Counting to 1,000 (645-676)

“I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.”

Psalm 35:18


Happy 4th of July! Let’s thank God today, not just for the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S., but also for our freedom from sin. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are no longer captives to sin. What freedom!

Continuing my list of one thousand gifts this week — #645 is the best gift so far!

645. her meeting with the pastor about her upcoming baptism (Oh! What joy for those whose hope is in the name of the Lord!)

646. the two free books earned from Barnes & Noble — because they love to read

647. new friends at swim camp

648. a picnic lunch on the patio at the Arboretum

649. sunny, 70-degree weather

650. water lilies and tadpoles

651. how she longs for her sketchbook and colored pencils

652. catching the rose garden at peak bloom

653. girls in white dresses

654. her fascination with finding sticks

655. the smooth, curved edges of the oak leaves

656. the mighty oak that stretches its branches so far and wide, giving us shade

657. just breathing the sweet, intoxicating smell of the roses

658. roses, roses and more roses

659. little girls in the rose garden

660. a second, same-day trip to the rose garden, with camera and sketchbooks in tow

661. how wild they run in the lush grass

662. the sunlight that turns hair and grass and everything golden

662. watching and learning from sisterly love as it blooms

663. a short wait and a wise doctor at urgent care

664. medicine and insurance and the healing that comes from Jehovah Rophe, the Lord Who Heals and Restores

665. the little one who diligently prays for her big sister to recover

666. air conditioning on a hot, humid day

667. news of Annie’s birth

668. God’s faithful protection over him as he launches the sailboat

669. shelter from the severe wind storm that brings in cooler weather

670. how the clouds glow after the storm passes over

671. the first sail of the season

672. a 5-year-old’s prayer for wisdom

673. captivating clouds at sunset

674. lessons in contentment and God’s provision

675. reading John 4:7 after giving water and popsicles to the men working hard in the heat

676. hydrangeas blooming on the patio

7 thoughts on “Counting to 1,000 (645-676)

  1. Dear Diana,

    I stopped over here from Ann’s. You posted right before me today and I try every Monday to meet the person who posts before and after me. This way I get to know the Multitudes a bit. I am amazed to see these wonderful summer pictures of Minnesota. I was there in the winter once and it was bitter cold and it left me with the impression that Minnesota is always at least a bit cool. By the looks of your daughters’ sun dresses and the beautiful roses you must get some lovely summer weather there.

    It was good dropping by here. Many of the things on the list describing yourself are passions of mine, as well. As I went down the bullets, I kept saying yes, yes, check!

    God bless you,

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Dawn. Yes, it does get hot here! We had a very unusual 103 degrees F last month, which is quite a range when you think about the -25 we had in February. My daughters always announce the temperature followed by “above zero” — even in the summer. God bless you! -Diana

  2. it’s such an advantage that you are giving your daughters – to know the one true God – to not have to figure it out on their own. I know – I just know that they can see the faith in you – and they will – THEY WILL copy their mama. From your thank you list – my fave? The one about air-conditioning. As a child I grew up in Brooklyn New York – in a brownstone apartment – with one fan. The pace of every single day was determined by the heat. Air-conditioning evens things out – it’s a blessing that we have that we always take for granted until it’s not there. I’m sure there’s a spiritual analogy in there somewhere 🙂 thank you for this Diana – and God bless and keep you and your roses and your sailboat captain this Sunday.

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