One Thousand Gifts – a book review chapter 3

First Flight

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

I would have to learn eucharisteo…Learn it like I know my skin, my face, the words on the end of my tongue…

This learning of thanks – eucharisteo – is still new to me.  I don’t walk around pessimistic but to live in intentional, never ceasing thanksgiving is a life that is “becoming” me (I have not yet, “become”).  I want it, though, and even when a day goes by without the recording of gifts, I wake the next day knowing I need – I want to put pen to paper and thank!

A nail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit. ~Erasmus…

The habit of worry or stress or sighing or frustration have only ever been “overcome” by thanking and serving.  When something is emptied it must be filled with something quick or what is “comfortable”,  though deceitful, will come back with a flood!

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad. ~C.S. Lewis…Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation…

I really don’t like having to practice anything!  I want it all to come naturally or I tend to not stick with it.  I found out quick how that mentality will get me no where as a Christian, as a wife, and as a mom.  As “against the grain” it is for me take the time to patiently learn and practice something until it becomes “natural” to me, I love the inner reward I get when I get on the other side!  So, now I actually allow or put things in my life that require me to slow down and use the gift of patience because I know the benefits and rewards that are in the time it takes.

I discover that slapping a sloppy brush of thanksgiving over everything in my life leaves me deeply thankful for very few things in my life…


When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.  How can this not be the best thing for the world?  For us?…

Something always comes to fill the empty places…What will a life magnify?…It’s our lives that are little and we have falsely inflated self, and in thanks we decrease and the world returns right…

What will my life magnify?  When people gaze at my life, talk with me, read anything I may write, see my husband, spend time with my children, will they see more of Him?  or more of me?  The goal of life:  to be the best possible representation of Who God really is; not who I want to make Him be or act or feel, but Who He really is!

For of all the things our minds can think about God, it is thinking upon his goodness that pleases him most and brings the most profit to our soul. ~Julian of Norwich…

…life change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change…

When’s the last time you did something (I did something) without premeditating what you think you ( I think I) deserve in return?  Can I really take anything from God and give thanks without asking that the situation change?  Could I live in the valley for as long as He walks with me there and be thankful without expecting green pastures to immediately come, or come at all?  Could I give Him my now and trust Him with my then even if they look almost identical?  Am I willing to be the one that changes instead of requiring the other person or the situation to do the changing?  Could I not find it a gift to get to be the one being “transformed”?  Would I not at the end of that process find I have His fingerprints all over me?  Could I live thankfully in that Joy?  I hope…and I pray…that I will!

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a blanket of pretty; still snow; candle light; kissing Nathan; teaching Christopher Science; Timothy’s words; Timothy’s “tendencies” – the hard thanks, but it used to be much harder (this gift has opened my eyes to how amazing and intricate and individual God’s creation i; Diana; Leonard, Missouri; the opportunity I have had to care for my children while they’ve been sick; sitting on the couch, holding and tickling Hannah; Nathan; watching the MPC family grow; being a part of the MPC family; the sun shining today