Gratefulness… thankfulness… these are the things of my heart lately. A friend of mine shared a book with me about a year ago. Maybe you’ve heard of it? One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It was one of those situations where she shared wonderful things from the book & I said, “I have to read that,” and went on with my life like the conversation never happened.
Then all of a sudden I started seeing blog posts being shared by Ann Voscamp on facebook. Ann Voskamp… why does that name sound so familiar? I don’t know if you’re the same way or not, but sometimes God has to repeat something over & over & over & over again for me to get it. So I bought the book. It was very difficult for me to get through the 1st chapter. I find it hard to follow her writing style, but that doesn’t make her writing any less powerful. I’m determined to finish the book as I’ve gotten so much out of the first six chapters that I’ve read.
The basic idea is to keep a list of things that you are thankful for, adding to it every day. If you like Ann’s facebook page, then you’ll see her post 3 ideas for each day if you need a little kick start. She calls it her Joy Dare.
Since I have a couple of Journals lying around the house, I chose one to be my Thankfulness journal & started writing in it. I’m not perfect. I don’t make sure I get 3 in there every day. But the good news is that I’m writing more in there, more frequently. I’m starting to look for things specifically so I can write them down. Like these…
I saw those driving home from church. The minute I got home I had to grab my camera & take some pictures. They were gorgeous! I smile as I think about the guy who walked by when I was taking pictures. “My favorite clouds,” I said. He replied, “They’re magnificent aren’t they?! People should look up & see them! They’re always looking down. Beautiful day!” How much do I miss looking down, or even looking in?
Some things I am grateful for today are:
1. My daughter playing her guitar out in the grass while my toddler watched & sang along with her (at the top of his lungs no less).
2. My husband coming home from a long day of work, piano lessons, & a short night’s sleep to play basketball with his boys in the back yard.
3. My seven-year old & my toddler reenacting the opening scene from Little House on the Prairie, complete with toddler falling & getting back up again. Seriously made me laugh, and they had no idea why I had such a big grin on my face. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?