One Thousand Gifts

imgres“Eucharisteo” – thanksgiving – always precedes the miracle.

I haven’t been able to get that simple, yet powerful, sentence out of my mind since
reading it in Ann Voskamp’s book, “one thousand gifts.”

How do we give thanks through trauma and tragedies? Through setbacks, failures,
disappointments, and everyday struggles? And what exactly constitutes a miracle?

Through Ann’s well-written words of wisdom I think I’ve discovered an answer that I
wish I had come to know years ago. Despite difficulties in life, there is always something to be
thankful for, whether it’s a fresh baked loaf of bread or the sight of our children (or
grandchildren) laughing as they play. Eucharisteo comes in the warmth of a hug, or the letter
from a faraway friend who’s just writing to say I miss you.

For many years I thought true joy came through romantic love, travel, accomplishments
and possessions. Even after declaring Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior I failed to see the
power of gratitude for simple, everyday things. Oh, how happy I am to know it now. To grasp,
without question, the blessing of the miracle that comes after giving thanks.

What is that miracle, you ask? It’s the joy of the Lord, chara. In everything. Everyday.

Am I saying I’m happy twenty-four hours a day? No. But I am more aware of Almighty
God and the gratitude I feel when I experience His Presence and love. Praise God from Whom
ALL blessings flow.

May your daily eucharisteo fill you with abundant joy. Chara.


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28 Responses to “One Thousand Gifts”

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      Robin, so glad you were blessed! Hope you’ll visit again. I’m just getting started with this new site but pray I can be an encouragement through my posts. Thanks for your comment!

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      You’re welcome! 🙂

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      Nothing is easy anymore, is it? I’m thrilled you’ll be stopping to visit and read a future post. I’ve been through a lot of tragedy and struggles in my life. If God had not been with me, I don’t know where I’d be today. Hope a future post blesses you greatly!

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      You’re going to be just fine…I want to challenge readers without pushing you too far. Complex is good…hang in there. Hope you find a blessing in each post that gives you reason to ponder.

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    • Donna Wyland April 28, 2013 11:33 pm #

      Are you referring to video of One Thousand Gifts? If you visit Ann Voskamp’s site, you might find some video there. It’s powerful stuff, isn’t it?

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      Glad you were blessed. Gratitude is an amazing thing. A healing, wonderful thing.

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