Ten words…the Saturday Gratitude Journal

On my kitchen window sill stands a tiny card with the words Be Brave–Pray over Everything. The business card happens to be my good friend Maggie Russell’s, owner of BG Studios. Maggie is a gifted artisan and every single piece of jewelry she creates is covered in prayer long before it is sold.

I see the words every morning.  Be Brave.


I have read so many stories this week of the brave.  The waters, the wind–and in a few short hours lives changed and lives lost.  Rescue efforts, devastation. And volunteers, linemen and emergency workers and so many others.  Families who were forced to evacuate from their homes, rescued from rooftops, cars.

Don’t ever think for one moment being brave comes without fear, without exhaustion, without the shedding of tears.

And don’t think for one moment being strong comes without fear, without exhaustion, without the shedding of tears.


And I have so much to be thankful for this week….

God’s Holy Word

Seeing the tears of my nephew when he saw his bride 

School buses

Worn photos

Flowers that grow despite the weeds and thorns

The rabbit in the garden ever so still 

The dark night sky filled with stars. Filled with visions of heaven

Answered prayers

This Christian writer–she referred to her strength words as her “ten words”. Ten words she has to go to often.

I. Can. Do. All. Things. Through. Christ. Which. Strengtheneth. Me.  


The strength we have through Christ is not for a few things, it is for all things. Through Christ. It’s not strength just for today.  It’s not strength for tomorrow.  It’s not strength for the right now.  It’s a strength with no end.  A strength that never grows weary.

Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:4 (KJV)

There will continue to be days of worry, stress–things we can’t control. Dreams and goals we want to accomplish. Some things we can’t change and some we can.  And amongest the difficult, the hard smiles, the tired–there are these ten words. Trusting words. Reassurance words.  Promise words. Brave words.  Prayer words.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philipians 4:13 (KJV)











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