When I thought about the title for this blog, I began to think I would post some thankful thoughts on the last Thursday of each month. I have since decided instead to end each month with a list of things/people for which I’m thankful. One item for each day of the month. By the end of the year I’ll have a list of 365 reasons to be thankful! I’ve heard, and science has confirmed, being thankful makes us happier. One of the things that triggered these thoughts was looking for a new Bible study for the ladies at Church. Our next study will be Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts”. Onethousandgifts.com says of the book, “This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ’s thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.”
So here are my 31 thanks gifts for January:
- New beginnings. Every moment is an opportunity for new beginnings. The Bible is full of stories of new beginnings. Even the last book speaks of a new heaven and new earth.
- Opportunities to celebrate people, even if it’s just because they’re another year older.
- A job with co-workers who are also great friends and encouragers.
- Enough money to pay the bills and a little extra.
- A good report from the doctor.
- The ability to think, ponder, remember, dream and imagine.
- Time with family.
- The laughter of children.
- Enough snow to add to creation’s beauty but not so much that it takes a lot of shoveling.
- Shelter from the storm, cold and/or wind.
- Ways to keep in touch with friends around the world.
- People who serve/have served in our Armed Forces.
- The folks at the local fire company – all volunteers.
- Comfort in times of grief.
- My car continues to get me where I need to go.
- People who are examples of being overcomers.
- Confirmation that God is speaking to me.
- Circumstances that trigger fond memories.
- The technology to capture photographs.
- Sandy – the lady in Chicago who answered my customer service call with a pleasant voice, kind attitude and helpful information.
- Knowing my identity is in Christ Jesus and it doesn’t matter what other people call me or think of me.
- Not having to always be original – I can share something from someone else that touched my heart.
- Music which stirs your soul without words.
- Reminders to keep pursuing my dreams.
- Warm days in the middle of January, even if it is raining.
- Waking with a song of praise.
- Eyes able to see people smile.
- Making new friends.
As I was making my list, I remembered the hymn “Count Your Blessings”. Looking at the words to the verses, the hymn suggests to count your blessings when things are not looking good. I challenge you to start your own list or journal of the many gifts that come your way. May you have more than 1000!
Vicky B said:
Great idea, wonderful gifts of grace!
This is awesome!