Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gratitude Journal Day 5: Seasons, Friends and Music

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
~Psalm 19:1

1.  I am thankful for the changing of the seasons.  I especially love when the hazy, hot days of summer finally give way to fall.  Okay, so that may not be happening her for another, oh, two months or so.  But as I am sitting here watching the first college football game of the season, I can at least pretend.  Because nothing says fall like football!  And pumpkin spice lattes and leggings and boots and pumpkins and falling leaves and did I mention FOOTBALL?  It's been too hot to enjoy doing anything outside, but I've noticed lately that the sky has been absolutely beautiful!  Big, white, puffy clouds have dotted the bright blue sky, all different sizes and shapes and swoops.  There have been magnificent sunrises and sunsets, all shades of pink and purple and orange.  I can't help but marvel at the CREATOR when I breathe in the beauty of His creation.  I stand in awe!

2.  I am thankful for my friends near and far . . . the old ones who've grown up with me and known me forever, the ones who go "way back" and the new ones, too.  I am thankful for those who encourage me, who laugh with me, who cry with me.  I am thankful for those who call me out, who give accountability, who sharpen me.  Those are my Proverbs 27:17 friends.  I am thankful for the one who texts me pictures every time she returns to our alma mater because she knows I haven't been back in 14 years, and it reminds her of "us."  I am thankful for the one who calls me and keeps on calling me even though I can't always answer and don't always call back.  I am thankful for the one who is nearly just like me in every way and can give me the best book recommendations.  I am thankful for the ones who always ask how they can pray for me.  I am thankful for the ones who've made me feel like not just a friend but family.  I don't spend nearly enough time with these dear ones, especially those who have over 500 miles separating us.  I miss them the very most.  But the best thing of all is that when we do finally get back together, it's like all that time and all those miles never even existed at all!

3.  I am thankful for music . . . I am thankful that God gave me the talent to make music on that baby grand in the next room . . . I am thankful for my parents who invested much time and money in years of piano lessons . . . I am thankful for Mrs. Jamie, my very first piano teacher; Mrs. Sallie, the one who challenged me beyond what I thought my limits were and was not only my teacher but also played along with me; and Sara Beth, who made music part of my everyday life and holds the key to some of my most favorite memories growing up. 

1 comment:

The Applings said...

I must have missed this post - I am also thankful for you, sweet friend!!