Skip to main content

A Thankful Challenge

A few days ago I began reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Every now and then a book comes into your possession that changes your life. This is one of those books. Written like poetry in motion, Ann, brings light to giving thanks. Simply giving thanks. I have yet to write my review, but as you can see, it will be a great review.  This is one of those books you take slowly and let the words sit upon your tongue like sweet honey. I am highlighting and going back to read over words that are just so powerful. Powerful, but yet simple.

I answered yes to Christ eighteen years ago. The question is, "How many times do I say no to Him?" Being a Christian is not about no, but all about yes. Part of that yes comes from being totally thankful. In Ann's book she is taking a challenge of writing down 1000 things she is thankful for. Each day she adds to her list. I think this is so powerful and life changing for us as Christians. It takes our eyes off of what isn't and places them on what is.

I have been carrying around a little leather journal in my purse and now I know just what I am to do with it. I am going to begin my list of thanks. I am going to keep that journal with me and each day when something touches my heart, makes me smile or invites me to think I am going to write it down. Taking note of God's goodness. Being thankful is an invitation to dine with Jesus daily. I love that about Him.

Too many times I wake up and the first thing out of my mouth is, "Gosh, that was a horrible night of sleep." First thing? Shouldn't the first words of my mouth be of thanks? I sure wasn't on a dirty floor sleeping. I was tucked in warm. As I slept my family was just down the hall. I had Daisy's warmth and my husband's soft touch. So many things to be thankful for. Too many times we just don't speak our thanks. For me, I think writing it down means even more. It is me taking the time to focus on the beauty around me which in turn allows me to clearly see the workings of God.

If you haven't picked up this book I encourage you to do so. It is a powerful read that will set your heart in a new direction. This just might be one of those books I simply carry with me. You know, I am known to carry a few books in my bag at all times. LOL Why not? Why not keep with us those very things that make us think and make our eyes turn away from ourselves into the presence of God?

A few months ago, a friend, Shawn Boreta, really inspired me to begin a new blog of thanks. Nothing else, but giving thanks. Simply Robin is just that. Simply me, giving thanks to a God who is forever trying to get my attention and bring me closer to Him.

I think I am finally really getting it. Don't you love it when God opens your eyes to something new? Something He has been trying to get you to see for a long time? The more I uncover the more God unfolds for me. How do I uncover it? By simply looking. By seeking Him more. The more I seek Him the more He will uncover things for me to see fully.  It is just letting go of all the nonsense in life. Opening up my heart to all He has for and just being the woman He is creating me to be. In giving thanks continually throughout the day I am giving praise. I am living in worship. I am bowing to the Holy One who lives in me. Giving thanks is powerful beyond words really. I can speak all day that I am a Christian. That I am a follower of Christ, but if my life is not showing it my words mean nothing. If my heart is not thankful in all can I really be of Christ? We complain so very much. In complaining we make everything about us. No matter what we are complaining about we really make it about us. Why? Well, whatever is making us complain is not making us happy. Well, what if we totally changed our attitude and sought out thankfulness in each and every thing? In doing so we tend to see the bright side of all. In seeing the bright side we give light to God. We give Him room to shine.

I hope you will join me in beginning a new journey of thanks. Last night I found myself thankful for the tender glow of the moon. The glimmer of the stars and the cool underside of my pillow. Things we take for granted each and every day. For me, it is time to live out loud what I am thankful for. I want to celebrate Christ through living a life filled with purpose and thanks.

"Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Philippians 3:1

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I wills say, rejoice." Philippians 4:4

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

A thankful heart is a prayerful heart!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

Oh, just where do I begin? This is the stuff in which great novels are made. I made my way through this richly beautiful novel turning page after page with such deep emotion and thought. I couldn't turn the pages quick enough, but I didn't want it to end to soon. It's one of those novels you could continue reading as long as there were pages. No page just made of fluff, words with no meaning on the page. Every single line in this novel created a story that will last in my heart forever. 
Ms. Everson, I am so happy stories of the war were shared with you. Oh, to have your Sunday school teacher share with you, "You can't choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose who you marry", is a blessing that has now enchanted your readers. What a story you have weaved together. History penned with such depth, detail, and a story that captures the heart. 
This lovely story begins in 1941. The war has started. Picture a family gathered around the Zenith to hear t…

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

I want to begin this review sharing two reviews I was blessed to do. The Butterfly and The Violinand A Sparrow in Terezin. For me these two novels were masterpieces. Works of such exquisite beauty. They showed that Kristy Cambron is gifted with the pen, a master storyteller. They remain two of my all-time top favorites. 
It was for this reason I was thrilled to be receiving a copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice. Once again Cambron shows us a masterpiece of bringing a story to readers that speaks of faith and our Lord. Although throughout the novel these aspects are not boldly proclaimed, but are masterfully weaved throughout the story. 
Magic and illusion are not the same. I love how she brings this truth. Love that the main character was an apprentice to the master of illusion. She takes the use of being an apprentice and walks that road with integrity and hope. When we choose to walk with Christ we are His apprentices. We are to walk as the main character, Wren Lockhart walked…

The" I Am" Makes Us Think About What "i am"

In Genesis 1:26-27 it shares something valuable to each of us about who we are in God. We are created in His image. What I love about this verse below is that is says, "make man in OUR image". What's OUR? The trinity, God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ Jesus. Ponder that. I mean really go deep. We are make in THEIR image. 
"Then God said, "Let US make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them."
We are His workmanship. He knew us before we were ever born. He weaved us together within the womb, but even before then He planned our life perfectly for us. That's so much to ponder isn't it? 
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared…

The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning

I came across this selection on Amazon. I had seen so many reviews that it intrigued me. I had never read anything from this German author. The cover caught my attention as did the description of this novel. 
It's a part of a trilogy. I am getting ready to open up book 2, The American Lady. I cannot wait to begin. I tell you this book marveled me. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What a journey into another time and place. 
We travel to Germany where this novel is set. The year is 1890 and we find ourselves in Lauscha, Germany. The author did a fantastic job at the perfect description of not only the area, but circumstance, and heart of the characters. Her writing style flows so easily that the pages almost turn themselves. 
The characters are easy to love. Three sisters who are now wondering, after their father had passed from this earth,  how they will now provide for themselves. It isn't going to be easy, but these sisters show us how to prevail over challenges that…

Unexpected Blessings

The last words my dad spoke to me from his hospital bed were, "Rob, take care of your mom." Those are words I have never forgotten. I have not only honored them for my dad, but for my mom. I too am commanded by my Father to honor my mother and father.
"Honor your father and mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12
My mom gave her life in caring for me. On my first birthday, my very first Christmas, was spent in the ICU as I was very sick with pneumonia. A little later I would burn myself with spilled coffee. A few years later I would tumble down many stairs and once again spent time in the hospital. 
I remember all the times I was sick and could feel my mom's hand brush against my forehead as she checked for fever. All the times she must have stayed up all night as I was sick. 
When I was little she would pour me a bowl of Raisin Bran. I loved it. Only I didn't like the raisins. She would take t…