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The Full Life

“The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live…He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.”

“We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks.”

I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts for the first time, and these are a couple places I have underlined. I had started reading the book earlier this year but somehow got distracted from it. Last week I picked it up again.

It’s rocking my world as I read it this time.

Living a life characterized by gratefulness is a choice that turns into a habit. Intentionally looking for beauty, blessings, and smiles in the middle of ordinary days is a path that will lead us into joy that never stops!

Being caught up in what isn’t going the way we wanted, what we don’t have, or what we wish was our reality is the opposite of being grateful and will result in a life devoid of joy.

Because of reading One Thousand Gifts and having gratitude at the front of my mind, I’ve been amazed at the small things that have made me smile, the delight there is to be found in living in a house with 4 unique kiddos, the pure pleasure there is in the everyday.

Beauty is all around us.
Smiles are only a few muscle twitches away.
Blessings…too many to count! They’re literally everywhere!

The kiddos’ delight in putting up the tree…
Hubby’s gratefulness for dinner on the table when he came home…
Freckles scattered over cheeks and nose…
A well-done book report that grabbed the attention of the young man preparing it…
Creativity spilling from my daughter…

It’s the little things that I’d miss like crazy if they weren’t in my life. It only takes my slowing down and being present in the moments for me to remember all the blessings I have to enjoy.

Today is Thanksgiving.  It’s easy to be grateful one day out of the year, but I want my life to become characterized by gratefulness, for it to be my default setting.

In order for that to happen, the foundation for my life must be built on the constant belief that “God is always good, and I am always loved.”

He is, and I am.

 

 

 

 

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