Sunday, March 1, 2009

Serendipity Sunday: Prayers of Gratitude.....

Serendipity: An unexpected or delightful discovery
"Grow flowers of gratitude in the soil of prayer."
~Verbena Woods~

This weeks delightful discovery was a little volume of prayers that lifted my spirits as I suffer through illness. When things are not as they should be it is a perfect time to count our blessings and to spend time expressing our gratitude for the things that are right rather than focusing on that which has upset the balance of our daily life. I find that for me, illness is a call to stillness and it is a perfect opportunity to spend much time in prayer.

Prayers of Gratitude for Each Day
Taken from Grateful Hearts Give Thanks A Treasury Of Graces and Blessings

By Bob & Emilie Barnes

"Thou has given so much to me,
Give one thing more, ~ a grateful heart;

Not thankful when it pleaseth me.
As if Thy blessings had spare days,

But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise."

~George Herbert~
"I thank God and I praise Him
for the sunset that lifts my spirit,
the morning that lets my
soul take flight in search

of wildflowers, the songbirds that
waken my world. And I

thank God for His presence
in my life, for family and friends,
for joy and even sorrows
that strengthen my life, for
the awareness that
God's love is the essence of
all happiness, the bond between

heaven and earth."

~Neil Fitzgerald~
"Praise the Lord for sunshine,
Praise the Lord for rain,
Praise the Lord for pleasure,
Praise the Lord for pain,
Praise the Lord for lessons learned

Through every joy and sorrow,
Praise the Lord for days gone by,
And for each new tomorrow."

~Alice Joyce Davidson~
"I give thanks, O God,
for all You have so lovingly done for me!
For each need comes Your faithfulness.
During suffering come Your compassion.
On every journey comes your closeness.
My deepest praise sings out in a blended anthem with
believers all over the world ~ thanking You for the abundant
life found in Christ Jesus!"

~Charlotte Adelsperger~

Miss Sandy


Anonymous said...

How very beautiful this morning.

Praying that you soon feel better.

Sue said...

Coming back from a wonderful sermon this morning, I am SO GLAD to have read your post! What a BEAUTIFUL reminder of how we should live. A friend of mine asked me if I would accompany her to the altar this morning, in prayer, and not for a request...but just to thank Him for his goodness to her!

I too hope that you will soon be well, Miss Sandy! Thanks again for your post!

Susie said...

I enjoyed these poems much Sandy. My favorite was the one by Alice Joyce Davidson. The photos were heartwarming as well.

Hope you get better quickly my friend!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post, Sandy. I hope you will be feeling much better as the week continues.

Barbara H. said...

Beautiful thoughts and photos. I especially like that first poem.

Anonymous said...

I am truly grateful for posts like these.....I am truly praying for an attitude of gratitude.....thank you for so much inspiration.

Our God is an Awesome God...

Warm Hugs,
Karen Eileen

bluemuf said...

Miss Sandy, I always enjoy and look forward to Serendipity Sunday. I find it so inspirational and uplifting.

I hope you are well soon and take this time to rest.

Hugs Karen

Gwendolyn said...

Mmmm! I loved that last statement, speaking of praising the Lord with believers all over the world for the abundant blessings we have in Christ Jesus! How amazing it will be someday to praise Him in His presence, standing around His throne! Thank you for a very uplifting post and praying for your health.

Tamara said...

Beautiful post :)

Daniel Brenton said...

This post was highlighted in the March 2 edition of Gratitude Watch.

Thank you for promoting the value of gratitude.

Vee said...

Your post spoke to me on Sunday and again today. I was very surprised to find that I had not left a comment the first time. (Must've been interrupted.) I was also surprised to learn that you were still under the weather and so I am hoping that today you are feeling much better.

The thing that keeps impressing me is that much learning comes from the difficult times as much, if not moreso, than from the good times.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, Miss Sandy.

Vee said...

Oh, had not read the comment above my own...congratulations!

Vee said...

It's pneumonia?! Ackkk....

Well, no wonder you aren't back on your feet. I hope that the antibiotics set you straight again and, until then, that you spend the time just pondering and planning what you'd like to do when you're up to it. Keep a notebook handy for all the ideas that will be coming your way.

Wish I could bake up a casserole and bring it right over. I'm baking John's birthday cake tonight. It would be no trouble!

Gentle hugs, my friend...

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