I'm down to the wire, working against my deadline on my current book about women, work, and productivity. For me, writing a book is like running a marathon. Not that I've ever run a marathon, but go with me on this one. I think the mental exhaustion must be the same--even if there is no comparison whatsoever on the physical side. The point is, when one is focused so intently on one goal, it's easy to miss a lot that is going on around you and therefore to overlook God's gracious gifts.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine showed me an app based on Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. I have not yet read the book, but I was immediately captivated by the idea of documenting gratitude. Using your phone, you are able to either enter text or a photo with text to capture a moment of thankfulness. These items are gifts of grace from a loving God. Mine range from pictures of people and why I'm grateful to them to things as mundane as my warm flannel sheets on a cold winter morning.
In our busy lives, I think it's easy to overlook the things we appreciate. I am grateful to have this app to capture those moments. I want to use this tool to cultivate gratitude for daily gifts.
Back to the marathon ...