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Counting Gifts, 1425 to be exact

I thought I should explain my new sign off “counting gifts”.  For the last year and a half or so, I have been reading and rereading the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  She challenges her readers to journal and to write down at least 3 gifts you “receive” each day.  These are gifts He bestows.  Not of gifts I want but gifts I already have. They are just common things; maybe even things I don’t realize are gifts until I write them down… like birds chirping, mail in the mailbox, hearing the wind whistling etc.  This was a stretch for me since I was not a journal writer.  So now Ann has stretched me enough that I am even journaling on my lap top on Word Press.  I am now  up to 1429 gifts I have counted!  Of course, I am on my 3 journaling book.  But it has served as a new practice – the habit of gratitude. To look for things in my life that are good and pure and lovely and beautiful.  Phil 4:11-12 learning to be content with what I have. Learning to be grateful and happy, whether hands full or hands empty.  It is a secret worth spending a lifetime to learn. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.  It is sold in Barnes and Noble, on Amazon, etc.  I am with my second group of ladies, meeting once a week, doing a simple book study following One Thousand Gifts.  Ann’s writing is so deep and creative that you can read it several times and always glean something new.  So I sign off today – Counting His gifts,