Ann Voskamp may be one of the most gifted writers of our time. Her blog has been on top of my feed reader for a while now, so I was very excited to get her book and read more of her words. The book is called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. And I just cannot say enough about it. And I'm only on chapter five. The book came out of a dare from a friend of Ann's to write down one thousand things that made her happy. Things she loved. The result of such a dare was a life changed. A life lived more fully. A life closer to the heart of God. A thankful life. Oh, how I want that kind of life!
So I begin my list. And I dare you to begin one, too. Let's go on a treasure hunt together. Finding the gifts God gives us in the day-to-day.
#1 ~ The life of Yancy Spencer, who lived for Christ and died doing what he loved.
#2 ~ Sound of children laughing and playing across the street.
#3 ~ Ladybug dancing across my windshield yesterday, trying to take flight.
#4 ~ Rays of beautiful sunshine beaming down on my way to work.
#5 ~ Warmer weather that makes me think of spring and new beginnings.
#6 ~ A husband who recently committed to making dinners so his poor wife could have time to exercise! (thank you!)
#7 ~ Plethora of school choices for my daughter. Many parents have no choice.
#8 ~ A skater who inspired me to boldness.
#9 ~ Sport and dance programs led by godly men and women whose goal is to win the hearts of the kids...not the game.
#10 ~ An old microwave I've kept for unknown reasons....until we needed a spare....on Valentine's Day.
This list is going to be on-going. I'm not going to designate a certain day for posting my list, like Thankful Thursday, because I need to be about this thankful journey every single day. Please join me in the journey. Here are some links to help you along the way:
** The Bloom book club from (in) courage is discussing the book, HERE.
** Here's a new website and place where you can list your gifts: One Thousand Gifts.
** Ann Voskamp's blog is such a blessing. Trust me, you will get caught up in her words at A Holy Experience.
~ Note: I bought this book on my own and have not been contacted to write a review! :) ~