Friday, 24 June 2011

Living a life of Thankfulness - Part 1


Before 3 weeks ago I had never heard of  Ann Voskamp's book 'One Thousand Gifts' but bouncing around all the blogs I visit and follow, you cannot fail to see it.  Everyone seems to be listing their blessings and gifts as they see it from the Lord and I was intrigued.  So I looked for her book, found it, and am busy reading it.  I am STUNNED!  How pale has been my thanksgiving in comparison!


I have been mulling over all this new information and what it means for me.

So,
1.  I have started a list of things I'm thankful for, but that doesn't seem enough.  Doesn't seem to make an impact, although Ann V does say to keep doing it until it becomes part of who you are.


In my quiet time I read the following scripture:
Ps 89 v 1:  I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever!  Young and old will HEAR of your faithfulness.

Thus,
2.  I feel God is saying not to only list all these gifts to be thankful for from Him, but to verbalize it - tell someone - In the telling of it is the hearing of it and thus it starts to become part of you.  Faith comes from 'hearing', so maybe a thankful attitude also develops better from 'hearing'.

I Thes 5 v 18:  No matter what happens, ALWAYS be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.



Thus,
3.  I want to develop thanksgiving in myself even if circumstances don't reflect anything to be thankful for.  For example, in our darker days years back our vehicle broke down and we had no money to fix it.  We could not generate and income because we needed the vehicle to work, but I was thankful for my husband's friend who took it upon himself to fix the bakkie (a pick-up truck).  I was thankful for his wife who took my kids to school for me.  I was thankful to her for taking me to the shop for my basics for home.

I have been failing on the thankful scale of late.  I'm more irritated by what goes wrong than thankful for all the gifts and blessing hidden in the open for me to see.  Maybe thats why God led me to all you lovely ladies who have been practicing and blogging about thankfulness.  He wanted me to see, learn and grow.


I am thankful for Ann V's book because it has me focusing on thankfulness and what God's word says about it.

One thing she says in her book which sticks with me, is thankfulness comes before the miracle.  That is encouraging me to be thankful for the things I hope for in faith.  Thankfulness is helping me practice my faith more.


I hope in some small way I have encouraged you in your walk of thankfulness as many of you have encouraged me.


God bless
Tracy

19 comments:

  1. Hi Tracy. Great post. I too am reading Ann's book and know that I am not giving thanks nearly enough. We always have so much to be thankful for...even in the bad times we can find good if we look to HIM!
    Thanks for another wonderful post.
    You have a good weekend also.
    Blessings in Him...Chelle

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  2. I really liked that part, too . . . thankfulness comes before the miracle.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  3. Eish Sista!
    Looks like I need to borrow a book from you when you're finished with it, please?

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  4. Sounds like really good book! Thanks for talking about it (I've never heard of it).

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  5. It is funny how we feel like nothing is going right but when we sit down and list the things to be thankful we see all the miracles that we would have skipped over.

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  6. I must say I've never heard of the Book but seen it allot on other people's blogs...the word thankfulness is something we need to practice all the time..the moment we began to complain we should stop and ask ourselves what are we thankful for? We may not have all we desire but God said I will give you your daily bread...He tells us that we lack nothing so why do we find it so hard to be thankful for what we have I believe it's out of greed..when we spend to much time looking at things instead of looking at Christ we loose focus of what is really important. AMEN

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  7. Nice post. When we approach God with a heart of gratitude (no matter what our circumstances might be) something amazing happens. He changes our heart and our perspective. Thanks for this reminder.

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  8. I know that I don't focus enough on thankfulness, but when I do, it changes my heart. It's hard to complain when I'm listing my blessings. I really like this post, Tracy!

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  9. Tracy.

    Lovely post, I have heard of this book, my church is even doing bible study on it. I think God is trying to tell me something because just the other day someone said to me put a praise in the middle of everything because doing that changes everything.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  10. Hi Ladies. Thank you all for your comments. I can see this is a subject close to all our hearts. I'm THANKFUL for all of you. You make me feel special!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  11. Tracy - Love this post & how you took thankfulness one step further...How important it is to TELL of His good works in our lives! What a great faith building/declaration to the world around us of just how good our God is!! So easy to see life half full sometimes. I actually had a friend one time tell me...every time I complain about my husband or mother-in-law, you always start talking about how hard working they are or how strong they are etc. etc. I think it probably irritates her. But yes, Oh, that we might be declarers of His truth! His Goodness! Forgetting not His benefits & TELLING of His good works always! Love & Blessings to you, Jen

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  12. Hi Jen. Thanks for the comment. I really do want to take it that step further and speak out my thankfulness.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  13. I loved that book and I read her blog too...very inspirational and challenging at times!

    joy & blessings to you!

    Alida

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  14. Thank you fro sharing. I haven't read this book but it sounds good.This is the first time we have linked to this party so hope you will come by for a visit. Blessings, Debbie

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  15. Thankfulness before the miracle = faith in action. Love it!!

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  16. Tracy,

    I've been trying to read this book, though it's not one of my favorites. Some parts of it are difficult to understand. However, I like her idea about being thankful for the small things in life - the things that we usually take for granted.

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  17. I haven't read the book, but feel like I have been trying to practice the thankful thing for years! I think it takes work to cultivate a thankful spirit as a habit, but it sure changes my attitude when I do!

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  18. This was very good. I, too, have seen many lists, and they have encouraged me in many ways. And yet, I haven't started my list or read the book. I keep telling myself I will, but haven't. I guess I just need to do it and quit thinking about it:)

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  19. Tracy,
    After reading both of your posts and everyone's comments, I think I'm going to have to read the book too! Thanks for sharing.
    Tresa

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