It’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you and when thanks to God becomes a habit, so joy in God becomes your life.
- Ann VosKamp
I began a new habit. Not only to practice the art of writing, but to practice the art of holiness - a setting apart. By setting apart time to share this journey with you. A journey like the Israelites of old: freed from slavery, brought to the promised land, and turned back because of unbelief. I'm not saying I don't believe. I do believe. I am merely saying, "help my unbelief."
As I head to my promised land, I, like the Israelites of old, doubt God's love. Although I am free, I still think like a slave. And as I stare at my Jericho, I wonder how I'm ever going to cross this Jordan - this raging river poised to whisk me down...and out.
So I began this new habit of holiness - setting apart time to publicly thank God for the present of His presence. I walk through my wilderness exposed, challenged by New York Times' best selling author Ann VosKamp, to write down one-thousand ways joy in God has now become my life. To compose one-thousand notes of grateful thanks. To re-collect one-thousand of His gifts into a heaping pile of remembrance..on the other side of my Jordan.
I know. I know. At this rate (one post a week) I'll be at this until mid-December 2014! But by then her challenge will surely become my habit. With faithfulness, joy in God will undoubtedly become my life.
50. Gift white - Color of little boy's laundry after inaugural spin in new washing machine (shocking!)
51. Gift eaten - dinner for six where all rejoice and six plates are swept clean
52. Gift at 10AM -Evidence of answered prayer, "Lord, do whatever it takes to help this child see his need of a Savior." Hard Eucharisteo.
53. Gift sitting - Me. Here. One hour of solitude despite dinner dishes and bedtime routines. Ahhh the bliss.
54. Gift upside down - Jack. Hanging high from his feet above Daddy's head
55. Gift in water - Flower bouquet secretly tucked into grocery bag
56. Gift in His Word - Realizing this: "Blessed is He who is not offended because of Me" (Luke 7:23) really means, "Blessed is He who forgives because of Me."