I am reading a book by Ann Voskamp: “One
Thousand Gifts”. I am not even halfway
through and it has already touched my
I went to my room and started looking around
and thinking about my own gifts from God.
The sound of the fan whirring over my head in
my room, the game of chase that our sweet
little Chihuahua plays with us, and a blessing
of a car that has a speedometer that works
Then I look at pictures that hold precious moments
in my life. The picture of my first grandson Fischer
when he was a baby. Two pictures: one of his mother
holding him and one of his daddy. Both mom and dad
are looking at him so tenderly.
I see a picture of my other son and his wife. He is
holding my first granddaughter. She is wearing a
onesie that has the logo of his favorite football team.
Then there is the picture of my daughter with two
dogs: Pocket and Rocket. Precious memories.
In just a few short minutes I wrote down thirteen
gifts. I am so excited to think of writing down the
day to day gifts that God has blessed me with and
to see all the ways that He loves me.
I also reflect on a verse in the bible: I Thessalonians
5:17-18 pray without ceasing; in everything give
thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
As I think about this I know that I also need to look
back on my life and think of those moments
which were frightening or sad. I need to think of those
as gifts because God saw me through those times. He
brought me out of the stormy times into times of
rainbow and sunshine.
I hope that I am able to write more about this journey
and all the gifts. I am sure like Ann Voskamp that I can
come up with One Thousand at least. I hope you can
also start thinking of God’s gifts each day. Maybe a
rainy day won’t seem like a blah day or a day full of
stress will be seen from a different perspective.
One Thousand Gifts: start your counting.