Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
While reading various blogs I came across Ann Voskamp's Holy Experience. I was immediately intrigued by her post, but more intrigued by what she calls the "gratitude community." I began reading, but was interrupted by the sweet sound of my baby boy crying in his crib. Okay, so it wasn't a sweet sound, but I am writing about gratitude so I thought I would try to view his crying as sweet. After you read Ann's blog you too will, more than likely, feel the need to view more things as sweet.
I have so much to be thankful for and am frequently reminded that the LORD has richly blessed me in more ways than I deserve. However, if I have a bad day it is easy to complain or be upset that things have not gone my way. In the midst of a storm my husband will often ask me what I am thankful for. Sometimes, his question annoys me. Why? Because, often times, it is easier to be annoyed, or frustrated, or angry. Despite my fleshly desire to be annoyed my spirit desires to rejoice in all things (Phil. 4:4). Therefore, I am glad I have people in my life to ask me what I am thankful for in the midst of a storm. I am glad I have the Holy Spirit living in me to intercede for me during times of struggle (Rom. 8:27).
I write all of this to say that I think Ann's gratitude community idea is excellent. Writing down daily blessings with a goal of reaching 1000 will keep me focused on the positive aspects of every day life. I hope to share my blessings with the blog world every Monday.