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, October 30, 2011

Counting Blessings #195 - 208

This week I've been so thankful to God for...

195) my kids. They've been so much fun lately!

196) plenty of work for Dan in his business.

197) Dan's physical health and protection while doing this hard work.

198) Life; life itself is so amazing sometimes.

199) wood heat; I love heating with wood. It's so warm and cozy in here! And it smells good outside too.

200) day of rest - so I can start sewing my apron together! :)

201) carving pumpkins and pumpkin seeds.

202) books, books and more books.

203) the joy of finding things to be thankful for. It enriches my life so much, and I think the lives of those close to me. It must, because it helps me to be more positive, and a positive person is so much easier to be around!

204) the changing landscape. It seems kind of funny to be, considering how I may feel about it in February, but right now I'm enjoying the leafless trees. It's fun being able to see farther into the wooded areas. I've been noticing the birds flitting around in there, eating little mysterious bits.

205) quiet; it is so blessedly quiet in this house right now. The kids are all reading or quietly playing, the cat and dog at rest.

206) Dog and cat. I am sometimes unhappy with the messes they make, but they are, after all, a part of the family. They bring us lots of laughs and joy and are wonderful confidants for children who need an impartial friend.

207) sun. Beautiful, sweet sun!

208) applesauce, warm with cinnamon. Yummy!

Thank you, Creator and Sustainer of all!


  1. I'm so happy your happy-Ive been neglecting my duty to my blog friends -you all make a commitment to create a blog ,at least we can do is be a good follower. i to am blessed with Jerry's continued health as it is -not worse-sometimes I'm afraid to breath the words out loud -like the sudden loss of 8 pounds this week- the doc just said last week he is the same and in her books ,thats good, oh lord please take my worry wart off my back-some people have a monkey I have a worry wart-I know there was something I was gonna ask you, it Will come back I hope--lol

  2. Judy, I really feel for you. I know that if I were in your shoes I would have a very real temptation to worry. I'm praying God's peace to you. That He would be your anchor in the storm of life. (Hebrews 6:19) Hugs! :)