thankful thursday: week five

thankful thursdaysBeing thankful helps me live in the moment. Taking the time to pause and examine the gifts in life keeps me from just rushing onto the next thing. And the next, and the next.

Ann Voskamp writes, “Maybe it is the hurt that drives us on? For all our frienzied running seemingly towards something, could it be that we are in fact fleeing—desperately to escape pain that pursues?”

Well, this struck a nerve for me. I’m usually running from silence and stillness and running towards doing anyhting to keep my hands busy. I don’t think that is necessarily a good thing.

So, as Voskamp says, “I don’t want more time; I just want enough time to do my one life well.” (One Thousand Gifts Devotional. Zondervan.)

slowing down Ann Voskamp

So let’s all slow down and keep track of the gifts and moments that matter.

My gifts this past week:

31. reading in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep

32. a full night’s sleep

33. effective cough medicine

34. clingy dogs with unfailing loyalty

35. the satisfaction of a finished project

I’d love to hear from you and how your week has been. What gifts have you seen?

Much love,

the finally-recovered-from-a-nasty-cold former rodeo queen

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