My sweet friend, Megan, read this book, One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp- said it changed her life and lent it to me to read next.
Skeptical? Me? Always.
But I love Megan, value her opinion, and love to read so I started the book.
And I had a pretty hard time finishing it.
The story is one woman’s journey as she goes in search of joy. A friend challenges her to write 1000 things she is thankful for. So she starts. And I, ever the copy-cat, start one too. And the joy it brings is surprising!
She explains it with the story of the ten lepers. They cried out to Jesus from a distance begging for mercy. Ten were healed. Only one came back and thanked Jesus. Only one.
Jesus said to that one, “Your faith has saved you.”
The man had been physically healed by Jesus from a distance, but when he came to Jesus feet and thanked him he was healed spiritually.
And that is why the book is sort of a hard one to finish, once you start giving thanks at Jesus’ feet you realize what a joyful place it is to be. And you do not want to leave.
This book is not just about a dare to be thankful- but a challenge to wholly trust God. Through the good. And the bad. Through the triumphs. And the failures. Even in those moments when you feel abandoned by God. Forgotten by man.
I challenge you, encourage you to take pen to paper. Start your own list and discover the joy of thankfulness and the peace that comes with trust. As you write, read the book and follow her blog and be blessed by the testimony of a woman’s honest struggle to live a holy life.