Becoming: Thankful

humming bird breezes, first cup of coffee, yellow butterfly dances

     I am reading a book for the second time.  No big deal — I love re-reading my favorite books, three, four, five, six times!  But I’m not re-reading this book just to enjoy it again.  It’s the type of book that every time I read it, I uncover a jewel missed before.  I am reading it again to digest it more fully.  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp challenges readers to pause and record 1,000 blessings given from the Lord.

     We are forever reminded of 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 — Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  This is easy to view as a very difficult — no, impossible — charge.  But in every thing that comes our way, there is something to be thankful for.  It is our job to find it.  And as Mrs. Ann says —  praying with eyes wide open is the only way to pray without ceasing.  And with our eyes wide open, we will discover the thousands of gifts the Lord has given us.

How often do we see the little things, the moments overlooked in the rush of life?  How often do we thank Him for the moon shadows, the hummingbird breezes, the sunlight lying dappled on the notebook?  Pausing to notice, savor, and record these precious, brief moments  — it slows the mess of life.

I am trying to train myself to hunt for these gifts and to lift up thanks to Him from whom all blessings flow.

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