All of us have heard of Christmas in July but I have been working on Thanksgiving in August. A couple "special assignments" from Mischelle at The Angel Company have given me fresh enthusiasm… I just love getting to talk about gratitude and abundance! You should see and read the results of my recent work in the next month or so. Then, this week, I read this verse:
"From the fulness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." -John 1:16
I had been thinking all week about the power of gratitude. For me, gratitude takes me back to where I need to be… in conversation with the Giver of every good and perfect gift. It causes me to be humbled and thankful for all that I have been given.
Here are just a few things from my recent Abundance lists that add up to be 'one blessing after another': Abundance is: jobs for each person in our family, a home to call our own, being able to bless others at our garage sale, an incredible stash of cardstock, miles of ribbon, phone calls from my sisters, a wonderful church home and family, celebrating 30 years of our church's existence, a good chiropractor, Psalm 112, laughter (even when it hurts!), a daughter delivering a mocha frappucino to me at work, the gift of a new Gratitude journal, faithful friends, having something to look forward to, another opportunity to go to British Columbia, and finding favor.
Those who know me best may call me on publishing an abundance list when circumstances in this last month (or can I be honest and say most of 2010?!) have been painfully challenging. My response is a quote I refer to often:
You have recorded my troubles. You have kept a list of my tears. Aren't they in Your records? (Ps. 56:8)
"If God makes a list of my laments, I will make a list of God's love. If God has a list of my pain, I will make a list of my praise. If God writes a list of my tears, I will write a list of my thanks. It's Love that makes God and I list keepers. And keeping the list of His love, keeps me in joy." -Ann Voskamp
Whether your life's circumstances are good or bad at this point in time, I encourage you to continue looking for those things, however big or small, that you can be thankful for. Sometimes, even in the midst of pain or crisis, identifying something you can be thankful for really can make a difference!
Practicing Gratitude With You,