It’s been a while since I have been on here. I created this account to share some of the things I love-namely my adventures in adobe illustrator and children’s books I love. I realized that those things are just a small portion of my life and I really just wanted an outlet to share all the things I love.
So I guess I will give it a try. We’ll see how it goes.
One Thousand Gifts-A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. This book is so thought-provoking. In the front cover it says “Ann Voscamp (the author) hungers to live her one life well… How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does a life of gratitude look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes dark?”
Yes. Exactly. I hunger to live my one life well, as well as I possibly can. Each day is a day full of opportunities, joy, love, and good things. Each day is also a new chance for challenges and hardships small and large to appear. Life is really hard sometimes. I often think of a talk given by Elder Quinton Cook where he says sometimes when we are struggling we look to our Heavenly Father and just want to say “Hope ya know, I’m having a hard time.” I have said it many times. And yet despite the daily struggles, the hard times that come and go and the hard things that seem to stick around a while, life is also so so good. There are one thousand gifts to be thankful for.
How do we find the gratitude? And when we do will it help, will it change us? One thousand gifts gave me my new favorite word Eucharisteo. I think it is a beautiful word with an amazing threefold meaning. Grace. Thanksgiving. Joy. As I search for things to be thankful for on a daily basis I often think in my mind Eucharisteo. What do I see around me in each moment that gives me grace, makes me thankful, brings me joy?
A sacrament meeting on Sunday where I can listen and enjoy the talks given because my busy two year old daughter is sitting quietly. Eucharisteo.
The perfect temperature outside while going on a walk. Eucharisteo.
My two year old singing I am a Child of God. Eucharisteo.
Thanksgiving is available to each of us every day, in every circumstance. Sometimes it feels really hard to find, but those times are usually the times finding it will heal us the most.
This book is truly one of my favorite things. It has inspired me to write (another one of my favorite things), and share more of the things I love on a daily basis.
Thanks for joining me.