Since the time I was introduced to author Ann Voskamp through her book 1,000 Gifts several years ago, my thoughts and journals have been filled with lists of gratitude. As I walk and work and wade through life, conscious choices have built practices that have transformed me. Psalm 118:23-24 says, “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. I will say this is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” If we are ever feeling out of the fullness of His presence, praise is the solution to encountering it once more.
Making sure our prayers are balanced with ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication), and not simply petitions for our needs and wants to be met, is part of the discipline of the Christian life. In her book 31 Days of Praise, author Ruth Meyers revolutionized my prayers to praise early in my Christian walk, but the poetry of Ann Voskamp’s prose awakened my senses in a new way. Truly, there are thousands of gifts to take note of:
1, 697-Waking up basked in sunlight.
1, 704-A fun breakfast with former students; hearing about their college adventures.
1, 707-Storm rolling in over the mountains.
1, 716-Dwelling in a place of refuge.
1, 722-Walking and processing with a friend.
1, 723-Cobalt blue of the Colorado sky; walking with Colorado sunshine on my shoulders.
1, 745-Sitting on the porch to read a novel.
1, 765-Kindness, grace and understanding of true friends.
Now my days resonate with a cadence of thanksgiving as I set the intention of capturing the thousands of ways God works to romance me each day.
***Photo credits to Love Does