Many of you may be familiar with Ann Voskamp’s book, 1000 Gifts. I haven’t finished the book yet, but so far I love it!!! I heard her share at SheSpeaks, and I was challenged to live a life of gratitude. We can get so focused on our circumstances that we fail to live lives of thanksgiving before the Lord.
God tells us to give thanks in all things. Yeah right. How many of us actually do this? Ann challenges us to intentionally focus on the gifts God has given to us and to praise Him for them. Now, I am not suggesting that we love God for His Gifts because He is enough without ever giving us anything at all. I am suggesting that we all have been blessed and we need to express thanksgiving to God every day that we live.
This morning, I started my own thankful list. I’m not keeping count. I just want to reprogram my mind to look around me and see all that I have to be thankful for. I don’t know about you but I take so much for granted. I want to praise God for the gifts He has given me – the big and the small ones!
So, for the next year, I will end my posts with a sample listing of some of the things from my thankful list. I am calling this list, my treasure box. I encourage you to BE THANKFUL!
My Treasure Box: the sound of the tide rolling in on a hot summer day, yellow flowers which represent God’s love notes to me, my precious daughter who delights my soul, and a child’s laughter that fills my ears even in this moment