Friday, June 23, 2017


I believe in gratitude. A grateful heart blesses. I try to make it a regular practice to share the gifts I've been given, sometimes sharing weekly or monthly.

You can never give God enough praise - every gift is from Him.

Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. James 1:17

So, I'm indulging my love of listing and sharing 5 recent gifts:

1. God always comes through! The Hubs and I have reached that stage in life when it seems every time you turn around, some piece of equipment breaks down. Breakdowns can cause a strain on our fixed income. No one knows our budget better than the Father. I ask Him for help each time things look bleak. He always enables Jim to fix the problem or provides in some way to get the job done. Recently, we've had three problems crop up:

  • The mower needed a pulley - Jim found one for less than $25 and was able to fix it himself.
  • The a/c quit working correctly. Thankfully, we have a maintenance agreement that covered the problem - and two room a/c units that were able to keep the house reasonably cool until the big one gets fixed.
  • The biggest problem of all - a sewer problem: A new toilet didn't take care of the issue and the various things Jim tried were to no avail. It looked like a call to Roto-Rooter was in our future. (House calls in our neck of the woods are VERY pricey!) After prayer, the idea came to Jim to ask the village water department to borrow their heavy-duty snake (much bigger than the one we own). They lent it to us and it got the job done.

Sometimes, God answers your prayers by giving you ideas!

2. Family events:  Birthdays and holidays such as Mother's and Father's Day are wonderful blessings from God. Getting together to celebrate strengthens family bonds and makes parents' hearts joyful! Beginning in May and going through July 8, we have 7 family events ... and grandbaby #3 is scheduled to arrive the first week of July making 8 celebrations. 

Which is why I'm thankful for ...

3. Rest: I've had a few more opportunities for rest lately and I definitely count them as blessings. Of course, it's the most fun when you can rest at one of the beautiful areas found in our region.

There's just something about the blues and the greens found lakeside that is restful.

4. You guys! I've got the to-do list down to nothing!
If all goes as planned, Friday will see the last item on the list done. I'll start Monday with a clean slate. Oh, of course, there is always a drawer or cabinet that could be arranged but nothing pressing. Love the feeling of accomplishment.

5. Quote of the week: I love sharing the gifts of wisdom and insight I have found in my readingYou can never go wrong with a Max Lucado quote:

"Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” -Max Lucado

And that is a wrap on the Journey. What's been happening in your world? I'd love to know! Feel free to leave a comment and share.


I'm linking this post up with the awesome group of bloggers at Friday's Fave Five. You can meet at Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story. I'm also linking with Arabah Joy's Grace&Truth and Crystal's #FreshMarketFriday communities. Because everyone needs to know when God gives gifts.


Deb said...

Great blessings for this week! God does often give us ideas to help us with our problems. I have experienced that as well. So glad you were able to get the things fixed that needed fixing. Enjoy the coming weekend!

Sandi said...

"Rest: I've had a few more opportunities for rest lately and I definitely count them as blessings."

God is good!

Rest is good, too. I need some now!

Barbara H. said...

Yes, I have experienced that, too, where God gives an idea that leads to a problem solved. Wonderful all the ways He provides!

That's a lot of family events in a short time! But joyous ones. My grandson's preemie doctor told his parents to remember that even happy stress is stress, which is true, so I am glad you got some rest periods between events. And to have a to-do list all crossed off is bliss!

fruitfulwords said...

Hi Jerralea - I agree, we cannot give God enough praise!

Quotes are important to me as well. I really like the truth the Max Lucado quote highlights. In fact, I had to take a break and share it on my FaceBook page. :)

QUITE impressed about accomplishing all the items on your to-do list! I am slowly learning a out writing a doable one.

Have a great week.

Michele Morin said...

Wow! An empty project list! Amazing!

Leah Adams said...

That Lucado quote! Oh my! Love that you are incorporating more rest in your days. Bless you, my friend.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Lots of happy blessings abound! It seems no matter how circumstances look at the outset, God finds a way to bless us and lift our spirits!
Visit me @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead. 😉

ellen b. said...

That's a great list of things to be grateful for and a great rundown of how God guided and helped with your needs. Thanks for the Lucado quote, too. Blessings...

Willow said...

I can't even imagine the finished to do list! Hurray for you!

Lakeside relaxation is as great as beach relaxation! And the colors are indeed beautiful. May you have another week of rest.

Susanne said...

Wonderful blessings for the week, Jerralea! I especially related to the financial answers to prayer and how God gives ideas. That was a great idea to call the village. God cares about all the little "mundane" details of our lives too. Looks like it's going to be a fun month coming up for you!