Monday, January 16, 2012

Be Thankful Anyway

I have felt a yearning in my heart to search more deeply for thankfulness this year, which may seem like an odd thought. How does one search for thankfulness?

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes about being thankful in all circumstances, remembering what God has done and continually giving thanks.

I keep coming back to the words remember and receive. In doing that, the outpouring of thanks becomes more an automatic response.

One of my Christmas gifts was 1000 Gifts.

This book has been a reminder of the grace of God in my life, and how when I let thankfulness and His goodness take me deeper than I thought I could go, I am even more amazed by how much God is so in it. I'm still learning this process of thankfulness, maybe over again for this time in my life, but I know God is here with me...because even as I can rattle off so many big things that I will never grow tired of being so so thankful for, it's like a whisper, the subtleness of being intentionally thankful, those soft reminders that could almost slip by you.

Ann Voskamp writes about the daily discipline of keeping count of the multiples of gifts God gives in her in 1000 Gifts. Several months back, I found her blog before ever touching the pages of her book. I loved that she allowed readers to connect to her and each other through Multitudes on Mondays - and share their own 1000 gifts. I tried doing this but it didn't stick for me, in blog form, journaling, or any other way.

At the time, I thought I was still being thankful, but that I just had a hard time keeping count of the tiny, the intricate, the daily. But isn't this where life exists? Yes, it is about being thankful anyway, amidst the often dualness of joy-sorrow that come together in what many see and live in the day-to-day.

Thankfulness bridges the gap.

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