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Monday, November 21, 2011 @ 12:58:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Thanksgiving. Is it a time of giving thanks or just a time to have one or more days off from work and normal activity? While having time off work is a great gift, I must admit that often I have slid right through Thanksgiving without giving much thought to what I am thankful for. Not this year! I have been deeply impacted by the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. Her challenge is to daily watch for things to be thankful for and write them down until you have at least a thousand and then keep it up as a way of life. This has become a regular practice for the last couple of months. I am now up to 127. Here are a just a few:

  • A loving relationship with 5 children, and 8 grandchildren
  • The excitement of driving my Polaris Razor (ATV) in the snow yesterday
  • Friends that God has gifted me with
  • Kaylinn's broken toe healed supernaturally
  • Refinancing home at lower interest rate
  • Favor shown The Hignell Companies during economic downturn
  • Worship music, what it does for my spirit and connection to God
  • Blessing of working with an amazing Executive Assistant
  • Privilege of mentoring men and couples
  • God teaching me to not hurry as much
  • Rain as I sit in my den with the windows open
Increased joy has been the result. I have been surprised by the increase in joy as I have focused more outwardly and less on myself. As Ann mentions, joy is the result of thanksgiving:

"Joy is the realest reality, the fullness of life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy."*

For years my sister-in-law, Jeannie Hignell, has posted by email or Facebook one or more things she is thankful for each day of the month of November. Her thankfulness has impacted many, including me. I would encourage you to give yourself a gift for the month of December, writing down each day what you are thankful for, and see the joy this brings to you and others.

*One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp, Zondervan, pg. 57

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