I read a book this past year called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. You can view Ann’s sweet website right here. She is so inspirational and real. I would urge you to check out her thoughts. In the most basic sense, her book is about being faithfully thankful. She really brings a a spirituality to every mundane and seemingly secular bit of life. I found the book to really impact how I prayed and how I thought about my spot in life. With that being said, I certainly do forget sometimes. I complain about not having “me” time, wanting more material things for my family and I, and envying what others have either actual things or attributes. The point is that I correct myself more. I reel my self in and try to stop the “I want” or “I need” attitude.
The truth is that I’m blessed with so much. These blessings or gifts as you could call them are given for a reason. I’m supposed to be doing something with my healthy body. I’m supposed to be using my mind for a higher calling than watching oodles of reality TV and memorizing all the casts of the Real Housewives franchises. My passions coupled with my gifts should be put to good use. What should I be striving for? Well, service. Service to others, my family at home and my human family at large. Service to whatever God intends for me. Big or small. Impacting many or impacting one. Glamourous or unnoticed.
To aid reflection on these blessings and focus on what the One in charge of this life wants for me, we’ll be starting a thankful banner. I’m going to be adding one leaf to the garland for each day in November of something that I’m thankful for or some way I can use a gift to serve. Even weekend days… I’ll post pictures as it comes together, but these are my inspirations…
Link to directions here.
Link here to tatertots & jello. Fun site!
November really prompts many of us to think about blessings and all the treasures we have on this earth. This is an attitude that should remain with us all year. I’m going to really try and focus on it this month and take the time daily to reflect.
What are you most thankful for?
Any ideas to help celebrate thanksgivings?