Since 2012 I’ve been practicing giving thanks in a daily journal. This practice is no accident.
Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, opened my eyes to:
- this “naming of the moments” as a holy work.
- the sin of ingratitude
- the apostle Paul learning how to be content (Phil.4:11-12)
- hands must be open to receive joy and peace
- joy and peace come in moments
- giving thanks for the microscopic makes a place for God to grow within me
Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Calling, provides daily reminders from Scripture that slowly seep into my soul each day. I find I need these daily readings to keep the practice of giving thanks a vital part of my life. I’m on my second reading of her book and continue to learn. Here are just a few nuggets I’ve underlined or written on post-its.
- Thankfulness opens me to samples of heaven. Nov. 22
- Thankfulness is a language of love.
- Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. Nov. 24
- Thankfulness opens my heart to God’s presence in my life.
- We live in a world where blessings and sorrows intermingle. Nov. 26
- Neglecting the practice of giving thanks darkens my thoughts and can easily defeat me.
I pray this day of thanksgiving is full of joy for you and those you love.
I am thankful for each reader who chooses to spend a few minutes with me each time I write.