Several years ago my friend Carmella introduced me to Ann Voskamp’s best seller, One Thousand Gifts.
It’s a game-changer.
The first time I read it I used the readers guide and it took me months to process it all. The second time I read it was with our oldest daughter, and the third time was for a book study a friend and I led at a local store (more on that later). Each time the truth of it all sand in a little deeper with me.
I have not been as consistent as I would like to be in keeping my journal, but even so, it has changed my way of thinking. I’m slowly learning that it is a discipline I simply must continue for real transformation to occur. It needs to be a way of life for me, or I quickly default to negativity and grumbling.
It isn’t about just being positive, it’s more about receiving all that God allows to come my way with an open hand and willing heart. It doesn’t mean that I stop seeking Him with different requests, like migraine relief for instance. But it acknowledges that He has allowed or not allowed certain situations, and that He can bring beauty out of all of them. Even when I can’t seem to find the beauty. It springs from an unwavering belief that God is good, all the time. And a choice to be thankful on the front end.
November is the month when social media is filled with daily posts about being thankful. It’s a good practice, this being thankful daily.
But for this space, it has to be more than a November thing. It will continue throughout the year with snippets from my own journal and an invitation to add your own gratitude.
To fully appreciate the depth of this practice of gratitude, let me recommend reading One Thousand Gifts along with the Reader Guide. And may this be the beginning of a journey of gratitude for you as well.