Thursday, February 6, 2014

Praise & Thanks

"Fear thinks God is finite and 
fear believes there is not going to be enough 
and hasn't counting one thousand gifts, 
endlessly counting gifts, 
exposed the lie at the heart of all fear?  
In Me, blessings never end because 
My love for you never ends.  
If my goodness toward you end, 
I will cease to exist, child.  
As long as there is a God in heaven, 
there is grace on earth and I am 
the spilling God of the uncontainable, 
~ Ann Voskamp's word from the Lord 
during her journey to 1,000 gifts

I heard, saw, and read so much buzz about this book before I read it.  Being a little apprehensive about outright buying it, a friend checked it out at the library for me.  It was due back before I finished, and I had to buy it. Honestly, to read this book over and over will most definitely worth it.  I'm a highlighter and underliner, and this book has more marks within the pages than any book I own aside from the Bible.

This concept of remembering and giving thanks morphed into a challenge to count my blessings.  Not in a nonchalant fashion accompanied with a head nod and long blink, but rather a literal challenge - pen to the paper - numbered list of graces throughout my month, week, day, moment by moment acknowledgement of the grandeur even in the mundane, routine, and seemingly insignificant.

"Why is remember and giving thanks the core of Christ-faith? 
Because remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust - to really believe."
~ Ann Voskamp, 1,000 Gifts

So, I did.  I've been listing.  And here, Praise & Thanks, I plan to share my graces, blessings, my gifts. I'd love for you to join me.  There is a freedom and joy that fill when reflecting on my numbered gifts.  In those times when doubt, darkness, and defeat invade my thoughts - the graces remind me of the victory behind and before me. "God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors." This perpetual shift in perspective changes everything.  Upward not inward.
Join in. Share your list. 
Have you read 1,000 Gifts?
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  1. I read most of it. I had trouble finishing it not because it was a bad book (I too got a lot out of it), but for me her way with words distracted me from the meaning behind what she was saying. One day, I plan to finish it. I actually picked Eucharisteo as my "word for 2014" because I need to remind myself to be more thankful. I'm going to try this year to post on the last Thursday of each month what I'm currently thankful for. I love a quote I saw on Pinterest that said "it is not happy people who are thankful; it's thankful people who are happy" I loved that.

  2. YES! I loved this book. It inspired my own gratitude journal. Last year it was a small journal where I kept my list. This year at the end of each daily entry in my journal I list at least 3 to 5 things I was blessed by that day. 1000 Gifts also inspired my feature "A Spirit of Gratitude" where I list things I am thankful this week. I am going to have to go back and find that passage! I need to copy and print it out to put up somewhere in my home. It goes so perfectly with my word for 2014!

  3. Thank you for the information. I am currently reading 'Thank You Power' by Deborah Norville. It sounds like 'Praise and Thanks' would be a great follow-up book.


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