“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8  

I’m learning to train my eyes, my heart and mind to look for the beautiful things of Philippians 4:8, keeping our minds focused on the Lord. So through a heart seeking that which is good – I’ve started giving thanks once again in 2014. It’s in giving thanks, I’m finding beauty. Beauty that makes my soul want to sing of His unfailing, unwavering goodness and grace.

{the sweet & simple blessings of life} 
for which I am forever grateful. | January 2014

 “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6

Jan. 1st:  A new year – a chance to start fresh and anew.
Jan. 2nd: The ability to have fellowship with genuine Christian friends.
Jan. 3rd: Christmas-New Years Break; a precious time spent with my loves.

Jan. 4th: Silly moments that make one laugh. 

Jan. 5th: For the freedom to freely worship openly with other believers in Jesus.

Jan. 6th: The blessing of routines. They keep life running smoothly.

Jan. 7th: Adorable air blown kisses sent from across the room by a lovable toddler.

Jan. 8th: The “aha” moments that come into play when teaching your children.

Jan. 9th: The blessing of prayer.

Jan. 10th: For natural remedies, that promote health without unwanted side effects.

Jan. 11th: Last minute sibling dates, and a chance to cuddle a new nephew.

Jan. 12th: Rare lazy Saturdays, with absolutely nothing on the schedule.

Jan. 13th: For big plans, and helping hands.

Jan. 14th: Dirty laundry – it means I’m bountifully blessed with a husband and little people to care for.

Jan. 15th: The clinking of the piano keys – non other than music produced by a toddler.  

Jan. 16th: Small children who help bring older folks back to reality. 🙂 

Jan. 17th: Encouragement from across the country and worldwide.

Jan. 18th: For life saving technology and God given wisdom for doctors.

Jan. 19th: The smiles of my sick little niece, that melt the heart.

Jan. 20th: For answered prayer – 3 month niece can leave NICU!

Jan. 21st: Homemade soup & rolls on a blistery cold day.

Jan. 22nd: The ability to study God’s word with like-minded moms.

Jan. 23rd: Clean carpet that just makes a room “new” & fresh.

Jan. 24th:  Noticing how much a child imitates yourself. :0/

Jan. 25th: For the chance to get to make new friends.

Jan. 26th: The ability to play many music pieces by ear. “There is a Redeemer.”

Jan. 27th: Freezing temps that enable my husband to stay home from work.

Jan. 28th: In sickness & in health. Grateful for a husband who takes really good care of me.

Jan. 29th: For the sleepless nights, reminding me of how blessed sleep really is.

Jan. 30th: For the moments that have shaken our lives to bring forth more growth in the Lord.

Jan. 31st: For tears that shed grief with HOPE.

lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty
is God’s handwriting–Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky,
in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What gifts of gratitude have you found this week?  
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