Monday, October 3, 2011

Counting One Thousand Gifts with Ann Voskamp -- #1

If you haven't read Ann Voskamp's beautiful book, One Thousand Gifts, you really should.  God's grace has been taught to me by pastors, Sunday School teachers, my parents, and other folks along the way.  Ann, however, has written so beautifully about God's grace and how we can see it in everyday acts and things that my concept of grace has changed monumentally!  Not only that I've learned so much about gratitude from Ann's book -- gratitude isn't just about being thankful in the bigger things but in the lesser also. 

One of Ann's challenges to her readers is to begin keeping a list of one thousand gifts.  I've recently started my list, and today I'm joining Ann at A Holy Experience, along with many others in offering gratitude for my gifts in recent days:

103.  Juicy red tomatoes
104.  New moms coming to MOPS
105.  Sunday School teachers
106.  Good MRI results for Bob
107.  Joy of seeing Kylie ready for dance class
108.  Beck's return to the south
109.  Jeremiah 29:11
110.  Visit with friend from Florida
111.  Sundays
112.  Anticipation of new baby in the family come December
113.  New friendships
114.  Fall shadows
115.  Sounds of rain
116.  Rest from a good night's sleep
117.  Waking to sounds of rain on the roof
118.  Kitty brushing love against my legs
119.  Good phone talk with older son Craig

Even if you haven't read the book, start now counting your gifts from God.  His love is all powerful and encompasses us with warmth and gifts unimaginable until we stop to take account of them.  Join us each Monday to share your gifts!

1 comment:

  1. Hello! Popping in from Ann's place. I read your "about me" page and found out you are a retired legal secretary. I was a legal secretary for 15 years. I loved it way back then, but could never keep up with it now! Jeremiah 29:11 is a favorite of mine, and it's raining here in California today. Finally feels like fall. Have a beautiful tomorrow!


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