(IN 2012 OR ANY YEAR!)
To continue my ideas on being grateful my friend Jean suggested I read One Thousand Gifts. She loved it. I bought it. For me I had a rough time with the beginning of it. I was saying yeah, yeah what is this about. I thought to myself I've already doing this grateful journal for 20 years what could I learn?
It totally got me in the end.Now I'm going to be a better and more specific 'thanker' to the Lord. You have to be thankful in every situation GOOD OR BAD and find (verb) something to be in thankful for in all situations not just the good ones.
The book I am talking about is called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
EUCHARISTEO - giving thanks for grace. (Give is a verb - it is something we do.)
"One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations." Saint John of Avila
Did you know that God is joyful? Some how I learned or grew up feeling that God was sad. I felt that He was punitive in the old testament and had a sad life in the new testament. Now I'm thinking this - Now that His journey is over - God has to be joyful. "God is the happiest of all. Joy is God's life." We are supposed to live like him and be joyful in spite of our troubles. Isn't that a deep thought and a hard one to wrap your mind around?
Here are some quotes from her book.
"The art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible."
"Transforming ugly into beauty with thanks. "
"Feel thanks and it is absolutely impossible to feel angry."
"Gratitude lays out the planks of trust. I can walk the planks-from know to unknown-and know:He holds. I could walk unafraid."
"You can be the joy."
"The secret to a child's language if laughter, their domain of delight, is perspective."
"The joy of small that makes life large."
"Can we really expect joy all the time? I know it well after a day smattered with rowdiness and worn a bit ragged with bickering, that I may feel disappointment and the despair may flood high, but to give thanks is an action and rejoice is a verb and these are not mere pulsing emotions. While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving."
"Only self can kill joy."
"I can be the joy." We can be the joy.
"Count one thousand gifts, bless the Holy One one hundred times a day, commune with His presence filling the laundry room, the kitchen the hospital, the graveyard the highways and byways and work ways and all the blazing star ways, His presence is filling me."
"THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO FULLY LIVE!"
I saw this on AsTheCrackerHeadCrumbles today and it is a GOD WINK to me.
Running flowing Living Water
God’s refreshment for our soul
Giving us the true direction
To our Heavenly goal
Jesus holds the cup towards us
Then you and I must make the choice
Do we heed the world around us
Or listen to His voice
Do not strive for man’s false praises
Or wallow in the lies you hear
Just accept God’s Living WaterAccept the answer to your fear
Humor for the day:
See the positive spin????
Thought for the day: