The book One Thousand Gifts was gifted to me by one of my roommates who knew I could use a heavy dose of gratitude. And she was right!
This book has been challenging and encouraging. The way the author talks about her hardships and the times she fails to give thanks in all situations -- her times of doubt and frustration -- all these things seem to make her real.
I feel like I often read Christian books and think to myself. "Is this person real? Do they really spend five hours praying everyday? Have they really memorized whole books of the Bible?" And although each persons relationship with the Lord is different, I often finish those kinds of books with an extreme since of inadequacy.
Not the case with this book. Each day I find myself hoping to find the time to sneak away to read, even just a page. She talks about giving thanks and how it always proceeds the blessing. She even talks about 1 Thessalonians 5:18 -- giving thanks in all circumstances. She, like the title suggests, goes through this challenge of writing out what she is thankful for and the more she does it, the more she begins to see how her relationship with Jesus changes.
I have not yet found a journal to be my "thankful journal" but I have a few things already in my head.
I'm thankful for:
A song we sung at Sunday evening worship! I love it!!
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