My Women’s Bible Study is reading Ann Voskamp’s, One Thousand Gifts. It’s the author’s story of her journey to find 1000 things to be grateful for during the course of a year. Regardless of what darkness she was going through, she forced herself to find the joy in the midst of “deadlines, debt, drama, & daily duties.” To look & be thankful everyday for God’s glory.
It’s “Eucharisteo: grace, thanksgiving, & joy”
It’s getting in the habit of keeping your eyes on God & your hands open in thanks…even when the thanksgiving hurts.
As suggested by my good friend & Bible Study Leader, Pastor Heidi Strickler (faith in flip flops), I’m working on my own “One Thousand Gifts” list of thanksgiving.
“God wastes nothing & makes everything work for his plan. He is always good & you’re always loved”
-Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts–
1- time spent with my brother, Chad, & nieces Haylie & Alexis
2-Women’s Bible Study classes started & the selection is One Thousand Gifts
3-my dog Waylon got scared & ran up to me looking for comfort & reassurance
5-the older lady that works at the dry cleaners. She’s always smiling & chatting, reminds me of my late Grandma C.
6-the local gas station (only store in town) carries chocolate peanut butter Bugles, the perfect salty/sweet snack when a craving kicks in
7-lazy mornings spent watching a Little House on the Prairie marathon (despite the fact that I’ve seen every episode a dozen times)
8-a vehicle that is showing her age, but still manages to get me where I need to go safely
9-phone calls from my mom reassuring me about things that I’m worried about
10-pulling up the driveway & seeing my cat sitting in the upstairs window.
11- when the raining downpour starts after I’ve arrived to work & not on my drive or walk into the building.
13-supportive texts from my Sister-in-Law, Robin.
14-a 60* day in the middle of January
15-when a cooking recipe turns out exactly as good as you hoped it would
16-the sound of rain as I’m falling asleep
17- A Sunday morning church service message that fits exactly what struggles lie on my heart
18- Pastors that are also close friends that pray over me
19- afternoon lunch dates with my Grandpa
20- evening walks with my dog
21- a good hard cry
22- bible scriptures that speak to a need I’m going through
24- friends that hug, love, & pray on me when they know I’m hurting