My One Thousand Gifts

 

What is One Thousand Gifts?

One Thousand Gifts is a book by Ann Voskamp. In it she takes a challenge to write out one thousand things she is grateful for in a year, along the way she finds that this list keeping changes her spiritual life for the better. Each year she runs the challenge with participants via her website A Holy Experience and on Facebook. The goal is to write out three different things each day that you are grateful for, you can share these on her app, on her Facebook page, or simply keep them written in a journal as I have below.

2014 Update

I reached just over 3000 gifts this past year and I am excited to begin my list for 2015. In November I took a challenge that I saw online to write 1000 gifts in one month! It was so much easier than I thought possible.

God is amazing and His gifts are everywhere, in everything.

Counting gifts last year changed my life and brought me closer to God, and in a lot of ways tamed my moods. I am beyond blessed, especially in the everyday mundane!

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Take the challenge, increase your happiness and give God daily praise!

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long–and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved–by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!
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Update May 9th 2014

I am updating my One Thousand Gifts again. I am amazed at the fact that I have already reached 1000! I thought this would be a challenge and while in a sense it was because of the soul searching it is definitely a blessing that I fully intend to continue throughout the years! I am excited to see how many “gifts” I have written down by the end of the year!

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Wow, April 28th and I am at 808 of the 1000 goal. To live, really live, is to look and actually see, to experience and actually feel and to feel at home and content in the daily because the daily is what creates our lives and when we recognize the mundane and treat it as love we are perhaps for the first time living fully. My One Thousand Gifts, inspired by Ann Voskamp and encouraged by her blog A Holy Experience

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. ‘How,’ Ann wondered, ‘do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long–and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?’ In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved–by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!
$18.99 USD

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I decided to scan in my One Thousand Gift journal instead of typing it all up so here are the first 600 Gifts.

44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 1918 17 16 15 14 13 12 10 9

8 76 5 4 3 2 1

  4 Responses to “My One Thousand Gifts”

  1. Hi Marissa,

    Whew, that must have taken a while to scan and add in here. It’s fun and life-changing to count God’s gifts, huh? I’m hopping over from Ann’s link up.

    Nice to meet you,
    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

    • Thanks for stopping by Jennifer! It was a lot faster to scan in then it was to type it all in, it did take a couple of hours over a few days but I have been doing it now more regularly so I don’t have to spend more than a few mins. I will hop on over to your site and check things out! Thank you for being part of my 1000gifts!

  2. This looks like a great book and exercise. Thanks for sharing.

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