Journey of Joy!

Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle~

It was James Allen, the British writer who said: “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” What clarity! Gratitude has never been a small matter before the Living God. In 2014, I read Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. And O’ how it changed me. I share this concept of itemizing blessings from Ann, because she helped me see in such a pointed way why cultivating the discipline of gratitude is so critical to our inner making. Gratitude should be itemized. Though ‘Thanks for everything‘ is nice to say. It would be much better to unpack what “everything” really means. Difficult graces (as Ann calls them) are also gifts. Not always are we able to see it this way. But if we trust that God has never sat down to orchestrate our ruin, it will be much easier to–give thanks in everything!

I thought this discipline is better demonstrated than explained, and so I took these first twelve “gifts” itemized below from Ann’s book to arrest any lingering apathy and indifference to gratitude, that God may save us with expediency. I encourage you to build your own list, and commit to working on it until you draw that last breath.

For HIS glory!

Journey well.

“What do you want me to do for you?”  LORD, I want to see! (Luke 18:41)

  1. The more (good) we see, the more of it we see! Good or bad–that’s what we see.
  2. Ultimately, in his essence, Satan is ungrateful. An ingrate. How God had made him, and what God had given him was not enough (Ezekiel 28). He was the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  He was in Eden, the garden of God.  Every precious stone adorned him… yet!  It wasn’t enough.
  3. Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other than what HE gave us or how He made us. (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts)
  4. Yes! Satan he wanted more.  To exalt himself. To be like the Most High! (Isaiah 14)
  5. This is the cornerstone of Satan’s own movement.  The serpent.  He still hisses.  He still slithers through our gardens.  Repeating the same lie throughout the ages: “God can’t be good.” If He was, He wouldn’t withhold that from you.  Again and again, he hisses: you should ascend.  You deserve more!  You are better than that.
  6. Doubting God’s goodness, distrusting His intent, discontented with what He’s given, we desire… I have desired… more.  The attention. The friends. The homes, the cars, the looks, the popularity–we want more.  The rest of the garden (Our own gift–Paradise) is simply not enough.  WE moan.  God has withheld what we wanted. No, what we needed.  This is not fair.  This God– can’t be good!
  7. I look in the mirror, and if I’m fiercely blunt–what I have, who I am, where I am, how I am, what I’ve got-this simply isn’t enough.  And so I live the doubt, look at my reflection, and ask: Does God really love me? If He truly, deeply loved me, why does He withhold that which I believe will fully nourish me? He must not want me to be happy.” (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts)
  8. Our eyes were already opened when God made us.  But we believe the lie. “In the day you eat from it, your eyes will be opened” (Genesis 3:5).  But we were already perfect in vision–able to see a world spilling over with God’s goodness.  We saw God in His truest form: good!  This “more” we are lured to go “see” by the serpent’s deception was the ugliness we hadn’t beheld, the sinfulness we hadn’t witnessed and the loss we hadn’t known.
  9. We eat. And in an instant, we are blind!
  10. No longer do we see God as one we can trust.  Our sight is peppered with black holes.  We hide.  We are ashamed.  We are afraid.  We are naked and we know it.
  11. Satan. He turns our eyes from the remaining paradise.  Our gaze was fixed on what God said we couldn’t have. We coveted and took it anyway.  And now, everywhere we look, we see a world of lack, a universe of loss, scarcity, and injustice.  All we seem to see is what isn’t.
  12. Yet, God–full of holy goodness! From the moment HE bent low and breathed His life into the dust of our lungs, since He kissed us into being, God’s intention has never been to orchestrate our ruin.  In spite our doubting Him in exchange for the deception Satan offered at the garden; has HE not rather from the very beginning had a secret purpose to bring us to our full glory?!
  13. GRATITUDE is how our stories can be rewritten! Endless blessings abound ALL around us… the more we awaken to them, the more we will realize just what a multi-million generous God we have on our side~!

Perfect Peace. Provision. Grace. Unmerited favor. Undeserved kindness. JOY~

Thank You - JJI


  1. Time alone with God!
  2. The gift of prayer
  3. To be understood
  4. To be heard
  5. To be invited
  6. To be free
  7. Hope for tomorrow
  8. Avocados, baby spinach in a wrap
  9. A loving husband
  10. A daughter I absolutely love
  11. Another daughter, that I absolutely love
  12. Ten toes
  13. Two eyes
  14. The gift of literacy
  15. Grace!  Abundant-amazing-carrying GRACE!
  16. Peace with GOD
  17. Popcorn (skinny pop)
  18. Pay
  19. A keyboard
  20. A mouse (wireless)
  21. A good pen
  22. Coca-Cola Life
  23. Pleasant colleagues
  24. Safety on the road (NJ – GA) family
  25. Retouched workspace
  26. A smile. One more and another!
  27. A good team
  28. Innovation.  Cutting edge. An invitation. Front row seat. A taste of what’s new
  29. Pandora ~ A gift!
  30. The gift of a BRAND new day (8.16.17)
  31. Alternative Fuel Licence Plate πŸ™‚
  32. Peach-pass access
  33. Peter Tsukahira – Israel
  34. Sally & John Howard – A good friend
  35. The Kingdom of God!
  36. God’s Choices
  37. Rewards
  38. Curriculum Night
  39. S8
  40. A wonderful devotion
  41. The 10 Commandments
  42. The gift of understanding
  43. The gift of literacy
  44. The gift of faith
  45. The blessing of learning
  46. The blessing of teaching
  47. My Father’s Business
  48. WEMA
  49. God’s neighbor!
  50. A Coral blouse; matching earrings πŸ™‚
  51. A worn out jean jacket–still works!
  52. Feedback.  Trusted feedback
  53. Peace
  54. SALVATION. Mine!
  55. Salvation – a good good friend!
  56. Clarity
  57. A red chair
  58. Smartwater
  59. WordPress
  60. Gmail
  61. The gift of a brand new day! A marvelous solar eclipse Monday~! 8.21.17
  62. Journey turns 6-yrs old today πŸ™‚ A gift; a grace!  A Good, good God…..
  63. The gift of a free executive lunch
  64. SO many good vegetables~
  65. A good pair of comfy sneakers
  66. A kind sister
  67. My little cousin – now growing!
  68. A guided survivor; a true blessing…….
  69. The gift of time
  70. A group picture with the PF
  71. An answered prayer
  72. Hope
  73. Success!  A good event
  74. Good friends; a blessed reunion!
  75. A new hairdo πŸ™‚ even that is grace…
  76. A good good friend
  77. A good good sister (many)
  78. Prayers, well wishes and kind notes for Journey πŸ™‚
  79. A menu unfolding
  80. A good offer; one more!!
  81. A quiet day ~ I get caught up…. thank you!
  82. The gift of a brand NEW day – 9.7.17
  83. Tauren Wells – Hills & Valleys
  84. A new seating area
  85. Greek Festival πŸ™‚
  86. Joy is always possible!
  87. A helpful colleague…………………
  88. Grace! So much grace
  89. Baptism – Outdoor service; green-green grass; testimonies!
  90. Sarah!
  91. The marvelous gift of a brand new day! 9.19.2017
  92. Joy is now 8yrs old; enjoying her first month of being 8 πŸ™‚
  93. Blessing my socks off!
  94. Thrilled to have joined chorus… makes us all overflow w/joy for Joy πŸ™‚
  95. A loose tooth; little miss Journey–her first month of being 6!
  96. Finally a top center tooth–growth pain — it’s loose Mommy πŸ™‚
  97. DIVINE, 2017 (Gainesville, GA)
  98. Lisa Harper – on Gomer, Hosea and God’s plan for the wayward
  99. Beth Redman – A true favorite. A tender heart.  A matriarch of mercy
  100. Laying the table. A nurse in haste.  Unaware of the covenant. Worried. Fearful
  101. Responsible for the crippling of a prince; he was covered!
  102. David and Jonathan had taken care of Mephibosheth’s future — what a truth
  103. Our God has done the same.  We’re not to be fearful. Covered under the Covenant
  104. The INTERVAL – 4 days in the grave, Lazarus (you will see the glory of God)
  105. Believe in the interval!
  106. Peter=>Faith; James=>Hope; John=>Love!
  107. We’re not planning a funeral; we’re planning a wedding!
  108. Guarding the boundary — a miracle is in progress πŸ™‚
  109. Charlotte Gambill (England) – What a gift! A new favorite
  110. Setting her up to WIN
  111. Naomi and Ruth: Favor must be shared!
  112. A light bulb and a lamp-stand
  113. The 2 things Satan wants to keep separate: your potential AND your purpose
  114. David, up on the hill
  115. Kid to King
  116. Silence the Saboteurs
  117. The voice of limitation. The voice of manipulation. The voice of intimidation.
  118. A new beginning.  Let’s start over.
  119. A vow never to use my words to tear down my sister. Build her up!
  120. Joy and Journey: Little flower-girls-to-be πŸ™‚
  121. Absolutely delighted for a friend
  122. Absolutely delighted for a sister
  123. Absolutely delighted for what God is doing in His people’s lives
  124. The gift of folding sheets! A season of mercy
  125. Heart Like Heaven; Hillsong (10.11.17)– Passion worthy of your name!!!!!!!
  126. Love On The Line – Hillsong (10.11.17)–You put your love on the line; so good to know you understand!
  127. Open Heaven; Holy Spirit Rain–River wild in me, break upon my despondency…
  128. Consume me. Burn all that isn’t yours. I surrender. To your glory. For your glory. Holy Spirit, burn like a fire. Consume me… consume me… consume me…
  129. Crush over me. Restore me. Here in your presence.
  130. The gift of a negative force. Unspoiled. Purifies & pushes the soul.
  131. Your love towers over me! And I love it.
  132. Gracious tempest in the sea… surround me like a storm!! A hurricane
  133. Flood my heart again; surround me like an ocean…………………………….
  134. A raging sea; immerse me….. your unending grace
  135. Save my soul
  136. Your love is like a storm…………………….
  137. Render powerless everything the enemy has sought to render me powerless
  138. Psalm 116 – Our God is full of compassion
  139. Be at rest once more oh my soul; for the LORD has been good to you
  140. Our LORD is gracious and righteous
  141. The LORD protects the simple-hearted
  142. Your love towers over me Gracious tempest in the sea surround me like a storm let it flood my heart again surround me like an ocean Your love is crushing over me It’s surging like a raging sea immerse me in the waters of your love the downpour of unending love You’ve saved my soul your love is like a storm The LORD is gracious and righteous our God is full of compassion The LORD protects the simple-hearted When I was in great need, HE saved me Be at rest once more Oh my soul; for the LORD has been good to you For you oh’ LORD have delivered my soul from death; my eyes from tears; my faith from stumbling. That I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living
  143. Deal with ingratitude. Or you will never know a fulfilled life. 10/12/17
  144. Eucharisteo (gratitude) ALWAYS precedes the miracle! Always.
  145. ThanksLiving
  146. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. A good thought.
  147. Knowing what we now know (about the sweetness of Jesus, the reality of hell, the pain of the cross and what Jesus suffered to make a way for us to never die or go there); I can now understand why God would be “pleading through us” as His ambassadors.
  148. LORD, I thank you that you WILL leave the 99 in search of my beloved brother for whose soul my heart has labored daily in prayer before you to reach and save.
  149. No farmer would plant anything if the harvest was not always greater than the seed planted.
  150. Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! (John 4; Jesus)
  151. God is gracious to all men. Whether they realize it or not, or whether they ever give thanks to Him for His provisions or not.  He gives life to all, breath to all living things and rain from heaven–for ALL. Freely. Daily.
  152. But what is God’s indictment against mankind? IT is namely that “Because though they knew God, they glorified HIM not as God, neither were they thankful…” (Romans 1:21). They are guilty of ingratitude.
  153. Nothing can be greater than this because nothing is greater than this! God so loved the world that HE gave. Not just anything, but HIS very best. HIS only begotten Son!
  154. The Father gives salvation to all who do nothing more than believe on HIS Son. What a GIFT!
  155. For God sent not HIS Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through HIM might be saved. (John 3)
  156. And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1 John 5:9-12)
  157. Carson Wentz – Eagles Quarterback! πŸ™‚
  158. Ephesians 2!!
  159. You must receive it God’s way or you will not receive it at all
  160. It is a GIFT. Lest any man should boast. ONLY Believe.
  161. Had we brought nothing (the English Bible, the English language, the Common Law, and the Tradition of Liberty) with us across the sea beside this supreme Book, we might still have been great. Without this Book, America could not have become what she is and when she loses its guidance and wisdom, she will be America no more (Lawrence; The 7 Laws of The Harvest)
  162. Did we bring the Bible to these shores? Did it not rather bring us?
  163. From those beginnings until now the Bible has been a teacher to our best men, a rebuke to our worst, and a noble companion to us all.
  164. It has been said that South America was settled by the Spanish, who came to that land in search of gold, but North America was settled by the Pilgrim Fathers, who came in search of God. That is what made the difference (page 23)
  165. The gift of a brand NEW day! 10.13.17
  166. A Blessed Friday!!!!!!!
  167. A desire for my LORD…………….
  168. Grateful for the identity I received when I became your daughter (1992)
  169. Grateful for the time you took to show me, to train me, to school me, to make me your student… what a great start!
  170. An amazing foundation of faith
  171. The balance of delivery. A gumbo of imperfect teachers who make a beautiful mosaic
  172. It’s your church! I love the body of Christ. Make us Unified and unafraid!
  173. Wages! Good wages. Blessings to run the home.
  174. Good friends. Really good ones. SO many of them. GIFTS
  175. A good husband. Hardworking. Kind. A loving father. Thoughtful!
  176. Two helpful daughters. And they read so well. A blessing to behold; thank you!
  177. A kind sister in law. Beautiful. A good friend~
  178. As the twig is bent; so grows the tree — contemplative listening.
  179. The fear of God is clean
  180. Trembling at your word – a good, good Father!
  181. A car that rides well
  182. HOV access and the free Peach-pass lane. Thank you!
  183. A charging station at work; free. A gift
  184. Thank you for good health
  185. For sending help from your throne for the Philadelphia Eagles last night – the strength of Carson + team! πŸ™‚
  186. For the love and gratitude, I feel towards you this morning.
  187. For a flight ticket for a sister who needed one. For going before her. For the mountain that has been spoken to and for the MOVING, it will do.
  188. Ideas for life.
  189. A willing recommend-er. A good friend. A sister in the faith. A willing Vice President
  190. To give back from what you have given us!
  191. For the mission field — the souls coming into the kingdom ==> Eternal Life!
  192. Grace……………….
  193. To know this: Jesus I need you (Hillsong)
  194. Gratitude truly is the foremost quality of a believing disciple precisely because gratitude is what births trust… the true belief (AV; 1000 Gifts)
  195. ARTWORK
  196. Three breathing plants
  197. Candler School of Theology – EMORY
  198. Soul Doctors
  199. Paid Bills
  200. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12)
  201. Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34)
  202. If truth be not diffused, error will be! (Daniel Webster)
  203. The Gospel is only good news if it gets there in time (Carl F.H. Henry)
  204. Piper, John: balance on wealth and the preacher (what wisdom!) thank you…
  205. Day 1 (10.16.17) the first 7 or the 63 hours of prayer; an honor to bow (low)
  206. In Christ, we are always, always, always safe
  207. To the enfleshed yes who said yes to this moment and yes to last year’s illness and yes to the cracks of my childhood and yes to the nail and yes to my name in the Book of Life, hear me say YES! (AV, 1000 Gifts)
  208. Breakthroughs in the Bible do not come to people who do not seek them
  209. An important interview in NY – the grace of an open door
  210. Tristi – something new + beautiful for her this week
  211. Unexpected blessings @ Sam’s // without even looking; led of you my LORD (Thank You So Much!!!)
  212. Thank you for (clarity, direction, guidance, your leadership, and provision)
  213. RESTORE power, please Dear LORD // the personification of PR (lost power)
  214. The ONLY wise God!
  215. No question of your greatness…
  216. Be born in me; Francesca Battistelli
  217. I’m gonna be ready! Yolanda Adams
  218. Sight beyond what I see. You know what’s best for me. Prepare my mind, prepare my heart. For whatever comes, I’m gone’ be ready. Strength to pass any test.
    I feel like I’m so blessed. With you in control, I can’t go wrong. ‘Cause I always know
    I’m gonna be ready. So use me as you will. I’ll pay the price. ‘Cause made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s all because of you that I even have life. And I’ll give my love as a tribute to how great you are…
  219. The Cash app; thank you!
  220. Gloria’s kindness! thank you……………………………………….
  221. Day 3 (10.18.17) grateful to God for His sustaining grace!
  222. Number 3; Gideon; Rocksoul — Grace, much MUCH grace…
  223. A trusted Savior! A confidant! The MOST Gracious!
  224. Breakfast Potatoes
  225. A husband who prepared dinner and took care of homework! A gift to me…
  226. A good biscuit πŸ™‚
  227. Grace to write………………. to the glory and the honor of God’s name
  228. The story of the 2 blind men (Matthew 9) Son of David; Have Mercy on us – and HE did!
  229. Safe ride to work. A blessing!
  230. Prayer for Tristi: Lord do for her (something new and beautiful) this week.
  231. 15yrs @ The Coca-Cola Company; your amazing faithfulness! Truly grateful…
  232. Awe! Pure awe…………. the morning of 10.22.17 (lifted up) a Holy Place! Day 7
  233. Jesus Is Coming Back Soon!
  234. Purple letters on a SOLID ROCK (unscrambled); a volt quickly shut! I gasp.
  235. Speaking the words of life…
  236. Remove your shoes // A very holy place!
  237. Satan cannot bear the name of JESUS…
  238. I rejoice! I know a NAME!
  239. 10.23.17 – The Philadelphia Eagles, they WIN — again!  Thank you, God…
  240. You will leave the 99 in search of the 1. I absolutely LOVE you, LORD!
  241. I AIM
  242. God, you bless; yet again! A good day for Newton. He drives…..! We give thanks.
  243. A 15th Anniversary Lunch! A good quality meal. Thai food; massaman (chicken) I smile. I give thanks!  Honored. Blessed. Loved. Grateful.
  244. 10.24.17 — We head to NY!
  245. The God whom we thank for fulfilling the promises of the past will fulfill His promises again. In Christ, the answer to the questions of every moment is always yes.  The answer is always YES!
  246. Can we go somewhere?! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ — So heartwarming!
  247. A gratitude walk; remembering! Reinforcing and Reclaiming lost ground…….
  248. Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous (Prov 13:21)
  249. He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm (Prov 13:20)
  250. A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous (Prov 13:22)
  251. Honored to have no other god but Y A H W E H ~
  252. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat
  253. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink
  254. I was a stranger & you invited me in
  255. I needed clothes and you clothed me
  256. I was sick & you looked after me
  257. I was in prison and you came to visit me
  258. I tell you the truth: whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me…
  259. I wisdom, dwell together w/prudence. I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil
  260. I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Prov 8:12-13)
  261. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
  262. Rutgers School of Communication and Information
  263. Master of Communication and Media
  264. Alli @ Rutgers
  265. Mark
  266. Victor
  267. Susan
  268. The GIFT of a BRAND New YEAR!!! 2018 (Thank You, Dear LORD!)
  269. The precious, precious gift of the remarkable~only SON of God!
  270. The very desired gift of solitude and silence – thank you, God! A deep breath.
  271. I know that you are for me!
  272. I know that you will NEVER forsake me in my weakness. My heart bows in reverence and gratitude! I take a very deep-deep breath! You will help me.
  273. I will never leave thee! What an assurance. (Hebrews 13:5)
  274. SEVEN daily Chapters!
  275. Clarity. A gift!
  276. This is why (I) love (YOU) my precious, precious LORD! You love me………………… (me)
  277. Forgiveness. To overlook an offense. To rid myself of bitterness. To release the offender. To bless the offender. Thank you!
  278. Room in my THOUGHTS for the God I love……………..  Renewed mind. What a blessing! What a gift.
  279. The EAGLE!!!!!!!
  280. We’re going to LIVE………………..
  281. We’re gonna be okay……………………
  282. All is well!
  283. Blessed beyond measure………………………….
  284. Perfected in LOVE!
  285. No greater assurance. A stake in the ground. THIS IS HOME! 1.9.18
  286. Dangerous and FULLY Awake! …if necessary DEADLY!  Lisa Bevere – 1.11.18
  287. Nurturing. Capable. Virtuous!
  288. Winners take action.
  289. I trust you. FULLY!
  290. Small deposits consistently for the past 25-years to now enable a very large withdrawal! I love it, precious JESUS — I Love it!
  291. Chines Bamboo: plant it. year 1; nothing above ground level. year 2 nothing above ground level, year 3 nothing above ground level, year 4, nothing above ground level… BUT year FIVE!!!  80 feet above ground level………………….. it grows!!  So what was happening all those years beneath the surface? The bamboo was developing a MASSIVE root system, that would eventually be able to uphold the growth of this MIGHTY Bamboo!!!!  Absolutely powerful……..
  292. Get ready. God is getting ready to GROW your life out of control!
  293. Manti to his teacher: You can keep the “F” I’ll hold on to my dream!!!!!!! And HE DID.
  294. I passed the test!  O’ the pleasure of passing God’s greatest tests………………
  295. Faithful you have been; faithful you will be!
  296. To move into HIS presence and listed to HIS love unending–and to know the grace (uncontainable). This is the vault of the miracles. The only thing that can change us, the world, is this; all HIS love (Ann Voskamp)
  297. That Christ has regarded my helpless estate and pardoned my sin AND shed His own blood for my soul. So very grateful!  Thank you, LORD…
  298. My sin (not in part) but the whole; is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more. Praise the LORD, Praise the LORD O my soul!!!!!!!!
  299. I hear the Savior say: your strength indeed is small. But I got you!!  Thank you LORD.
  300. In the INTERVAL: Boundaries are wise. He took only (Peter, James & John). Faith, Hope and Love. The rest HE put out. A boundary to protect and guard the miracle in progress. wise!
  301. The purest place. Keep me here. In the center of your heart! (Watermark) I love this!  The center of your heart–that’s where I belong.
  302. My very present help in time of need.
  303. You say that I am FREE! I’ll take it.  Thank you…………………………………..
  304. See!!  The WORD is working!
  305. Vision comes 1st; provision comes later. Go after your dream. God WILL provide!
  306. Vague goals produce vague results
  307. Thank You - JJI
  308. THIS God of Israel; what can I say of HIM……………………………..    2.6.2018
  309. Trusted. Faithful. THE Promise Keeper!
  310. He gave The Philadephia Eagles the victory I asked of Him!!!!!!!
  311. Their 1st Superbowl Championship ever — this was for a Son. A friend!
  312. We prayed for a year (daily) — use this (football) to show him that you hear and answer prayer. And you did! I cannot thank you enough… God of Israel, I LOVE you!
  313. Give me an undivided heart that I may fear your great name! (Psalm 86:11)
  314. Rid me of these 3 treacherous sins. May they never find a home in me. Pride, Ingratitude, Idolatry
  315. Luke 17:19 Jesus restores ten lepers to wholeness. And only one returns to offer any thanks…
  316. Your faith has made you well. Meaning; whole! He got (healing + salvation), the rest only healing–they would need more healing later. Give thanks, O’ my soul! In everything.
  317. Acknowledgement: I received your letter
  318. Mending. I am willing.
  319. I withhold no forgiveness. Freely I have been forgiven, freely I forgive (every person, every hurt, every pain). You are my example. You do it so well precious Savior of my soul! thank you…
  320. Salvation for a dear friend! To his house also.
  321. The voice of the LORD breaks cedars. The voice of the LORD twists the Oaks (Ps 29)
  322. I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart (Jeremiah 1:5) // 2.12.2018
  323. Gratitude bestows reverence – JOHN MILTON
  324. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out! (Romans 11:33)
  325. The gift of a brand new day
  326. Time alone with God. SOO so very fulfilling!
  327. Elijah. Mount Carmel. The ONLY true and living God. Revealed!
  328. The Ravens will feed you.
  329. The widow will provide for you.
  330. The drought will end @ your own word!
  331. Miracles make clear who the true God is.
  332. Sunday. Funday! Chili cookoff : )
  333. Mountainview High School!
  334. God of rest!
  335. Difficult grace…
  336. More difficult grace…
  337. Lunch with a good friend!
  338. News: Baby Madison (8lbs 10oz) – Adoption!
  339. Success requires payment (in full; in advance) never later–always beforehand!
  340. Let there be light (6.13.18)
  341. Emanuel James Rohn – 77,777 (5.15.18)
  342. Now’s the time to fix the next 10 years!
  343. Whatever you do not employ, you forfeit (*_*)
  344. Lack of use causes loss
  345. What you don’t use you loose
  346. To change any problem, you need an idea
  347. There isn’t any problem an idea cannot change
  348. Every action is preceded by a goal
  349. Every goal is preceded by a dream
  350. Think about the end before any major decision
  351. Everything is created twice
  352. I want the world to be better because I was here
  353. Begin with the end in mind
  354. How do you want your life to end?
  355. Synergy: heart, stomach, brain (all work together) even though alone they are important (productive synergy)
  356. All things are possible to those who believe; not those who hope!
  357. Kingdom focused
  358. Seven Hebrew words for (PRAISE) – My goodness!!! !!! !
  359. Yadah: worship with extended hand “pick me up, I am all yours”
  360. Halal: Hallelujah, to make a show, to boast, to celebrate, to rave of the LORD, to shine, to stultify (make a fool of oneself)
  361. Tehillah: a spontaneous new song, unrehearsed song. Erupting from deeds and attributes and qualities of God
  362. Towdah: praise as a sacrifice before reception of an answer. Agreeing with God that IT IS AS HE says it is!!! Lifting up my right hand into God’s extended right hand
  363. Zamar: music accompanied with instruments, strings, striking the fingers, drums
  364. Barak: to kneel, to bless, to bow in the presence of a King. Adoration!
  365. Shabach: volume triumph, loud adoration… a holy Roar!!! To SHOUT (your whole being; totally uninhibited)
  366. Thank you so much, Dear LORD for the gift of JULY! You are so gracious and kind.
  367. 10 years of marriage. Pure grace! Your grace….
  368. Back to school shopping (clothes, shoes, supplies) you supply; once more–thank you!
  369. New teachers. Good school. A place to call home. Blessings untold!
  370. The birthing of a new tiny miracle of a dream!
  371. To see the God of Israel at work……………..
  372. Help (to the second) a long, long gift into a short short gift πŸ™‚
  373. A much needed 30% off. A blessing to hang HIGH like your Son on the cross
  374. Made in the image and likeness of God!? What an honor. What a GIFT! Why us?
  375. Singing daughters. A joy to behold. A prayer answered!
  376. Peace of mind
  377. Good rest. Much, much needed rest!
  378. A God who can be trusted! Yesterday today and forevermore……………..
  379. Reliable, unfailing, faithful to the very end—the God of JACOB!!! Happy to have Him as (my) GOD.
  380. Pressing through to VICTORY!
  381. Wholehearted seeing! A sure finding on the way…………………………….. VOLUME
  382. Provision. Supplying of ALL of our needs. Jehovah JIREH–the LORD God our provider.
  383. A new season underway! The old is gone; BEHOLD a new has come! A good God…
  384. The expectation of the righteous shall not be cut off!
  385. The people who know their God SHALL be strong!
  386. Be STRONG and courageous; for the LORD your God will be with you EVERYWHERE you go!
  387. A holy disconnect!
  388. Paying the FULL price! The grace to pay it in spite the very difficult grace. But HE is worth it!
  389. Good health! Good Strength! Good Mind. Sound mind. A soul in a good place w/God! A true gift, thank you God of heaven!
  390. The grace to cook a good home cooked meal. Beautiful girls who enjoy every bit of it! Thank you God. Not all have food. Not all have a table. Not all have a family. Not all have a roof over their heads. Not all have an income. Not all have love. Not all have Christ! Oh the DEPTHS of the riches of your grace and love……………………. how unsearchable!! Thank you!!!!
  391. Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Green Grapes, Kiwi’s, Cherries, Oranges, Apples, Bananas…. Oh my!! All here, all for us–the work of your hand. You thought of us! What LOVE is this!? thank you………………..
  392. Don’t be afraid to dream BIG! πŸ™‚
  393. Music………………………. what a BIG, BIG, Gigantic word to unpack!! Your vastness, your creativity (YOURS) so rich, beyond what I can fathom with my finite mind. I LOVE you…………………….
  394. The birthplace of an AWAKENING
  395. A remnant that seeks the face of God.
  396. The priesthood in good standing with the KING……
  397. Strength to press forward, upward, onward!
  399. A baptism of courage
  401. My heart, there is a lesson sweetly taught to you in the ceaseless song of Zion’s temple. You are a constant debtor; therefore see to it that your gratitude, like charity, never fails. God’s praise is constant in heaven, which is to be your final dwelling-place; so learn to practice the eternal hallelujah. Around the earth as the sun scatters its light, its beams awaken grateful believers to tune their morning hymn, so that by the priesthood of the saints perpetual praise is kept up at all hours; they surround our globe in a mantle of thanksgiving and girdle it with a golden belt of song (C.H. Spurgeon // Alister Begg)
  402. I have learned to place myself before God every day as a vessel to be filled with his Holy Spirit. He has filled me with the blessed assurance that HE, as the everlasting God, has guaranteed his own work in me. – Andrew Murray (9.5.18)
  403. There are three distinctive marks of the man who has been influenced by Jesus Christ: poise, simplicity, peace. – Francis Greenwood Peabody (9.6.18)
  404. God never burglarizes the human will.  He may long to come in and help, but he will never cross the picket line of our unwillingness. – James Jauncey
  405. No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it won’t work!
  406. No; the wise man knows that the sun must reveal itself, and only by its own blaze can that mighty orb be seen. It is the same with Christ. “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!” He said to Peter. “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in heaven.” Purify flesh and blood by any educational process you may select, elevate mental faculties to the highest degree of intellectual power, yet none of these can reveal Christ.
  407. We must move from asking God to take care of the things that are breaking our hearts, to praying about the things that are breaking HIS heart. M Gibb
  408. He was perfect because he never made a move without his Father. – Tom Skinner
  409. Simplicity isn’t a matter of circumstances β€” it’s a matter of focus. And a Simple Christmas β€” simply focuses on Christ… (Ann Voskamp)
  410. A life Audit! Absolutely (12.3.18)
  411. The focus to simplify. automate. eliminate.
  412. The GOOD news from a GOOD-GOOD Father!
  413. A season of change
  414. A season of faith
  415. An amazing grace!
  416. And here we stand, at the very end of another year. And you O’ God of heaven have been faithful. So faithful indeed. I cannot say just how much! 12.31.2019
  417. I bow in reverence. I bow in gratitude. So many gifts. So many graces. So much love. 
  418. Thank you for your protection, your peace, your patience with me, your power at work in me, your provision for me and my family, your presence that I would not give up in exchange for a big payout, your precious, precious Holy Spirit who teaches me, guides me, corrects me, disciplines me and shows me the way that I should go!
  419. Dear God of Heaven, thank you!!!

420. That nothing we do is more important than helping people get to heaven.

421. The gift of a brand NEW day — July 7th, 2020

422. Thank you for by beloved Mom, Sally! She would have been 71 today! — 7/7/20

423. Thank you for her seven girls; my sister’s and I.

424. Thank you for a loving husband, for the beautiful bouquet of red roses this morning!

425. Thank you for my little girls Joy and Journey. O’ how they are growing! Healthy and wise.

426. For the difficult graces in our nation. For how it hurts, humbles and at times humiliates.

427. For the miracle of provision in the midst of a pandemic. That the oil and the flour have not run out. And this is grace!

428. For supernatural provision. An open heaven. A timely blessing. The fulfillment of your word!

429. F.B. Meyer on Samuel. O’ so rich!

430. F.B. Meyer on Elijah. A wealth of wisdom. I can’t say just how much!

431. F.B Meyer on Joshua and the land of promise. O’ my…………. the depths of your riches, how unsearchable.

432. Don’t fear them! A word of comfort from your heart to mine. And how I needed it!

433. For vision to lead.

434. For my daily bread.

435. For peace in our nation (fragmented/broken/divided) but you our peace. You hold us together.

436. For JosiahKids–year 3! We seek your guidance. We pray for your leadership. You’ve been so good to us. For the 2 years you’ve given us so far. Thank you, Abba Father–THANK YOU!!!

437. For JosiahJude. For the student of your ways. A place. A well to draw from!

438. For John MacArthur. For the difficult grace. To hear the articles. Even this is grace.

439. For your heart! O’ how it comforts me. Your love for the poor. Your love for justice. Your concern for the downcast. Your passion for righteousness. But you came to us; ugly sinners. Yet you came.

440. A light to the gentiles. Hope for a dying world. Salvation for the lost. I pray that you will open the eyes of the blind and you do. I love you. You are MIGHTY to save. I thank you!

441. My hiding place. My refuge. My very present help in my time of need.

442. You go through Samaria! To see about the shunned. And my heart loves you even more. Beautiful JESUS. Make me more like you My LORD.

443. And who is my neighbor? Yes, him. The one. The despised. The Samaritan. Again, it is the Samaritan who stops to care the wound of the hurting. It is the Samaritan who returns to say thank you, it is the Samaritan who takes the good news to her town and the whole city is saved. Let me be numbered with the Samaritan. Let me be lowly and kind to the sinner. As you were numbered with the transgressors, I will be honored to stand with and be numbered with them my LORD.

444. God of promise!

445. God of covenant!

446. God of fulfillment!

447. God of timing!

448. God of purpose!

449. So grateful to know you. To know your heart. To know you is to LOVE you!

450. I am waiting upon you My LORD.

451. Like Moses: I pray that your presence will go with me/us. Without you, the going is not worth. I can’t do it without you, neither do I want to. I need you LORD. Go before me AND keep me. Hide me under the shadow of your wing.

452. El Chanun ~ The Most Gracious God!