I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts.  We were asked to read it for small group book study at church.  I have become intrigued by her message of expressing gratitude for even the smallest of daily gifts.  She challenged herself to record her daily gifts — 1,000 total — over a course of a year.  Intertwined with scripture, Ann shares that the gifts need to be small…like spreading jam on a hot piece of toast, or the greeting of a red bird sitting on the fence.  That to focus on the smallest of gifts makes us slow down and appreciate all of God’s gifts — even the painful ones.  She encourages us to consider the list as a “love letter” to God.

Ann’s website A Holy Experience is a beautiful free resource for inspiration.  She even has a section of down loadable artwork, bookmarks and lots of ideas of how to journal your gifts.

My boss gave me the prettiest journal with a note that said, “A new year is like a blank book.  I hope you write an amazing story this year.”