Oh, how I want to "enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise" Psalm 100:4. As we move into this month, this season, of thanksgiving, I've decided to take a moment each day for the next thirty days and write about one thing I'm thankful for.
The bigs. The smalls. The everythings in between.
As Ann Voskamp writes, “Every moment I live, I live bowed to something. And if I don't see God, I'll bow down before something else.”
Through the lens of His word, He has given us divine opportunity to see Him in all things. "For through Him, God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see... Everything was created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" Colossians 1:16-17.
This is more that about just finding beauty in the ordinary, more than about finding something to be thankful daily - it's about seeing our Heavenly Father - and His heart for us.
Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is a revelation for us; a proverbial unveiling of the joy that awaits when we simply choose to see. The same joy in 1 Peter: "and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy" 1 Peter 1:8.
Today, day one of the thirty, I am simply thankful for His gift of laughter - and this family, this super silly family, that ensures laughter is plentiful in my life.
Yes, this laughter thing, it is the one part of Proverbs 31 that I've gotten down:
"...she can laugh at the days to come."