The winner of last week’s giveaway, a free copy of Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart Devotion Book, is Mandy Pyle! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address.
See below for a new giveaway opportunity today!
I have found in my life that I am often hard of hearing. Spiritual hearing that is.
God probably thinks I have some kind of hearing disorder at times, but thankfully, He never fails to keep at it until I get it!
For the past several months, I’ve found myself being thankful for little things. Little things that I thought I should write down, but that seemed kind of silly. So I would mentally appreciate the small blessing, and move on with my day.
But then God seemed to be pounding the message of “praise Him in all things” into my brain.
Over a two week period, my Jesus Calling devotion mentioned several things about praising God for specific things, not just a blanket prayer of “thanks Lord for everything”. Then a friend on Facebook posted about a new bible study – about praising God for specific things. Then my Sunday School lesson later that week was about praising God during hard times. I heard songs on the radio about praising God.
Then I decided to download a new book onto my Ipad, and randomly chose 1000 Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I didn’t fully understand what the book was about even though I had heard about it. Many of you may have already read it before – I’m just a little behind the times!
But as I began reading through it, I realized it was God’s perfect, divine timing that I chose this book on this specific day – because it was all about praise. It’s not just about thanking God for gifts we usually tend to be thankful for – but instead, gifts we all too often overlook. I finally understood that God had been whispering to me through a variety of ways, that He was calling me to develop an attitude of thankfulness.
As I read through the chapters, the words of this book saturated my heart. Not only because of the eloquent way Ann writes, but because it was as if it gave me permission to be thankful for things that most people would think were silly and insignificant.
Like the birds I hear singing outside my bedroom window every morning when I wake up.
Like when my teenage daughter gives me a big hug before she leaves for school.
… when my college age daughter calls me just to chat and tell me about her day
… the smell of my son’s bedroom, a mixture of cologne and his boyish scent
… the way sunshine streaks across the kitchen in late afternoon
… the aroma of laundry drying in the dryer
… how good it feels to sink into my soft warm bed every night
… when my husband texts me just to say ‘I luv u’
… steaming hot coffee with flavored creamer and whip cream on top
… piles of shoes on the steps needing to be taking upstairs to bedrooms
I could go on and on, and on, so I have decided to start my list this week of gifts and blessings that peak awareness in my heart, no matter how big or small, silly or insignificant they seem. I am confident it’s not going to take long to get to 1000, but when I do, I don’t plan on stopping there.
Ephesians 5:20 says “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse doesn’t say give thanks for all the things you got that you really wanted, or answered prayers, or when God does something great. It says “everything.”
In the book, Ann says “I would never experience the fullness of my salvation until I expressed the fullness of my thanks every day,…” This sentence struck a chord in my heart, further fueling my desire to begin consciously being more thankful. If my deep and detailed daily thankfulness not only pleases God, but will also fill my heart with more joy and help me experience the fullness of my salvation, I can’t wait to get started! Just the thought of expressing thankfulness for the tiniest of gifts makes me excited!
I would love to give away two of these books on my blog, because I sincerely believe in the necessity and benefits of expressing gratitude to God in all things. This beautiful book is a perfect way to help us start developing a habit of thankfulness.
To enter to win, leave a comment ON MY BLOG stating three things you have found yourself being thankful for today or this week. Randomly drawn winner will be announced on March 5th.