How do I count the Ways

Again, I work on counting the ways He blesses, the ways He loves, the ways He is here. And today, I was challenged to make sure this becomes a part of the way we are raising our children- a part of their education- a part of their growing. And once again challenged that there is no greater pursuit than knowing God and that counting the ways we see Him, feel Him and taking time to thank Him, praise Him, glorify Him is part of that pursuit.
Because what will the math really matter if they are bitter? If the house is immaculate — but my attitude a mess? If they can count — but they don’t know how to count all things as joy? If we get the lists done, but have lost happiness in Him? How can any grammar skill outweigh the fact they don’t know the language of grace and thanks? What good will it be if they can recite all the major British battles — but they don’t know to see beauty? What am I teaching our children if I’m not living simply, quietly this: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8). Focusing on what is beautiful, good, true –isn’t this the truest education? ~Ann Voskamp
What a weekend we had, and what joy we saw, and what blessings we received. May God be glorified in our joy. For it is to Him I give thanks today for these gifts, for His presence, for His grace.

235. open windows
236. dirty hands, dirty feet, dirty boys
237. my clumsy little man

 238. sweet love and hugs

239. watching him learn new skills

240. first sport pictures
241. hats on sweet heads

242. Come See Me festival fun

243. ice cream covered faces

244. sweet friends

245. fresh fruit
246. a garden plowed and ready to plant
247. azaleas blooming
248. underwear clad boys running free
249. shorts, sandals and flip-flops
250. family night at Chick-fil-a


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