"...giving thanks for one thousand things is ultimately an invitation to slow time down with weight of full attention. I am attentive, aware, accepting the whole of the moment, weighing it down with me all here." - A.Voskamp
Not only does it make you appreciate God's gifts that might otherwise slip by, it's nurturing in me a new heart, a heart that is thankful. It's easy to complain and grumble; that comes to us naturally doesn't it? But giving thanks, that's a conscious effort. I think it's worth it!
picture by A.Voskamp
When I got married, my Mum gave to me a book that she had been writing about me since birth. She's made notes on all the firsts - first hair cut, first word, first pair of shoes, right through to first car, first job... first husband... just kidding! Last night I was reading some of it, and mostly I'm just scanning for those laugh-out-loud funny things I said during my years from 2-6! And I came across this one:
"28th January, 1992
Tonight in the bath Victoria was playing away as usual and suddenly stopped and said, "Mummy, can I just say a little prayer here in the bath?" I said "Yes, of course you can" and wondered what she was thinking. She just shut her eyes and said, "Thank you Jesus for my Daddy and Mummy and Little Sister. Amen" She really surprised me..."
I think I could learn a thing or two from my 3 year old self; the simplicity of being thankful. Child-like faith.