Friday, October 11, 2013

giving thanks...

It's not how much we have...
but how much we enjoy...
that makes happiness.
Charles Spurgeon

All that we behold is full of blessings.
 ~William Wordsworth

Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Gratitude makes sense of our past...
brings peace for today...
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
-~Thornton Wilder

Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t. 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; 
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~Marcel Proust

As we express our gratitude, 
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
 but to live by them.  
~John F Kennedy

O Lord that lends me life, 
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness! 
~William Shakespeare

Reflect upon your present blessings, 
of which every man has plenty; 
not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. 
~Charles Dickens

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. 
 ~William Blake

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel,
 to set in the hearts of honest men; 
but be careful that you do not take the day, 
and leave out the gratitude. 
~E.P. Powell

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him;
bless His name.
Psalm 100:4

Whether or not you are gathering around the Thanksgiving table this weekend...
may your hearts be filled with gratitude...
for all that you have.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. You have truly been blessed by God to live in such a gorgeous area of the country. As I am sitting here at my desk at work today I am going to imagine riding my bike along a road and viewing some of these beautiful pictures!

  2. What a beautiful post. Your photos and quotes/verses are lovely. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Loved all the quotes and the beautiful photos! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours!

  4. Beautiful thoughts and photos all reflecting what 'Matters Most' My you and your family share God's goodness this weekend as you gather together to give thanks and praise.

  5. "Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t."
    Oh, such a truth to live by! Judy, your photos are beautiful and quotes thought provoking.

  6. Happy Thangsgiving! Such lovely photos, I have a hard time it pick a favourite.

  7. I found myself breaking into The Hallelujah will stay with me all day! Just beautiful!

  8. It is wonderful to read your posts first thing when they come up and doubly wonderful to reread later on in the day when I comment. Loved all these quotes and the gorgeous photography that complements them. A blessed Thanksgiving to you!

  9. What a beautiful post, both words and photos.
    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in England, sometimes I wish we did.

  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Judy, to you and yours. How lovely your photos are, especially the third one. It just took my breath away. Wonderful quotes and thoughts. Truly, we have much to be thankful for.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Judy! Your photos and the quotes with each one are lovely!

    I'm sorry I have not been commenting lately. I was in California and New York the past ten days without my computer and came home with a bad cold that left me with no energy at the end of the day. I hope to catch up tis weekend!

  12. Lovely quotes...lovely table! Hope you enjoy your thanksgiving!

  13. Beautiful, Judy! Happy Thanksgiving. Dairymary

  14. Beautiful photos and beautiful quotes

  15. Your pictures are stunning and the quotes are all so inspiring. Thanks for sharing these! Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your loved ones!

  16. Wow! This visit has to be one of the most beautiful and inspiring ways to start out my Monday. The pictures are over-the-top in the way you captured them. My favorite(which is difficult to choose), is the sunset one. I have looked back over them so many times. The quotes you shared spoke to my heart also. My heart is filled with gratitude to our amazing God.

    Your photography is most impressive!

  17. Great blog and i love the pictures...


'The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.'
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson