“The secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt he is.”  Ann Voskamp

As I walk through every single day of my life I realize no matter what is happening there is always, always something to celebrate – always something I can find to be thankful about.

I’ve learned even when walking through horrible tragedies that I can find something to thank God for.  The day my Mom died unexpectedly after many years of illness, we sit there waiting on the funeral home to arrive and my husband said, “your Mom will be spending Valentine’s Day with your Dad”.  It was only five days until Valentine’s Day – one I didn’t celebrate as Valentine’s Day, but one I was celebrating because Mom was no longer suffering and she was with Dad who she had never been able to move on after he died.

Even when we are walking through horrible tragedies  we can find something.  The day one of our grandsons was born with a horrible disease, we were able to thank God for answering prayers as we drove to the Children’s Hospital to be with him and our son.  Thankful that they had a doctor who knew what it was and was able to diagnose it.  Thankful for family, friends and churches that gathered with us in prayer.

I want to celebrate every day.  I want to celebrate the little things and give them the attention they deserve.  Things like my 7-month old grandson crawling, and my 2 year old grandson shouting across a pond while his Pa Pa was hunting.  Yep, he was shouting PaPa while PaPa was hunting birds.  And today watching him help PaPa make homemade ice cream and helping, and squealing as he filled a glass up with ice throwing it in the ice cream freezer.  All of it precious and something to celebrate, especially after you been through seasons of miscarriage, infertility, and watching that 2-year old suffer at birth with a rare disease.

I’m celebrating today.  How about you? I am celebrating because He blesses me far more than I will ever deserve and He loves me unconditionally.  I am celebrating good health.  I am celebrating family.   I am celebrating life.  I am celebrating today because there may not be a tomorrow.  Seek God today wherever you may be doubting and find the joy.

Joining Kate Matoung today at Five-Minute Friday.


18 thoughts on “CELEBRATE”

  1. I count my blessings and find reasons to celebrate everyday, too! So happy to meet another “gratitude gatherer” as Ann Voskamp used to call us when she would have us link up on her blog. (That was before her book and all!) I popped in her from Holley’s.


  2. I am so glad that these “celebrate” posts are still showing up in linkups 🙂 They just bring such joy. This here is reason to celebrate > “I am celebrating because He blesses me far more than I will ever deserve and He loves me unconditionally.” Glad we were neighbors this morning at Everyday Jesus!


  3. I’ve been learning about joy this year, and celebrating is such a big part of that, even when )especially when?) the celebrations don’t look like I expect. I’m glad you linked up at #ThreeWordWednesday.


  4. Hey Debbie! I love your perspective. I have been seeking to celebrate daily by capturing my One Thousand Gifts (from Ann Voskamp) and have recently passed 6500 of them. (Don’t worry– it took like 4 years…) But I am also starting new today by making sure to share my top 3 moments/good things that happened with my husband when he comes home from work. Thanks for affirming this call!


  5. Beautiful post! Yes, I agree that there is always something to be thankful for. Even in the midst of bad times, if we look; we will find it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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