I can do it, right? She asked with uncertainty

1000 gifts? Daunting, huh?

I was chatting with my sweet sister yesterday when she mentioned this book by Ann Voskamp. I wasn’t familiar with it and actually my mind immediately went !!1000??!! Generally, if I can’t do something in one hour and on the first try, I am not interested.  I apparently have the attention span of a 3-year-old.

But hours after we hung up, I couldn’t get this idea out of my mind. Keeping a journal of 1000 reasons to be grateful, huh? Interesting enough, last January of 2017 as I was thinking about things I wanted to be intentional with in this new year, a grateful heart was one on of them. There have been a ton of changes in our family and life in the past few years and I can forget sometimes how much I have to be grateful for. But if I am being honest, somewhere along the course of the year and as life happened, I just plain forgot that I wanted to be more grateful.  And it’s not surprising actually- I didn’t have a plan of attack.  I wasn’t doing anything intentionally to be more grateful.

So with renewed vigor and a plan, 2018 is the year of gratefulness. My challenge-10 categories, with 100 “gifts” under each one by December 31, 2018.  This still seems daunting to me, but using my amazing math skills and calculator, I deduced that is roughly 20 things to be grateful for a week. Three a day? I can do that. Right? (she asked with uncertainty).

Listen, I don’t expect you to be interested in reading my list.  I really don’t. Sure, your attention span might be larger than mine, but still-1000?  That is just too much.

This is for me. But perhaps, there is a challenge in here for you as well?  What do you need to be intentional about in this new year? What plan of attack do you need? What has been nagging you that you know you want to do something about? Come on-let’s do this together.

And if, perhaps, a grateful heart is enticing for you as well and you need some inspiration

HERE IS MY  1000 GIFT LIST (work in progess)

And also, if you see I am not being intentional and my list isn’t growing, feel free to come kick me in my seemingly ungrateful butt. I just might need it.