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.