It was before Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts was published.
She wrote about counting God's gifts on her blog and encouraged us to count our blessings too.
I started in 2009, in a little green journal.
I filled that up and am now counting my thanks in my little black journal.
It really is a renewing of the mind,
a transformation in the way I see my life and circumstances,
a life changing, or maybe more accurately a me changing,
habit to form.
It's Thanksgiving month.
Why not join us and make daily thanks giving a habit?
In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)
-got a lot done today!
-delicious pot roast dinner at youngest daughter's
-all of us walking to Starbucks afterwards
-seeing a young family we haven't seen in a long time and their new baby
-God's faithful provision
-frosty night, sunny day
-some happy news!
-an unexpected blessing
-talking to and praying with my sister on the phone
-finding a "just the perfect thing" Christmas present for oldest granddaughter
-eating leftovers for dinner that were actually yummier than the first time around
-car troubles, thank God the Hubs made it to the repair shop
-remembering and singing, "I know that I can trust You...
my life is in the hands of the Maker of Heaven" when tempted to worry and fear
-grandkids in costumes
-great prayer time at church
-only grandson okay after getting hurt at school and going to the ER
-oldest granddaughter making 46 baskets in a "HOOP-A-THON" fundraiser at her school...
(I might have been a bit pessimistic about her abilities and pledged a bit high thinking at the most she'd make 10 baskets...I could only laugh when she told me!)
-dinner and games and lots of laughter with friends
-car repairs not as much as we thought
-thrifting with youngest daughter and a friend
-setting the clock back, getting an extra hour of sleep
-new faces at church, God is doing a new thing
-going out for BBQ with friends and the two oldest grandkids
-time with the whole family at our oldest daughter's