11.05.2012

Changed Lives by Giving Thanks

A Holy Experience blog by Ann Voskamp gets mentioned frequently around here. Everytime I share from there I think that no other post could possibly touch me more deeply. Everytime I read another post, I realize I am wrong. Today's post is no exception.

Thanksgiving is 17 days away. Seventeen days for us to get in the habit of giving thanks. A habit that could change not only our lives but the lives of others around us. Read here this afternoon as Ann Voskamp shares how this giving thanks is a "powerhouse game-changer". Might want to grab a tissue or two before heading over too, just in case.

I gave up counting but not the giving of thanks. Here are more thanksgivings:
* "I love yous" from a four-year-old - even if he is attempting to get out of discipline
* surprise moments of great maturity sneaking out of an 18-year-old
* almost three weeks with oldest home
* love between children
* fussing and making up between the same children that love
* rare moment of laundry being complete
* evening meals cooking away
* read alouds with children snuggled in
* Online classes that match existing plans perfectly
* His - story being revealed through a class called history
* An omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God in complete and perfect control, no matter how elections go on the morrow
* Rest and peace found in the secret place of abiding trust - Psalm 91
* Seasons of love

Please, won't you join in with the giving of thanks? If you haven't read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, how strongly I urge you to. This giving of thanks, you don't want to miss this. This little habit is truly a game-changer. As the author says, it isn't a Pollyanna game. It is more, so much more.

Feel free to leave a comment or send an email if you are giving your own thanks. When we share together, amazing things happen. Wonder abounds as all of us real, intentional people with our pains, hurts, and fears dare to give thanks for it all. Together we are put back together by the only One who can. You are welcome here. I give thanks for each of you.

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