one thousand gifts {2709-2736}

I know Who goes before me.
I know Who stands behind.
The God of angel armies
is always by my side.
{Chris Tomlin’s “Whom Shall I Fear“}

When I first heard this song on my way to work not-so-bright and very early Monday morning, I fell in love with it. It’s catchy and chock-full-o’ truth! I hummed the chorus all morning long and it even came back on the radio on my lunch break. Score! God used this new song to bring much joy to my Monday.

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
{Chris Tomlin’s “Whom Shall I Fear“}

It’s amazing to me how God can take the same song and apply it to my heart in a different respect. In a matter of just a few days, He used this song once again–this time to bring comfort to my heart and encourage me to trust His sovereign hand. When you’re hit with something you don’t expect, you have to trust that God knows what is best and trust His promises. I’m so thankful that though everything around me may change, HE IS FAITHFUL.

Whom–and what–then shall I fear?

2709. plugging along
2710. spontaneous bella notte lunch with erin
2711. flushing. or not?
2712. being able to contribute to a most-delicious home-cooked meal

2713. COLD!
2714. ♪ the God of angel armies is always by my side ♪
2715. “the moral of the story is–never run in high heels” -the boss
2716. minestrone, laughs, reminiscing, and a convicting study of sin by kay arthur
2717. reading the 95 theses. ♥ #62
2718. sola gratia–soli Deo gloria!
2719. finding humor in annoyances
2720. text videos of singing at the SBTS expositor’s conference
2721. stories of alistair begg using a piccolo in his sermon illustration! 😀
2722. leftover lunch on the cheap

2723. olive garden–completely on gift cards with some leftover!
2724. waves from a favorite
2725. things i never thought i’d do
2726. drakes buffalo shrimp then BGBS big red madness with dad
2727. making homemade brownies–and realizing my whisking muscle is out of shape
2728. crazy moves from stomp kids
2729. a kid just getting it!
2730. a perfect fall night on the farm with the church family, friends, baby piggies, chickens, and yummy chili!

2731. saving for later

2732. a red cup at starbucks. finally!
2733. God makes no distinction!
2734. reassuring a strong, faithful saint
2735. great gut-buster laughs on the way home from church
2736. old testament love. ♥ deborah & jael {judges 4-5}

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 


one thousand gifts {2676-2708}

“He will guard the feet of His faithful ones.”
{1 Samuel 2:9}

 “The Lord is in control of your schedule and He can change it whenever He wants. When you realize that, you won’t get frustrated and angry.”

Those were the words my dad opened his sermon with this morning. I had to chuckle a little bit, considering what I experienced yesterday. You see, yesterday was the day of state marching band finals in Bowling Green. Considering it normally takes two-and-a-half hours to get there, we left at 2:00. (In theory, this plan gave us way more than enough time to grab a bite to eat and head to the stadium, especially considering we gained an hour going.) 

However, God had a different plan. He chose to bring traffic on I-65 to a complete standstill because of a chemical spill. Seven hours later, we arrived at our destination. 

But He guarded our feet the whole way! We arrived safely, we had plenty of gas the whole time, we stopped at just the right time for a bathroom break and dinner, and we even made it in time to see 3A take the field. 

I don’t know God’s purpose in having us sit on the Interstate/US-31 for seven hours, but I do know that He works every single detail of my life together for my good and His glory. 

So if you feel stuck, be patient and serve where God has planted you. Do what you can where you are with what you have. 

Don’t forget Who’s on the throne. He’s working it all together for your good.

2676. roasted turkey cranberry panini from panera–autumn happiness explosion
2677. fake filing fortune cookies 🙂
2678. taking on two more jobs. *sigh*
2679. “oh look! something playable.” -sadie sue
2680. doing just about everything possible to do at just about all of my jobs
2681. being a listening ear
2682. soup & scripture. His promises are TRUE!
2683. a call from an old friend
2684. answering the phone. my goodness.
2685. a bubbly waitress
2686. God’s comfort=empowering us with strength! {isaiah 40:1}
2687. God working it out way better than me
2688. the honor of playing at a funeral
2689. fall leaves dancing to the ground
2690. more funeral home fellowship = hugs = love (oh…and getting a new name: phoebe)
2691. chinese with the fam…such odd music and flavors
2692. God blowing me away!!!!
2693. coldness arriving
2694. new fuzzy blankets

2695. prayers answered and exceeded
2696. eating bread at cane’s–redeemed.

2697. “false start on the percussion.” -frank
2698. starbucks on the way back to the ‘bury with kerry + sinatra on my ride home
2699. my back windshield resembling the solar system with glistening raindrops and silhouettes of trees and fences in the shadows
2700. inching our way to bowling green via US31 for state finals with the wades. wigwams, bubba bucks belly bustin’ bbq, kirk franklin, and so much more. Quotes of the night: “We might miss a couple of 1A bands. [half an hour later] We might make it for 2A. [a little while later] Well, at least we’ll get to see 3A. [one hour and two miles later] Good thing 5A starts at 10:00. [a few minutes later] Maybe we’ll get there for awards.” LOL! 😀 God is sovereign over all. We were blessed to arrive safely in time for 3A and to see Lafayette win! Yay!
2701. My favorites from finals: Madisonville playing “Fire of Eternal Glory,” John Hardin’s 42-person guard, Bourbon County’s hilarious show, Adair–fun and classy. AND…Lafayette. Wow! By far the best.

2702. never being able to outgive
2703. praying specifically
2704. feeling rested after only 3 hours of sleep!
2705. the wonderful grace of Jesus that has reached the most defiled…me!
2706. smiles and thank-yous from a broken girl
2707. hilarious parents

2708. shamgar–God uses the insignificant! {judges 3:31} listen to the sermon here

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 

one thousand gifts {2604-2675}

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
{John 14:27}


That is what God has given my family and I over the past couple of weeks. I never thought I’d be able to face the passing of my grandmother–even though I knew were she was going and knew she’d be better off and knew that God was in control. It was a day I dreaded for a majority of my life.

I know you have one of those fears, too.

You know that day you never think you’ll be able to face? Don’t worry about it.
He gives you grace when you get there–not a moment too soon and not a moment too late! He’s perfectly on time.

He’s absolutely DRENCHED us with grace.

He’s blanketed us with peace.

He’s flooded us with mercy.

He’s proven His love.

Take heart! There is nothing to worry about. He will do the same for you as you trust in Him!

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
{Isaiah 26:3-4}

2604. a bank holiday and christopher columbus (in retrospect, this day off was one of the greatest gifts ever–I spent most of the day at home with my grandmother during her last full day on earth)
2605. telling a student, “don’t do iiiiiit!” and him responding, “that’s exactly what mrs. b said.” {made. my. day.} can’t say she never made an impact. 🙂
2606. roger cruz providentially bringing us dinner
2607. a foggy, brisk morning turned to blue skies
2608. the call
2609. praying for God to show mercy and Him being exceedingly merciful!
2610. just knowing.
2611. a precious, kind waitress
2612. peace beyond description
2613. locking the door and going to red lobster to celebrate a LIFE WELL LIVED!
2614. knowing that granny heard “well done” around noon today ~ laughing thinking how she probably reacted to seeing uncle benny and aunt lee ann in heaven ~ being jealous that she’s singing to our King face-to-face ~ loving that she is basking in His glory
2615. {isaiah 40} {psalm 46:1}
2616. peace that is indescribable & no tears. numbness?
2617. being able to laugh hysterically while making funeral arrangements. SUCH a blessing! (and those directors–my, my…)
2618. a “that’s ok” perfectly timed on accident for a really good laugh
2619. old pictures ♥
2620. grace — for the MOMENT.
2621. wayne coming to haul our garbage
2622. a sovereign tray of sandwiches from cassie
2623. using the $6,258 timpani to test a website’s payment options
2624. election training–being the “perfect voter”
2625. the sovereignty of God on display in my refrigerator. vegetable soup FTW!
2626. family. ♥

2627. approximately 198 people coming to the visitation to honor granny and show their love. unbelievable.
2628. big, heartfelt hugs
2629. curing hiccups (with ziploc bags?!)

Uncle Sam and Amelia curing hiccups by catching them in a ziploc bag

2630. “shouldn’t we be mad at adam and eve?” -amelia. i love love love gospel chats with children!
2631. hugs–the squeeze-you-silly kind
2632. the absolute kindest, most genuine thank you anyone has ever given me
2633. the grace and strength to play the prelude
2634. mom singing
2635. aunt janna’s beautiful tribute
2636. dad preaching the gospel so clearly and honoring my grandmother (and mom) so well. my question to you today is not “do you know the Lord,” but “do you love the Lord like granny loved the Lord?”
2637. amanda reminding us that “we take care of people” in our family. that’s just what we do.
2638. a most lovingly prepared lunch. homemade rolls, cake, and even an apple cake. i love those new lifers!
2639. cousins.

2640. seeing little cousins playing together and hearing doors slam all over the house. “excuse me. can i have a glass of water now?”
2641. negotiating the price of a pint of blueberries
2642. a string of toilet paper. LOL!
2643. hearing my 95 year-old aunt ginny fill in the Scriptures at the graveside service. such a blessing!

2644. a full house. “when love is in the house, the house is packed!”
2645. telling jerry that they definitely put the fun in funeral
2646. being reminded that my life is not my own
2647. sunday lunch at pf chang’s with ate, mom, and dad!
2648. teaching sunday school
2649. best sunday afternoon nap ever
2650. “when i get carried away” piano duet with mom for offertory
2651. the GOSPEL beautifully proclaimed
2652. john 14:1-6 preciously recited by ava
2653. leftovers with EVERYone after church
2654. bronze mums

2655. celebrating sadie’s birthday
2656. a reply
2657. ate making dinner for us
2658. mrs. cantrell eating with us
2659. trusting in the Lord rather than chariots or horses after that ridiculous debate
2660. spicy creamy tomato basil chicken soup at bella notte for lunch with dad
2661. a reply AND a follow. unbelievable.
2662. starjazz with erin…finally!
2663. sending cards
2664. He frees our hearts to live out His grace
2665. kind, presumably encouraging words
2666. a hug from hunter on a seemingly wasted lunch break errand
2667. andrew peterson & caleb concert at SBTS with mom & dad and getting to sit with the Hunters!
2668. ♪ promises written in a script of stars! ♪
2669. my fingerprints being covered with the fingerprints of God

2670. dinner at the vance’s!
2671. sketch gas station, sketchier flea market, a beautiful drive down US-60, 12 great bands, a goose chase that ended at dairy queen, hysterical laughs on I-64, and a heart-to-heart on new circle. happy john moose day!

2672. a most hysterical announcer with “something-to-think-about” thoughts
2673. celebrating mom’s birthday at chop house!
2674. there is nothing that happens by accident. God is absolutely SOVEREIGN!
2675. eglon, ehud, fat, excrement from the buttocks, and FIGHTING THE FLESH!
^^ that’s an awkward one to end on, but really…go read judges 3, one of my favorite childhood Bible stories…then go listen to a beautiful Gospel exposition of it by my dad! ^^

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 

Putting the FUN in Funeral

Not many people understand that my grandmother‘s visitation and funeral were happy occasions for my family and I. I mean that in the best way possible–not that we’re happy she died and we no longer have her here on this earth–but we’re happy she’s with her Jesus, singing praises to Him and experiencing the splendors of Heaven with her body completely restored.

This has been the best Friday night ever,” said my nine year-old little cousin after my grandmother’s four-hour long visitation. She and my other little cousin held the door for visitors all evening long and even asked the funeral director how old you had to be to get a job there. Typical Young.

I was practically raised in the funeral home. If there was a visitation, no matter if they were our family, friends, or just an acquaintance, my family went. I’ve spent many an evening there. The directors know my family by name and go out of their way to come speak to us. Lots of friends my age do not understand this. Some of them have never even been to a funeral (which just blows my mind)! To me, going to the funeral home for one who is saved is a celebration of their life and a celebration of their home-going. Yes, I cried several times…that’s normal, but to see so many friends and family gathered to honor a life well-lived also always makes me smile! Quite honestly, it’s almost like a party.

To the ones who get that, thank you! If you just don’t get it, I hope that you one day will.

When planning my grandmother’s funeral, we were able to joke with most of the staff at Kerr Brothers. That’s exactly what my quick-witted grandmother would’ve wanted, too. They kept me laughing all morning long! After all was said and done, I told the main man who was helping us that they sure did know how to put the “FUN” in “funeral!” And they really do–if you let them!

If I may, I would like to share a few things I have observed and learned throughout this process that will perhaps help you in some way–whether to give you an idea of how to comfort a friend following the death of a loved one or to give you an idea of how to honor your loved one.

My Advice to Funeral Planners

Give people something personal to remember your loved one. We put a basket full of my grandmother’s most-requested apple cake recipe next to the guest book.

Make your loved one’s funeral personal. Play their favorite hymns. Display unique awards. Show the funny pictures. Lay out their Bible for people to flip through.

Make a slideshow. According to countless cousins and their mothers, I need to start a business making slideshows for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and funerals. Windows Movie Maker, people. Add a nice slide transition and people will think you worked really hard. “The only money you’ll be out is the business cards to set out at the funeral home.” Yes, I heard this multiple times.

Wear flats to the visitation. I could kick myself with my heels for not doing this. I knew better.

Take pictures. It’s rare to have so much family gathered all at one time. Make the most of the opportunity and take a picture, even if it annoys all the cousins. You’re sure to treasure it for years to come.

Make sure you have easily accessible tissues during the funeral. I played the prelude with my mom for my grandmother’s funeral and did not get to sit next to my purse as I had previously planned. This left me without any Kleenex…pretty much the worst feeling ever when you’re sitting in the front row bawling your eyes out as your mom sings “Serenaded by Angels.” This scenario led to my older, braver cousin walking out to find Kleenex and returning with a long, endless string of toilet paper for us to share. Hilarious!

To Funeral Goers

If you are looking to take food to a friend whose loved one just passed away, I am going to suggest a breakfast item. (In our case, our church was wonderful about providing food for after the funeral and throughout the week we had this new-found freedom of being able to go out to eat all together, so full-blown meals weren’t exactly necessary.) Our sweet friend Terri brought us a huge, cheery basket of assorted delicious items from Great Harvest Bread Co. that included a loaf of some kind of lemon tea bread, muffins, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. My mom’s sweet coworker brought us two loaves of homemade pumpkin chocolate chip bread which has also come in handy in the mornings.

If you’re looking to buy a casket spray or a gorgeous arrangement of flowers, look no further than E. Stephen Hines Florist. The best bang for your buck. (We also received a lovely afghan and a beautiful windchime, which is a great alternative to flowers for people with brown thumbs like myself.)

Gift Cards
One of the sweetest things we have received is money to go out to eat. Some days you just don’t feel like cooking.

Send one. Sign your own name. Add a Bible verse. It really means a lot.

What Not to Say
“Are there any special men in your life?” Surprisingly, out of 197 people speaking to me in one evening, I only got this question about 3 times. There are lots of special men in my life, but I would hope if there were an extra special man in my life, this question would not have to be asked because it would be obvious.

Hugs are always appropriate at funerals! Squeeze the family to pieces.

If God lays it on your heart to do something, just do it. Offer to haul some garbage. Help rearrange furniture. Vacuum the house. Take the food. Oh, the food. If you don’t believe in the sovereignty of God, you should’ve looked in my refrigerator on Friday afternoon. Not only did we have assorted breakfast items, we had a feast that was perfect for lunch on the go and post-visitation eats. My cousin’s daughter decided to make us two huge trays of ham and turkey sandwiches sliced in quarters. Our friend Joyce brought all kinds of canned drinks and bottled water. Our friend Judy dropped by with a big pot of homemade vegetable beef soup. Our friend Tim brought a red velvet cake his wife had made. Our friend Annette brought a large container of coffee. That’s not even everything, but the beautiful thing is none of these people talked to the other and they just dropped by. Amazing! (My two-cents: One thing that would be really helpful to drop off to someone is paper plates and cups. Chips would be something easy but useful as well.)

That’s the best advice I can give. If God lays it on your heart, no matter how odd it seems, DO IT. You will be a blessing. 

I’m so thankful God blessed us with happy and humorous memories during this whole experience. His mercies never end! As my mom said to our Red Lobster waiter who asked what we were celebrating when we went out to dinner the night of my grandmother’s death, “We’re celebrating a life well-lived.” May you find ways to celebrate God’s grace even in the sad times.

one thousand gifts: one year later {gifts #2350-2380}

“Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy Name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” 

{Psalm 103:1-5} 

Today is my one-year anniversary of counting the thousands of ways God shows me grace every single day. I am increasingly enamored by the countless ways He proves His love–even in the seemingly small things.

“All is grace,” says Ann Voskamp, and after 365 days of listing proof of how all is truly grace, I wholeheartedly agree. Everything God gives and everything God withholds.  It’s ALL grace that is being worked together for my good! Every single detail of my life is intricately being woven together for God’s glory by His grace.

By counting His gifts of grace each day–even the hard ones–I’ve seen more of His glory. As I’ve glimpsed more of His glory, I’ve realized more and more how sinful I really am, which in turn has only made me see more fully the overwhelming depths of His grace. And that leads to only one response: gratitude.

All’s grace.

2348. an advocate mirroring my Heavenly Advocate
2349. clarinet runs

A glimpse of my Monday

2350. running into coach cravens–his sweet disposition during our conversation which was filled with his priceless, seasoned wisdom (and a ring check. hahaha!)
2351. finally getting menchie’s with erin!!!!
2352. south carolina bbq
2353. misty sprinkle fundamental blocks with a cup o’ joe and joe stretches

2354. teaching saxophone?
2355. “do you have a line?”
2356. grace that comes when you are trying new things and your patience is tested
2357. hashbrown casserole
2358. a “see-you-later” kerry college send-off extravaganza at joseph-beth cafe. 4 years later, i realize i have been so blessed to invest

2359. seeing pics of kiddos going back to school and celebrating my mom’s last first day of school–praying ephesians 1:16-18 for all of them
2360. good eye doctor reports
2361. “she was cute” remark from old lady on the elevator
2362. sightreading through 3 books on piano purely for fun

2363. being refreshed by the Word {colossians 1 | isaiah 45}
2364. seeing the hospice bath girl at chick-fil-a…both of us claiming our free chicken minis
2365. office hilarity! shaking toner cartridges, voting on how to fix the email, not having a hole puncher, russian mail brides, and anorexic cows
2366. ava: “i’m not married. i don’t even have a ring.”
2367. seeing pics of former students at college!
2368. being “hard to get” hahaha!
2369. free mexican soup on a rainy day
2370. “a person who isn’t making any mistakes probably isn’t doing anything” -encouraging word from my boss…after i made a mistake…
2371. late night menchie’s drive with dad–cool night with the top down
2372. celebrating year 55 with my generous mr. lovewell dad
2373. meeting charla and her mom at the mall to catch up for a little while

2374. two weeks notice
2375. amusing texts
2376. but by His OWN blood {hebrews 9}

2377. country roads to windy corner market for lunch with my ate and micheal

2378. vitamin d kissing my skin
2379. mom’s blueberry pie
2380. skyping with kerry at college when in her best southern belle accent, she gasps and says, “oh, i think i need to go get my laundry!” tears ensued.

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 

Gathering Manna Every Morning {Exodus 16:21}

“They gathered manna every morning.”
{Exodus 16:21}

Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord’s good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. Today thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but He who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest. Thy mountain only stands firm when He settles it in its place; if He hide His face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the light of heaven which He could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in His hand thy comforts lie, and at His will they can depart from thee.

This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for He only permits us to pray for “daily bread”, and only promises that “as our days our strength shall be.” Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his throne, and constantly be reminded of His love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at Thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without Thee, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore Thy blessed Name and acknowledge Thine unexhausted love.

{from one of my very favorites: Charles H. Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening ~ July 16 morning}

one thousand gifts {#2157-2195}

“Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?”

{“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”} 

I’m still learning that no matter how many friends I surround myself with, confide in, and trust, the only one who will never fail me or disappoint me is Jesus Christ. He loved me ere I knew Him–He knew I would be a jerk-faced sinner who rebelled against all His plans for me, but He loved me so much that He saved me from that, clothed me with His spotless righteousness, and made me a joint-heir of His Kingdom.
What a Friend!

2157. hymn-stuffing envelopes
2158. leftover lunch with funny dad and aunt janna. cheap therapy, really.
2159. beer cheese blt’s and lots of summer veggies. yum!

2160. laughs with sadie-sue and amy
2161. starbucks. the gift He gave? the privilege of sitting in the car and praying for every fellow customer and barista i could see. oh to be a light.
2162. an evening swim with mom under a GORGEOUS full moon
2163. waving at an old friend in front of me at a drive-thru window
2164. building a payment portal in record time
2165. my job being so eclectic
2166. a most chatty lady about silicone brownies (?)
2167. when everything flows together so well and God brings one overarching truth to light through so many verses from so many different women: thoughts stayed on Him.
2168. hurting people excited about sharing the Gospel. what a smile!
2169. celebrating freedom that comes by dependence
2170. working on my day off–so good to catch up on jobs 2 & 3
2171. precious pops piccolo soloists
2172. gathering with my church family mid-week to be reminded of truth
2173. losing it (again) in the lifeway clearance aisle
2174. a sweet phone call from a treasured sister
2175. exploding insulin
2176. breakfast at the barrel and sweet chats with ashley

2177. lunch with aunt janna
2178. dying leaves falling and scaring me to death
2179. oasis with ellen and hearing how God is making her more into His image
2180. krispy kreme with kristen. “there were tongues.” o.O cue uncontrollable laughter.
2181. a letter from the hatchers in brazil
2182. kind words from a quiet student
2183. lunch surprise at the giftbox

2184. dropping off presents and old men selling ale8s
2185. puccini’s paparazzi pizza and a side salad with ranch
2186. audrey assad to start the day
2187. jamie grace to keep me going
2188. 28 years
2189. brunch by dad: steak, eggs, cookie butter

2190. ungame with shanna and mom
2191. being saved from a wasp by my ate and a broom
2192. knowing that spiritually bankrupt me has become a joint-heir with Christ
2193. sharing my heart
2194. making baby shower decor for a girl! it’s been a long time.
2195. ♪ can we find a friend so faithful?

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday.