I’ve been reading a lot this summer. So many good books and so little time! One of the books that’s been sticking with me lately is Anne Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. A friend told me about the book a few months ago and I mentally added it to my “to read” list. A couple weeks later, a student asked to meet with me regularly and wanted to read that particular book and discuss it. The Lord must have wanted me to read it. 🙂
I’ve read and enjoyed Voskamp’s writing before, so I was looking forward to reading it, but it was nothing like I expected. She has a unique way of writing that makes you feel like you are processing with her. Her writing is raw and real. We are only in the third chapter, and yet my head and heart have processed so much!
I’ve always been a “glass half empty” gal since I was little. My parents always challenged me to think of the blessings in my life and I genuinely try my best to do this. But as any broken person will tell you, when they’re tired, it’s hard to fight the battle.
Voskamp’s book has been a great challenge to my heart in the area of gratitude. It’s actually been freeing in some ways. One of the points (to which I can’t do justice) is that gratitude is the vehicle which brings His joy and grace to us. Thankfulness also creates the space for us to recieve and hang onto His joy and grace.
So here’s a few things that I’m thankful for and the start “again” of my journey to deep abiding thankfulness!
Yummy food (especially homemade granola)
My job and all the women I get to pour into (and fun photo sessions)
Notes and snailmail (anything written)