I found her almost four years ago. It was a dark time for me, and her words soothed my broken, disillusioned soul. Her pictures brought beauty to a dreary mind, and she challenged me to give thanks.
Not to just think thankful thoughts but to actually write them down. And it changed my life.
There is power in giving thanks. A strong power. Scales fell as the giver of all good things opened my heart to see His gifts, acknowledge them, and offer praise through thanks-giving.
The God who seemed somewhat removed from the dailyness of life proved to be very present. Very personal. And very generous. And I began to see His love and gifts everywhere.
Like love notes, strong arms, and soft kisses the seemingly distant Father became Abba, Daddy, and in that love and security my heart started beating stronger.
Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, has surprised. Entering the world on Amazon's best seller list, it has shown up on USA Today and the New York Times best seller lists as well. Something about telling true, heart wrenching stories and then giving thanks. Like I said. Powerful.
Visit Ann's blog. Read her book. Give thanks. See His love.
Giving thanks for a few of my One Thousand Gifts . . .
~ this in today's mail
~ dinner conversation with my boys
~ the way they think outside the box and how it scares and delights me all at once
~ the good God who orders their steps
~ the peace I find in Him
I'm giving away a copy of One Thousand Gifts!
The giveaway will be open through Sunday at midnight, and I will announce the winner on Monday. Enter below!
I'm celebrating Thirty Days of Thanks by posting my list of thanks here daily for 30 days. You can join me every day or any day by posting your thanks in the comments, posting at Winsome Woman on Facebook, and/or posting on your own FB wall!
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