Back in 2010 a book came out called “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Maybe you read it too? It was a life changing book, and I don’t say that lightly.
“I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die, the moments before I sleep.” Ann Voskamp
I don’t want to just give thanks on this day of Thanksgiving. I want to give thanks every day, for the little things I have been given. This book inspired me to start looking at the little things around me, like the sunset every morning streaming through my kitchen window.
I started a One Thousand Gifts List on my blog at Have Faith Everyday. Now, I have to admit I am a little lazy at recording the gifts there (I have listed 428), but I have continued to write these down on paper, in my prayer journal.
Did you know that scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier? And that’s not the only benefit. Practicing gratitude and giving thanks brings us closer to God.
My prayer journal has become my thankful list with God.
After all, He commands us to give thanks in everything, every day. [1 Thessalonians 5:18]
Like a hearty bowl of soup on a cold, damp autumn day, giving thanks fills us up. Practicing gratitude in the little things around us, not just the big things, gives us a chance to slow down. We live a busy, rushed life. We must slow down to see the little things that normally go missed.
I can’t think of a single thing I have gained by being in a hurry, rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off. No. I can only think of the things I missed. And rushing doesn’t add a single minute, hour or day to my life. It steals my time and stresses me out.
God gave us life not to rush through it with our busyness but to live fully in it.
“I don’t really want more time; I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done-yesterday.” Ann Voskamp
That is my prayer for you too this Thanksgiving. May you have more time to see the small miracles, time to breathe deep, and see the glory of God, and joy to sing the fullness of salvation in Jesus Christ. Amen