It all started with Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, a “dare-to-live-right- where-you-are” book. Ann writes like nobody’s business, and she has a way of drawing you into the nitty gritty of life right where it count, making you realize that we are gifted through and through.
It is good for me, this opening of my eyes to the reality of gifts all around. It is as an awakening. I took the gentle admonition seriously, starting my own list of gifts, both on my blog and in the secret places of my heart. I see them everywhere now, these life-giving, spirit-lifting gifts. I find them everywhere, even in snakes… And the realization of them changes me. The giving of thanks for them turns me into someone else.