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Gratitude in the Valley


The Peasant Family, by Josef Israëls

Having a gratitude attitude when a table is full and your heart is merry is easy; but there are certain seasons in life when the Lord leads you to the valley. You know it is His hand  leading you into trial, and you don't want to go.

Our friend is dying; doctors say her brain is not working that she doesn't feel anything, yet she has tears and her heart beat raises when she hears her husband's voice or when her daughter in law lays her hand on her womb carrying her first granddaughter.

How do you find words of gratitude here?

Our friends do not know the Word of Life. They do not  know Grace. I cried. I prayed. But couldn't find gratitude words.

I am home now, my heart aches, my husband holds me tight and it is then that I think how gratitude also finds a way through tears and the holding of  hands of those hurting and whose hope is on images of saints. Isn't this what I have taught my children so many times? Give thanks to God in the valley, through tears and pain raise your voice and count His blessings.

824.  Being able to hold my hopeless friend's hands.

825. Crying with those who cry.

826. Praying in the quiet.

829. Common Grace flowing in a hospital.

830. Doctors.

831. The mystery of the human brain.

832. Reminders of how weak we are.

833. Coffee and donuts.

834. Kleenex.

836. Muttering prayers.

837. The family table.

838. Conversations around the table.

839. A kitchen full with my children talking about their day.

840. My mom's great  recovery from her broken wrist.

841. A kiss in the car.

842. Words to encourage friends in distress.

843. Being a phone call away from my sister.

844. Studying Philippians. What a treasure it has been!

845. Memory projects completed.

846. Having hope during the trials.

847.  Sloppy Joes on Sunday

848. Life in a clay pot.

849. Studying with diligence.

850. A house full of music.

851. Flowers bathed in morning light.

852. Being able to think.

853. Finding a way with words.

How do you praise God in the Valley?

More on Gratitude:

My Favorite List every Monday
Yes, I will Open the Box
Gratitude Monday, Borrowed Words


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