One Thousand Gifts: intentional gratitude

I’m reading Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts.  If you’ve not read this one yet, you should definitely add it to your list.  Ann’s writing is so beautifully eloquent.  You can almost feel what she feels, see what she’s seeing.

One Thousand Gifts is a book of gratitude.  Ann starts making a list of big and little things for which she is grateful…gifts from the Creator.  In the midst of a life of gratitude, God’s hand is much more clearly seen.  I really love this book.

And since it’s a fresh new year, I thought it the perfect time pick this book back up, and start from the beginning again.

And the perfect time to begin learning intentional gratitude.

So I’m starting a gift list.  I will be sharing pieces of my list on Mondays and will be linking up with many others at Ann’s blog for Multitudes on Mondays.  I hope you’ll stop by then.

I’d encourage you to check out Ann’s site, A Holy Experience, as well.  She has so many wonderful resources there to help you along on the journey.  She’s even put together a January’s Joy Dare calendar to help you get started.

I can’t wait to share some of my list and I hope you’ll share some of yours with me too!


1 word. 365 days.

Lord, I don’t want to float through my day, barely aware of You.

I never want You to be an afterthought.

That’s my prayer for this year.

And the response of God was,

Be intentional.

And I realize just how little intent I’ve had.  A million thoughts and ideas find their way in and out of my mind.

Wishes wished to be more like her because she knows her Bible so well.

A heart’s desire to hear from God like he does.

An ache to spend time alone in the quiet with the Lover like she does.

But none of that just…happens.

You don’t accidentally learn scripture.

You don’t build a relationship in passing.

You don’t escape to the quiet without moving away from the noise.

Be intentional.

Resolve to do…and then do.

I will put one foot in front of the other and follow along behind the Master…on purpose.

I will seek You out with everything in me.

I will fix my eyes on You, God.

My faith is intentional.


It’s not about resolutions.

It’s not about “doing” better or “being” better.

It’s just one word.

But not just any word.

It’s your word.