Saturday, March 05, 2011

Seeking Joy

There probably is a reason that my sister gave me a copy of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I forget to be thankful and find joy. Today I Googled the word "encouragement" and ended up here. I suppose that this wasn't an accident either. I have been very discouraged lately. I often feel like I am running on a treadmill...not getting anywhere. Here is a list of gifts from God that I am thankful for.They are in no particular order. They are just in the order in which they came to my mind.

-My yellow lab leaning against my legs while I sit on the sofa
-A cup of coffee with a hint of vanilla
-My children laughing together
-My teenage son singing
-Recordings of my father's banjo, harmonica and singing
-friends coming to visit
-an afghan that my mother crocheted
-the honking of Canada geese flying over the house
-the Finger Lakes region of NY state (I am blessed to live in so much beauty)
-wood burning stoves
-watching birds at the feeder
-the Adirondack Mountains
-the gentle and rhythmical clanking of a something with a zipper in my drier
-fresh air


Martha said...

I love it! :)

Rachel said...

There is no mistake she gave me a copy either. I have begun to make my own list. Here are a few things from today:
1. Peanut butter
2. The beautiful sound of the flute
3. Laughing with family and friends
4. beautiful snowflakes falling from the sky
5. kisses from my husband, boys, and our beloved dog
6. games
7. the warmth of my home

Gudl said...

I think we all have phases in our lives where we have to ask God to give us joy ... there is a time for everything... it will get better again.

suzanne cabrera said...

Thank you for the reminder.