counting to 1000.

I’ve written in the past about how much I love Ann Voskamp’s work. I find her writing just beautiful and her books and blog posts speak to me in so many ways.

Her first book, released ten years ago, One Thousand Gifts, focuses on eucharesteo – the greek word for thanksgiving, whose roots are thanksgiving, joy, and grace. In it, she writes about the process of literally listing 1000 gifts, 1000 things in her life she is grateful for.

Each year around this time, Faith Gateway releases her 1000 Gifts Bible Study as a five week series through the end of the year with a Facebook group for participants. It includes weekly videos as well as following along with her study guide and making your own list of 1000 gifts.

I have participated in the past and loved it.

One Thousand Gifts OBS Registration

Of course, we all know that 2020 has been a total hot mess.

As for me personally right now, in my previous post, I wrote about my endoscopy and colonscopy last Friday. Unfortunately, as a person with CRPS, even the simplest procedure can send me into a total flare – and it has.

I am on fire, exhausted, and looking like Bob the Tomato.

It has not been pleasant.

However, I have also been cozy with my Henry, with my sweet husband starting to put up Christmas decorations to make me feel better, and my Sara Bug making the most yummy dishes for my, umm, fragile stomach.


So, starting my list of 1000 Gifts is incredibly easy. Even when I am sick as Hale, I am truly blessed.

And I can think of nothing more important to do as we finish this crazy, crazy year than to stop and remember all the blessings we have in the midst of this chaos.

I’ve linked the study above if anyone is interested. It is totally free – and Ann is wonderful. ❤

Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Grace and Blessings.


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