Monday, January 9, 2012
When we lived off grid in an old mobile home with five children and then for a year with our sixth baby, practicing gratitude became a habit for me. I just knew that God had a plan for us and that He would not give me any more than I could handle.
So while carrying water from one end of the mobile home to the other to wash dishes or while scrubbing clothes by hand in the wash bucket or filling our "refrigerator" with a bucket of snow, or wondering how we would ever manage with yet another baby, I had a choose to either embrace what I had or be miserable. I did often come to God in tears, but through it all, giving thanks daily and often became a habit. I would thank God for the food we did have to eat, the clothes I was able to wash, for my husband and children, for a roof over our head, and so on.
Now that our lives are truly much more comfortable, I don't have to be working from the time I wake to the time I go to bed just to meet our family's needs, and now that our business is providing for us plus, now that our home has ample space for all of us, running water, electricity, a washing machine - it is so much harder to remember to give thanks continually - to remember that all comes from God.
I bought this book this past summer and have read it once, but pick it up often to re-read sections and now with the near year, I have begun my own thousand gifts journal. I need to do this to remind myself of how much I have been given but even more so I need to do this to be reminded of how much I have to give.
"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." --Isaiah 58:10 - 100--
Warm wishes and blessings as you begin the work of a new week,
(Ann Voskamp, the author or One Thousand Gifts, has a wonderful blog - A Holy Experience.)