“It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given.
One or the other becomes a habit of life.” ~Elisabeth Elliot
I love Jesus and the life He has given me, but sometimes I forget to behold the glory and the wonder of each moment . . . it gets left behind in the dirty dish water or beneath that ninth pile of laundry or in the demanding needs of a child.
But I want the thankfulness to become my habit. Not the complaining. To praise and not whine. To take note of the beauty instead of getting bogged down in the gritty.
In the year 2000, I began a gratitude journal and kept an on-going list of people, things, and happenings for which I was grateful. A year or two later, I dusted off that journal, and as part of a college assignment, continued on with lengthening that thanks-giving list. It was always amazing to realize how much I took for granted on a daily basis and how ridiculous it was to complain about anything when I already had so much!
In 2005 I began this blog and called it The Gratitude Journal as an extension of my desire to have a place to record the blessings and moments of life that abound with the goodness of God. This journal has evolved a little . . . first a mostly private blog that I hardly dared to tell anyone about, to a place where I posted pictures and words for my friends and family back home, to now what I pray will be a place of beauty and encouragement for anyone who may drop in for a visit.
My husband Phil is the love of my life, and our three children bring us much joy. I enjoy being the keeper of our home and learning skills to benefit all those who live here, and come and go out of its doors. I’m also learning that it’s not all about the skills I have or don’t have that make a beautiful place for us to call home . . . It’s a heart that is centered on the Lord, at peace in Him, and giving thanks in everything . . . that will go a long way in making a place of delight for my family, and that is who I aspire to be!
I enjoy reading and learning about nutrition and leading a healthy lifestyle. I love to cook and experiment with wholesome foods in my kitchen and serve them up to my family who are quick to tell me if something is fantastic or needs a little more “work”. I enjoy sharing the things I learn and the food I concoct here with you in the pages of this journal as well.
But having said that, this isn’t strictly a food blog either. I love to share bits of our family life, encouraging thoughts from the Word, and sometimes the nitty-gritty of my daily life. It’s just a little of this n’ that on the pages of a journal . . .
As I continue to make gratitude a habit in my life, as I enjoy life to the fullest and treasure the blessings that God gives to me, I hope that you will enjoy and be inspired by what is written in The Gratitude Journal. For truly, it is the little things that make up the richest part of the tapestry of our lives.