Monday, January 9, 2012

The Beauty of Gratitude

As the crisp January air is all around, I'm cozy inside my sweet little yellow house with the white wrap-around porch. The very one that I happened to whisper to God about in a prayer, saying it was the house of my dreams. And there it a town I never imaged I would live in. And here I am inside its cheerful walls, with a cup of hot tea in my hand and soulful inspiring music playing in the background. My heart is ever so happy. He truly does know the desires of our hearts and in His time, if they are meant for us and His plan for us, He brings them to us or us to them. They may not be exactly as one dreamed, but they will be what you need and perfect per His plan.

He amazes me all the time. In the big and little. In the people in my life. In my husband and children. In beauty of nature. In music. In His Word. It all reminds me there is so much more to be grateful for in this life, than things to worry and fret about. So many blessings and so many reasons to shout to the Lord with joy. Even though we all have trials, hardships and even a bad day now and again, deep down there is so much more good, beauty and wonder out there. I recently stumbled upon a blog and author, Ann Voskamp, that I have come to quite adore. I love her simplicity. I think I might just take her dare... I just ordered the book. It's on the way from Amazon. Can't wait to blog about my ponderings as I read. Here's to One Thousand Gifts in 2012.


  1. Loooooove you and your writing!!!

  2. Jen,

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by Krista's Kitchen. :)

    I loved this post! I am thankful that in the hustle and bustle of everyday life I have often found myself in moments like the one you described, relishing in the beauty of life, and so grateful to God for the many blessings we are given.

    To answer your question, I am teaching cooking/personal development/life skills to serious juvenile offenders in the hope to rehabilitate/prepare them for life "on the outside" before they are released. Some aspects are certainly challenging, but I am grateful for this opportunity to potentially make a positive difference!

    Off to check out Ms. Voskamp's blog. Thanks for the tip.