I started a thankfulness journal about a month ago. Tempted to dwell on things that stink more often than I care to admit, my plan is to make thankfulness a way of life. It’ll be my own version of One Thousand Gifts, and a great way to help me stay focused on the positives.
So here are my first entries of gratitude to my Creator God:
1. Birds chirping praises at poolside solitude, and my heart singing with them.
2. A beautiful heart retreat, time away with God and girlfriends to pursue Him.
3. Tasty cream of wheat warming my heart with milk and sugar.
4. An afternoon break with a cup of coffee and a good book.
5. Making pancakes for my daughter, as I delight to serve her breakfast in bed – just because!
My list continues…
6. Faith that pleases God and knowledge that He is a rewarder – if I believe.
7. Confident that He will never leave me or forsake me – regardless of my feelings.
8. A rainy day alone -just God and me with several hours of holy time to hear His voice.
And even when I don’t feel like it, I remind myself to be thankful…..
9. A personal taxi cab to drive my soon-to-be 13 yr old daughter to all her outings.
10. Sunlight through my dirty windows, and rainbows on my musty walls
11. Fall colored leaves tracked in my house by my wonderful family – only to vacuum again.
12 An old but operable washing machine and dryer to do the never ending laundry.
13. Commonplace shoes that continually lace my lived in family room.
And still more to be thankful for….
14. A welcome-home kiss from my beloved.
15. A cute little doggie that lets me love on her – Sunshine in my day.
16. Good friends that will tell me the truth about myself, and still stick around.
17. A Black Mountain retreat called a “Dunamis Conference” where I can draw closer to God.
This assignment is just the beginning, for I choose to be thankful and press on with this decision – all the way to 1000. And then some!
If you haven’t yet read Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts, here’s your chance. I am giving away a free copy in honor of our upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday. You’ll love Ann’s story, her beautiful words and learning about the Greek word for thanksgiving – Eucharisteo. For through true Eucharisteo, we can obtain both grace (the Greek word charis) and joy (the Greek word chara).
I’ll randomly draw the winner from the list of participants, and you should have your book by Thanksgiving, November 24th or sooner. (The winner will be announced on my Friday post, 11/18.)
So please tell me, and tell me please…..WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?