Look for the small blessings that fill your everyday life. Make a list and I’m sure you will find more than you thought possible. It’s the combination of all these blessings that help us get up in the morning. How sad would it be to go through life focused only on our challenges. Choosing to look for the blessing in my everyday life, has given me the drive to keep moving forward. It has highlighted all the reasons to choose life.
A friend and I decided to embark on the challenge set by Ann Voskamp in her book ‘One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are’. The challenge is to write down 1000 gifts you identify in your everyday lives over an extended period. Ann says, “The practice is intended to be a way of cultivating a habit, of learning to live praise, to make gratitude and joy your default, to move thanksgiving away from a holiday to a lifestyle.”
I dare you to try it – it works.
Since writing this I have realised that I have not been as committed to this practice as I would like. So, I have decided to start my 1000 Gifts challenge again and invite you to do the same. Ann Voskamp’s app is free to download. Ann is a committed Christian and the accompanying book is all about giving thanks and glory to God for your gifts. But whatever or whoever you believe in, we all need to recognise, and be thankful for the things we have. I am going to encourage my older kids to join in too.
In order to share my 1000 Gifts journey with you, I have started the following Facebook page. All the gifts I recognise, I will share on this page.
I guarantee if you commit to this challenge, you will start to perceive your life differently.
GIFT 1 – My beautiful husband, who has stuck by my side. He treats me with dignity and respect and loves me even though I am broken.
Gift 2 – My Children, who love and accept me just the way I am.
I could count them as 4 gifts. They are all unique, and individually, bring so much to my life.
Gift 3 – My home, where I feel safe.