name Patricia ,just curios my mom nick named my sister Patricia "Patsy" I think after Patsy Cline .

  3. Happy Birthday, Patty. Glad you are feeling somewhat better. Love your list. We do have so much to be thankful for.

  4. Sorry you have been feeling badly, I hope you are on the mend. Happy Birthday, and I love the new header photo!

  5. Why, thank you, Mama Tea! I think it's beautiful too! I know this will seem crazy to most people, but I've always thought of 40 as the ideal age. I'm excited because I'm getting pretty close! :) And this stage of my life is proving to be pretty wonderful.

    Judy- I'm still praying for Jerry, and am so glad there seem to be no side effects. That's an answer to prayer right there! :) My name is Patricia. I love the nickname Patsy. Very fun!

    Lorie and Erin- Thanks for the birthday wishes, and yes, I do feel like I'm once again on the mend.

  6. Sending prayers for a complete recovery and many more blessings! Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy belated birthday to you, dear girl!

    It's a very hard time of year to not be feeling tip-top. I know how busy you are and you're right, you probably haven't fully recovered from the tick sick!

    Sending healing thoughts your way . . . do try to take care of yourself. Hugs to you.