For example, I said that I was thankful for the universe God created which I would represent in a picture of the sky. When I started taking and reviewing pictures of the sky, I found that one picture alone could not express the joy God gave me from investigating His handiwork. There were days when the sky was a perfect robin's egg blue without a cloud in sight. The sky seemed like a thin gossamer veil separating me from the glory and brightness of heaven.
On another day, I was greeted by a faint blush of pink sunrise on the face of the sky like the blush of summer sun on a toddler's smooth-skinned face. Still another day, God crowned the day with a tiara of dark red rays on the evening horizon. At night, I saw stars spread out in skies of black velvet. And on one very special night when the moon did not shine and the stars were distant, tiny points of light, the dark sky exploded with breath-taking bursts of color. God had set the stage for a magnificent fireworks show!
The second day, when I took pictures of nature, I was amazed at what God had on display in my own yard. The red knockout roses were in full bloom. Spears of pink and white gladiolus blossomed in the side yard. The crape myrtle trees were covered with flowers of hot pink and snowy white. Huge white flowers as big as salad plates adorned my only magnolia tree. But God had not finished; in the evening when I was out driving, a doe and her tiny, white-freckled fawn crossed the street in front of me! I didn't have my camera ready for that one, but I saw it!
On the twelfth day, when I was thinking about the food God provides for my nourishment, I noticed that my pantry needed to be restocked with staples like canned vegetables, pasta and sauces, baking supplies, rice and beans. I also needed milk and bread, cheese and eggs, and produce. I decided to shop at Aldi. I was amazed when my bill only totaled $92. I had not seen a grocery bill that low in years! When I put away everything, the shelves were full and running over. Now if I had not been working on this collage, I probably would have never noticed the kindnesses that the Lord bestows in so many ways in my everyday life.
Of course, life on earth is never without problems. This month, while being overwhelming in its beauty, also had its worries. At the time that I was giving thanks for my pets, my oldest dog became very ill to the point that I thought she would not survive. The vet believed it was some type of respiratory infection. She struggled for every breath, could not eat, and would only stand up or walk when absolutely necessary. He gave her antibiotics and pain medication. Because of her advanced age of 16, we had little hope for her survival; but she made it through the night and wagged her tail in a slow, but heart-felt greeting the next morning. Each day she regained strength. Yesterday she ran joyful circles around the house like a sixteen-year-old puppy! God blesses us in so many ways!
I could go on and on about the joys I have received. My photo bucket was so full that I had to narrow down my choices to
the top 100! My collage is a collection of 100 wonderful memories of the month; but as a memorial of gratitude, it is a paltry offering compared to the blessings God bestowed on me. Counting my blessings and giving thanks to God has brought me joy beyond measure. My heart bubbles over with gladness!
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