Whereever you are, be all there

I’ve been a Happy Person, but not a very Thankful Person.

A few months ago I read A Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.  Being thankful and content in your present circumstances.  Every.  Single.  Moment.  Not necessarily happy all the time, but always thankful.

I’m married to the best man I’ve ever met, we live in a adorable house, ride the motorcycle to the lake, and eat delicious food together.   We grill outside in the summer, and curl up on the couch in the winter.  He comes home with a ready hug every evening.  We are living the dream.

I need to be happy in the moment God put me in, not the moment that we got married, not where I’ll be ten minutes from now, not in the moment when we have a baby in our arms.  Not when I’m able to eat so many cookies and not get sick from the wheat or have figured out my weird health issues.  Not in the moment when we have raised our family and have our house and time back to ourselves.

Oh wait, that’s where we are right this second…

“Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment as to the Lord….The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.” – Lewis

PS: This  was sparked by a thoughtful friend


3 thoughts on “Whereever you are, be all there

  1. I listened to this on CD and I know I am in the super minority…. but her writing just seemd over the top after awhile. When her kids were scrapping and fighting in the kitchen for example.

    I know, it is not very popular to say I didn’t love this book and I did not finish it to the end.

    1. I actually kinda agree. (and maybe the out-loud reading extenuated it?) Her writing is good but a little too…squishy and Elsie Dinsmorish? I enjoyed it the most after I had finished reading it and thought back on the different struggles/sins she talked about.
      I do like her encouragement in consciously thanking God for the little things.

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