One Thousand Gifts

I recently read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and it has inspired me to slow down and find God’s hand in the little things. The book is like poetry, it is written so beautifully. She writes about how we can find joy in the midst of cruelty, chaos and despair. Just hours before Jesus was executed, he took bread and gave thanks. I decided to follow her challenge and write down the little things that bring me joy (trying to write as poetically as her is hard!). It’s usually something so meaningless that happens every day but at certain times it will take me off guard for just a split second, and instead of forgetting it a minute later, I write it down with the date. It’s an easy way that I can remember God’s grace through gratitude and I’m hoping it helps me live fully right where I am. I recommend reading her book and joining in on the challenge with me!

#28

July 25

Purple flowers pushing through concrete

#27

May 29

Large fields of long grass moving like ocean waves

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April 08

The yellow-green color of sun-filtered leaves

#25

February 17

The soft heavy breathing of a focused child

#24

November 14

Muted colors that whirl you to a memory of a grandparent’s backyard

#23

November 05

A perfectly, tiny symmetrical face in the rear-view mirror

#22

October 28

Tiny leaves endlessly falling as snow

#21

October 09

The flash of a swinging child’s head over a fence

#20

September 01

Little pools of water in baby knuckle dimples

#19

February 09

Holding your child for the first time

#18

December 06

A good night’s sleep on a pregnancy pillow

#17

August 30

When the light and shadows on a face create yellow and blue.

#16

August 26

The kicks and dances of a baby in the belly

#15

May 14

A well fitted dress

#14

May 12

The evening sun behind green trees

#13

April 27

Spinning in a long dress

#12

April 19

Perfectly shaped swirl down a drain

#11

April 18

Big flurries of snowflakes falling slowly

#10

April 17

Smallest sliver of a moon

#9

April 15

Jolt of energy at a usual draining place

#8

April 09

A sincere random compliment of beauty

#7

April 07

Holding hands down a busy street

#6

January 08

Loving soft hands on my cheek

#5

December 12

Bright moon on a clear morning

#4

November 05

Birds in a row on a freeway ledge

#3

October 28

Light shining down through our little kitchen window

#2

October 01

Sun peeking through misty mountains

#1

April 13

Trees morphing into climbing giants on a mountainside