"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." – Psalm 9:1
Recently, I was organizing greeting cards from my family and friends, as well as old photos taken after I won the little Brownie camera in first grade. I paused to count the small blessings...thankful for the little things, like the friendship quilt made in 1927 for my shunned Grandma Ada by the women in her husband's first congregation and the ficus tree I managed to bring back to life with God's help after my mother passed away and Daddy forgot to water. The little New Testament given to me by a 90-year-old church friend years ago. And, oh, the very creative cards my sister, Barbie, makes, which I've saved for decades.
I thanked God for the New England hikes I've been blessed to enjoy, the lone red leaf brought home in a book recently, the dearest smile on our younger daughter, Janie's face when we visited her and her brother last week. The seemingly minuscule blessings, which accumulate through the years, amidst the challenges in all our lives—the loss of loved ones, struggles with health, and the disappointments, too.
Today, and every day, let's offer our sincerest gratitude to our heavenly Father for each and every blessing, great and small.
Wishing you a reflective season of gratitude!
Writing Update: My autumn visit to Lancaster County Amish farmland was partially spent gathering more information (and photos) for my Fall 2020 novel, The Stone Wall, which I'll be revising and polishing this month. Perfect timing! Also, my wonderful publisher has recently offered me another 3-book contract, I'm happy to share with you! So, I've been making notes for my Fall 2021 novel, yet unnamed, but will likely take place in that beloved setting of Hickory Hollow...with a well-loved character. Stay tuned for more on this exciting news!