I started reading a book which is now on hold because I’m reading a couple of others. This is something that I do frequently and always mean to stop doing but then don’t. I love books. I love to read. And there are soooo many options out there that I have a hard time picking just one at a time. So I often have 2-3 physical books that I’m reading in addition to an audiobook or two in progress.
Back to the original thought – I am in the process of reading One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp . I was in a small group a few years ago and started reading this on the recommendation of a couple of the women, but then I moved on before I finished it. That’s another habit I have – I don’t always get back to the books I start. I used to feel guilty about that but I now choose to believe that I get out of them what I need to at that particular time. Sometimes I may not need the whole book or be ready for it all at once. And that’s okay. This book is a very interesting read, although the author’s voice is a bit hard to get used to in the beginning. She has a unique writing style that I have come to enjoy. The book focuses on gratitude and joy in the everyday things, the thought that giving thanks is the precursor to joy.
“and he took break, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them….” Luke 22:19 NIV
Ann goes on to study the words and finds that eucharisteo is the word used in the original Greek and it means not just thanks, but grace and thanksgiving and joy. The rest of the book (at least as far as I have made it so far) then focuses on showing gratitude for all of the little things, all of the day-to-day, no-big-deal, normal things that if we just stop and think about them for just a minute are a huge part of what makes life so delicious! Some of them can be deep and others silly, but the act of noticing and then showing appreciation can change your mindset. We live in a world where more and newer and better is constantly being pushed at us. But we have so much already! Focusing on gratitude for what we have, both materially and otherwise, can be a way to remember how blessed we are. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! Here’s a few of things I am grateful for:
- the laughter of a baby (seriously, is there anything more precious?!)
- squirrels playing tag around a tree
- naps with a window open during a (not severe) thunderstorm
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