I started going to a bible study called “1,000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. It challenges you to live fully by finding joy in all that God has given you. Ann was challenged one day by a friend to write 1,000 gifts God has given her. Through making this list she has learned how to live joyfully in every situation.
Years ago, I was a negative person. Though it didn’t always show on the outside I certainly battled it on the inside. I had newly returned to living for Jesus after realizing living life my own way was not working. I was having problems in my marriage which only compounded my negativity. I turned to God’s Word searching for help. I began putting God’s Word in my heart. I also started writing down answers to prayers and putting them in a mason jar. On the darker days I would open the jar and begin reading what the Lord’s been doing for me. As I read I would remember He is always caring for me, always with me and always loving me. It took a lot of practice but the negativity began to melt away and God put a new spirit within me. My situation didn’t change. My marriage was still rough, I had a miscarriage and bills were piling up. My attitude, however, did change.
I now try to live my life with an attitude of thankfulness. To treasure even the smallest of moments. To see the positives in a world so full of negatives. So when I heard of this 1,000 gifts list this week I was excited for the challenge. I couldn’t hold myself back from making my own list. With each new gift I wrote, my faith grew because I know “each good and perfect gift is from our Heavenly Father”. Sometimes it feels like God created some of these moments just for me to whisper once again that He loves me. He sees me.
That alone is enough to raise my spirits. However, Jesus came to give us life abundantly. He is so good and His goodness to us never stops. Making this list reminds me I can trust Him. He is in control. His power is limitless. This is what I was referring to in my last post. When we recall all the miracles of Christ while He walked this Earth, all He’s done in our own lives, as well as those we know, then fears, anxiety and doubt can no longer stand strong against us. Instead they are replaced with faith and peace. This calms our hearts, breaks bondages and puts new life within us. Now with every new gift I write I remember He has even more for me. He never stops giving good gifts to His children. I can trust Him with my future. So glad He is the one in control.