[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s this thing people do this time of year, the counting of gifts.
Coming way late into the game, in the middle of November at that, there’s something I think you should know.
I’ve not done this, till now. (Really–am I the only one?)
I tend to avoid strong currents. Until this summer. In the middle of the heat, Ann’s book and my journal, I found myself swept up in naming His gifts…
And what I found was this: giving thanks has a way of leaving you full. And if the act of thankful is to give thanks away…,then we live feeling full when we live giving thanks.
And John says all this fullness doesn’t stop because “we have all received grace upon grace” (John 15:4). Gift upon gift.
And in my rush there’s too much time to forget when what I really need is to remember. “It is he [the LORD] who gives…” (Deuteronomy 8:18) and we are each of us—full.
And there’s this thing we can do with our pens, a practice of pinning praise down that helps a person see. Like the zoom lens of a camera, hold the pen to the page long enough and blurred images focus and start taking shape.
Sometimes I have to slow down…to catch what’s important. Make time for stillness…to really see. And choose…not the rush but to remember.
You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives… (Deuteronomy 8:18).
Gift upon gift.
So this season I’m making time…to make Him room. And this simple gratitude journal. Care to join me?
1. find a notebook (Any one will do.)
Cover with your choice of fabric, ribbon or scrapbooking paper. Or, if you’re craft-challenged (like me) buy one pre-made.
(This one was made by a young missionary to Mexico.)
2. Add a little extra with this free printable.
(This I can do!) A little tuck here and a little paste there, and you’re ready to go.
3. Make time for stillness…
Slow down…to catch what’s important. And chose to remember by counting the ways He loves and 1-2 of His gifts every day.
(This post was shared on MissionalWomen.com.)