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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. Dawn,
    “My” summer has not gone at all as planned. We also had trouble with our flux capacitor. We had a leaking pipe that dictated that our whole kitchen be ripped up, floors, cabinets, and all. After living for two months in a massive mess, I thought we were out of the woods. That’s until I managed to tear a third meniscus…doing mission work of all things. Enough, already God! That’s when I knew my “Gratitude Journal” had to come out again. When you make a permanent imprint in the sofa with your behind, 24/7, you are forced to notice the “little” in life: my husband making me breakfast; the brilliant goldfinch visiting the crepe myrtle; the taste and aroma of sweet, hot coffee; puppy kisses from my beagle; a good night’s sleep in fresh sheets. Sometimes, I think God just needs me to be still so that I can see, touch, taste, smell, hear, and know that He is good. When I’m running at warp speed, I tend to miss the minute…the basic blessings of God. So as I sit sidelined, I’m journaling His gifts of daily grace. I needed this post, Dawn!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Yes, daily graces received with joy change the trajectory of my thinking.
    “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it…”
    Sometimes gratitude is the bread crumbs on the path back home.

  3. Thank you for such a practical and honest truth! Thanking God that He blesses us when He places someone right in front of us who we can encourage, even when we are having such things going on in our own life.

  4. Thanking God for holding my body together, keeping sickness and pain at bay as I get stuck in to my writing for this masters, it’s due on Tuesday. Thanking God for the safety on my children, for my coffee in bed in the morning and for a roof over our heads and food in the cupboard. For the beautiful heavy rain and the warm sunny days in the midst of winter. Thanking God for being my constant and for the connection I feel right now Xx

    • Jas, I’m stuck in a chair with a book deadline in a week and a half so I hear you. This has been such an inactive summer for me and I’m feeling it. Sounds like both of us will be glad just to get out and move soon.

  5. We all need this reminder of Daily Graces far more often. When you stop and realize how blessed you are and begin to call out by name the many ways, it turns your perspective around. To name a few: The sound of my Perculater echoing hot coffee is on its way, getting a kiss from my husband as he heads to work, waking up with a body that is pain free and the sound of my children stirring in the beds,as the sun peeks through the windows. This was a breath of fresh air to a stale, mundane attitude. Thank you Dawn for this reminder!

  6. Praise God I am alive to enjoy another day in his beautiful world. Praise God for the Reader of this beautiful reading. Praise God for that he loves all. We should not Grumble. We woke up and no matter what we have Roof over head clothes on backs a bed to sleep in food on our table. There is someone out there in our world without all of theses things. Thank you God for dirty dishes they have a tale to tell. We had food on those plates. So by this edvances God has been very good good too us. We have a God who gives us lots of gifts of Daily Graces everyday. Thank you God. So let start and thank God more for all of his Daily Graces he gives us. If we can help someone in need. By taking them for lunch or coffee or just going to visit them asking can we him them. Giving them one of the Daily Graces Jesus would by being kind. Like Jesus was. It could make their Day all the better. God will bless you for doing it. I love doing things like this. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little

  7. I really enjoyed reading your post this morning Dawn. Everyday I like to thank God for my blessings. From my wonderful husband to the roof over our heads and everything in between. Some days it takes a while because I have so much to feel grateful for, other days its a bit harder; I know God understands though.

  8. I’m thankful for reminders like this to show me how really blessed we are. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “what if’s” instead of being grateful for “what is”. This is the day that He has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

    Have a beautiful day!

  9. Yes! This sums it up perfectly: “Praise God anyway because He is good, all the time, and stands beside you through the good and bad, through it all.” When we experience what some call, “Murphy’s Law”, we can cave to discouragement or praise God right then and experience victory!

  10. Dear Dawn,
    What a lovely email to read first thing today. We’ve had a pretty “normal” summer. No disasters to speak of yet. I, too, often forget how wonderful “normal” can be. One of my daughters has a chronic illness that put her in hospitals for months at a time, during a two year period. When we had respite between hospitalizations, mundane days were lovely. Any day I didn’t get a call to rush to a hospital was a good day! Now she’s had about 5 years of relative wellness and we have a beautiful 3 year old granddaughter, too. We are so blessed any day we don’t get one of those phone calls saying: “Mom, I’m sick!” . Thank you, Lord for these “dull” days!
    May you be richly blessed with the “mundane”, Dawn!

  11. I often have to remember to think like this. I’m sweating in my house because the air conditioning isn’t working, but I have a house. I have a leaky kitchen faucet, but our roof no longer leaks. I had to apply for financial help from the state (again) for utilities and food, but thank God, that help is there, and we’re in a much better financial position now than we were ten years ago even if things are still tough just now. And thank you, God, that tax returns are getting closer every day where I can really get us back on track after so many maintenance projects we had to do to pass inspection this year.

  12. Dawn, I always enjoy reading your posts. They are full of practical reality and shine God’s love. Thank you for this reminder. If all believers were thankful all of the time, our testimony would shine and shout out the goodness of God so much brighter and louder. He is ALWAYS good, no matter our circumstances. Thank you and God bless you!!

  13. Today I’m thankful for same-day appointments at my son’s pediatrician, celebrating with friends over Voxer, and a delightful chicken salad for lunch. Thanks, Dawn, for the reminder to take stock of life’s simple blessings. xx

  14. I was outside this morning with my 8 month old grandson (whom I am blessed to watch every day) & my 8 year old grand dog and I
    realized it was just perfect. The buzz of the bugs and birds, the sunshine and comfortable temperature – I thanked God for it – and
    that I was aware of it as I’m often oblivious!

  15. Dawn,

    This post reminds me of a song by Jeff & Sherri Easter “Thank you Lord for your blessings on me”. It was actually written by Jeff’s dad. He was an alcoholic in jail. A church group came & ministered to them. Right there Mr. Easter accepted Jesus. When He got out he found his bride & they moved into a 2-3 room shack behind a junk yard. There in that place he penned the immortal words (Chorus): “There’s a roof up above me I’ve a good place to sleep There’s food on my table And shoes on my feet You gave me your love Lord And a fine family Thank you Lord For your blessings on me In his mind he had been given more than he had before & he knew who gave it to him. I know it also. When I get down I simply pull our my gratitude journal & start writing. I put everything on it from Jesus & home in Heaven to paper clips, & rainbows. It makes me realize that I need to stop complaining & start praising God.

    Blessings 🙂

  16. Right now I live in Florida and hurricane Dorian is approaching and sometimes we lose power when there is a hurricane. So, especially in times like this, I am thankful for simple blessing of air conditioning, power, light, charging my phone, charging my computer, cooking, the dishwasher working, the stove working, fans working, being able to make a cup of coffee, doing the laundry, being safe in my own. . .all of the things that normally are included in every day, the hurricanes in life always remind me to be grateful and thankful for and to not take for granted and to thank God!