Thanksgiving Thursdays, A Tradition of Gratitude

Most of you, my blog friends, know that I am an avid reader, a bookworm with hundreds of books lining a homemade, built-in bookcase, carefully organized by subject, and hundreds more boxed and placed in sheds, basements, and storage nooks. I have already read many of those hundreds of books, and have my marker in many more.

I am guilty of a little habit of starting a book, finding another fabulous read and starting it, followed by still another fascinating title that I cannot help but peek into. My sweet, patient husband is never shocked when I excitedly tell him that Amazon has directed me to yet another enticing hardback, filled with what is promised to be nothing short of manna from heaven.

But this year, 2012, is different – mostly. I have sworn myself to finishing a whole book before beginning another. It is working – mostly. I have finished five books so far this year, and only with two of them have I been guilty of literary infidelity.

One such innocent dalliance flourished and became true love: One Thousand Gifts. Isn’t that beautiful to even say? Try it. “One Thousand Gifts.” I am smitten.

The author, Ann Voskamp, writes in a hauntingly beautiful, often cumbersome style. Her words are works of art that require time and full attention, but yield such miraculous joy that ought not to be missed.

The message of One Thousand Gifts is a challenge, a dare, to see life and all it offers as gifts from the hand of a loving Creator-Father, to bless the Lord who daily loads us with benefits (Ps. 68:19). Ann invites the eyes of our hearts to see everything through the lens of thankfulness, to taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8). “Counting His graces makes all moments into one holy kiss of communion and communion comes in the common.” Ann writes, “Is there a greater way to love the Giver than to delight wildly in His gifts?”

I accept. I accept the challenge, the dare. I will, along with Ann, be a hunter of beauty, seeking where – anywhere, everywhere – I may be thankful and receive what the Giver has given.

Will you join me? Will you, too, be a hunter of beauty? Will you join me here every Thursday? I would like to show you, here, every Thursday, where I have found beauty, and for what I have given thanks. Sometimes it will be a little, sometimes it will be a lot. And I would like you to show me, through your comments, where you have found beauty, and for what you have given thanks.

Ann wisely reminds us, though, that “all beauty is only a reflection. And whether I am conscious of it or not, any created thing of which I am amazed, it is the glimpse of His face to which I bow down. Do I have eyes to see that it’s [God] and not the thing?…I must “have eyes to see His face in all things so I’m not merely dazzled by the trinket.”

So join me every Thursday, blog friends, in giving thanks to our God the Father for everything (Eph. 5:20). “Thanksgiving always precedes the miracle!”

            My Weekly Thanksgiving List for Thursday, 8/9/12

  1. New recipes that I try out on friends that turn out delicious…and pretty!

  2. Tears wept from a thankful heart, cleansing away ugly ungratefulness
  3. Chinese food after a good day Jeeping
  4. String cheese
  5. Teething marks on my favorite pen

     

  6. Secretly planning a date with my husband
  7. The compassionate love of a friend
  8. A week off of work
  9. The end of road construction!
  10. A wonderful visit with out-of-state family
  11. A love affair with my husband 

Please tell me, what gifts have you received this week?

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6 comments on “Thanksgiving Thursdays, A Tradition of Gratitude

  1. Love, love, love this book so much Jodi! I sheepishly tell people when they ask me if I recommend it how her writing completely changed my life. God used this book at a very dark time of the soul for me. Here is my testimony and review that I wrote back in May. I usually don’t blog on Thursdays, but I may have to sneak some time in here in the future. Blessings friend, continue to count the gifts. http://julieabel.com/2012/05/a-lesson-in-being-grateful-ann-voskamp/

    • I love your blog post, Julie, what a testimony. (I love the way a running shower smells too. Aren’t those types of things just amazing!?) I completely understand not being much a joiner where ladies get together for groups or retreats, I’m not either. So let’s get together here! 😀

      I believe Ann is a testament to the truth that, through Christ, we can do all things, because through Him, she has touched and changed so many lives. What a blessing! Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  2. Jamie Tamez says:

    Ah, Jodi, you’ve done it again. : ) I will not fail to join you on Thursdays, coffee cup in hand. I anticipate the blessings to be shared.
    God’s greatest blessing to me, after His gift of salvation, is you, my daughter, and your daughter, and your husband. My three treasures, indeed. Mama

  3. wahmco says:

    The concept of gratitude is so big, some times I think we miss the blessing of simply understanding.

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