If you are weary, your arms pained by the burden you carry... make a list.
If your eyes are reddened, and your face tear stained... make a list.
If all that life hands you leaves you sour and forlorn... make a list.
For in this list, of the gifts He's given you, you will find
strength to carry the burden
joy to dry your tears
and a sweetness that gives way to joy.
... steaming mugs of coffee cupped in dishpan hands
... mountains peeking through clouds
... the snoring sounds of loved ones deep on slumber
... little arms wrapped tight around my neck
... chubby fingers that play with my hair
... vanilla and lavender
... the anticipation of something new
... gusts of wind and swaying trees
... moments, stolen moments, treasured
... silly games and animal noises
... days off
Not long ago I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Ann Voskamp's first book: One Thousand Gifts. Check out this preview/introduction, and learn how powerful and transforming the gift of gratitude can be: