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.
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.
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.
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.