Simple Thankfulness in Lent

I’m not Catholic, but I love Lent. It is an incredible stretching season of thankfulness for me; of simply immersing myself in a new gratitude for 40 days.

The Lenten season is different each year for our family; whether it’s a new time of fasting, giving, or something else. But it’s always simply about one thing: our hearts. (I love how Amy summed it up: God doesn’t want my chocolate. He wants me.)

How am I honoring this breath of God?

I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts these past months. I’ve never read a book so slowly.

I’m savoring it, mulling it over, letting the words seep into my soul, and change me, as I learn to give a new thanks to my Lord. To live in a new awe.

When the Bloom Book Club began, I’ve enjoyed quiet evenings, listening to these sweet women share from the hard places… and given thanks.

But mostly, I just read. And watched.

For Lent, I’m beginning my own gratitude list.

As a busy mama, spare moments are precious. In those sweet, still pauses between catching spills, corralling excited imaginations, and spoonfuls of broth… what do you do?

I’m choosing to give those moments; to use them for giving thanks. Not to dream about “what ifs” or worry about “what thens” or wish for “if onlys.”

(Will you join me in seeing 1000 gifts?)

I’m not necessarily trying to cram in a list of one thousand gifts in 40 days; but using this time to begin this exercise of thankfulness. (We’ll see how many I have after 40 days, and then continue on!)

Oh, what a glorious way to brighten a dreary, gray winter’s day: giving thanks, looking for the miracles; honoring the blessed gifts that our Savior has given us, revealing His unchanging goodness & abounding grace, no matter what season we’re in.

Disclosure: I received my own review copy of the book at The 2010 Relevant Conference. This post is uncompensated, and all review statements are my honest opinion. I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase the book through my affiliate link. Thank you for your support.
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7 comments to Simple Thankfulness in Lent

  • Michele,
    Thank you for the reminder to all of us of what Lent is for (whether it is in our religious tradition or not). It is a time to focus more on the Lord. To regroup – to enter into a time of denying our flesh and saying yes to Him. In a way, isn’t that what having gratitude is all about? Saying no to our complaining, grabbing flesh and yes to His grace?

    I have not yet read Ann’s book, but I highly recommend Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Also,

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  • Great idea! I’m going to make a concerted effort at a gratitude list, too. In fact, that might be my Finer Things Friday posts during Lent. Hmmmmm

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  • I am in the first chapter of this book… a gift from my husband, as he knew how much I wanted to read it. She writes like a poet, each sentence is breath of fresh air… you take it in, with delight.
    ~ ♥ ~

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  • Lent is a wonderful time to refocus on God. I just ordered Ann’s book last week, nowI wish I would have waited and ordered it through your link. I’ve been keeping a thankful journal for over a year now and I love it!

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  • Sharon

    I just recieved this book in the mail yesterday and I had a hard time putting it down last night. I plan on savoring it all through Lent and allowing the blessing of it to bring me closer to Our Lord as I prepare for Easter. I started my gratitude list (book) about a year ago and it has blessed me in so many ways. I have found that the BEST time to write in my gratitude book is when I least feel like it. (after a hard day, when I’m stressed out, feeling overwhelmed…)suddenly everything is drawn back into perspective and I am blessed simply by thinking about and putting on paper the many things that I am thankful for. Thank you for posting about this book. I hope others will read it and be blessed!

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  • […] It’s about drawing nearer.  Recognizing gifts.  Understanding that it’s all a gift. Michele’s lenten post was a simple aha! that will help me on my own journey to the cross.  I, too, have One Thousand […]

  • And so it’s Sunday and I know you posted this on Wednesday. But I couldn’t stop reading the thank you’s from Monday. But I’m here now :)

    I’m not Catholic either – but Lent – and this last Wednesday – the act of Ash Wednesday. – about turning away from ourselves and our wants and seeking true joy. I’m reading through Ann’s book really slowly :)

    Thank you, I really enjoyed reading this.

    God Bless and Keep you and all of yours

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