I’ve started reading the book, “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. It’s about a lot of things but so far, this is what I’ve gotten out of it:
It’s about living fully right where you are. It’s about living in gratitude rather than in longing. It’s about how looking for, and naming, and being thankful for God’s gifts throughout your day can change your life. It’s about finding joy through giving thanks, even in the midst of difficult times.
I’m about in the middle of the book. I don’t want to give too much away, but one of the author’s friends dared her to make a list of 1,000 things she loves, 1,000 blessings, 1,000 gifts. She writes about her journey and how making this list changed her perspective and drew her closer to God and her family and how true joy started to replace her sadness. She learned to live more fully, right where she was.
I think I would benefit from something similar, and maybe you would too, so I hereby declare Thursdays as Thankful Thursdays. I plan on taking some time each Thursday to think of some things from the week that I love and consider blessings and gifts and I’m going to write them here. I hope you join me in this exercise of gratitude! We can encourage each other and delight in each other’s gifts. Feel free to share as many as you want.
Okay – here goes:
1 – friends and family who congratulated me and helped me celebrate a new job
2 – magnolia trees in bloom – so pretty!
3 – talking to my friend and neighbor while working in the yard
4 – warm weather that allowed me to work in the yard
5 – homemade blackberry jam from a friend to put on homemade banana bread