I’m currently reading a book that was extremely popular a few years ago. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I wasn’t all that interested in it before, but a friend loaned it to me and I’ve been slowly making my way through it for a couple of weeks now.
Yes. A couple of weeks. Not days. But weeks. It is so jam-packed with goodness, it’s like eating a very rich chocolate cake. You have to eat it slowly. Most of the time I can’t even read a whole chapter, I stop at break and ponder it the rest of the day.
I am convinced the original sin was not pride as is touted by most in Christendom today. No. I’m convinced it was ungratefulness.
I’m equally convinced I suffer from that malady. I might say “Thank you.” But I don’t live a life of thankfulness. Thank you at times are mere words used to express a politeness we have been taught to say, but doesn’t always match our true feelings.
We get an ugly sweater from Aunt Bertha and we dutifully say “Thank you.” All the while thinking, “What? Are you crazy? I hate this.”
I’m also realizing God is trying to change this about me. He has been hitting me at every turn with gratefulness of the heart. He is teaching me that gratefulness is next to godliness and if I would be godly, I must be grateful in and for each little thing that comes my way.
Today I’m grateful for:
Hot showers of Grace
Soap suds of mercy that wash my soul clean.
Yes. I did think of those while in the shower this morning. How did you guess?
To completely change directions.
We’re thinking of finally putting the house on the market. I say “we” somewhat loosely. When I say “we” here it should translate in your mind as “me”. It’s not that Mr. FullCup isn’t in complete agreement, but he’s not entirely convinced it’s smart. I am.
A friend told me about a house outside of my town, and outside of the next two towns west of me that is a fixer-upper and for sale…cheap. It’s not currently on the market, but she knows someone who knows (and is related) to the owners. I’ve driven past it. I’ve peeked in the windows. Or…errr..window. Please don’t misunderstand me, it has more than one window…but we could only peek in one. And not see a whole lot.
I’m not afraid of dirt.
If you think I am, you should take a look at my kitchen floor.
On second thought, you really shouldn’t take a look at my kitchen floor.
I mean it’s really in need of fixing. From the outside in.
It is out of town. And comes with 8 acres.
All morning as I’ve thought and prayed about this, I’ve had this song run through my mind.
If you’ve seen Holiday Inn, please picture all he goes through fixing up the Inn. If you haven’t seen Holiday Inn, stop what you’re doing and watch it!