Thank-you journal

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Ann Voskamp wrote a book in 2011 entitled “1,000 gifts.” In it, she describes the act of giving thanks as an integral, sacred part of her spiritual life. Following her lead, I decided to start a journal of one sentence reminders of things I am grateful for. My entries are not along the lines of  ‘thank-you for the blue sky or thank-you for singing birds’ ..not that this isn’t totally fine and wonderful… but my list is more like “Thank you that my mammogram came back normal, thank-you that my husband’s plane landed safely, thank-you that the weather was so beautiful on my son’s wedding day.”

I don’t force Nice hands with french manicure on the notebook.myself to log something every night, I only write when I truly want to make a note of something that I feel I need to specifically acknowledge, thank God for and be reminded of. I also keep each entry to one line, after all, I know what I’m referring to.

There are two benefits to keeping a gratitude journal: one is developing the discipline of taking a moment to recognize God’s hand actively moving in your life and to thank Him. The other benefit is long term. It is really quite awesome to sit down and leaf through page after page of big and small personal life My-Gratitude-journal-New-Era-2006-11experiences that testify to God’s goodness, grace, protection, constancy and mercy.  It is especially powerful to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness  if we are going through a rough time.

Someone turned in my lost camera.

We didn’t get hurt in the car accident.

Slept really well last night.

FINALLY figured out how to set up the blog.

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 Thank-you Lord for  caring about the little details of my life..

Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new  every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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