Friday, April 05, 2013

One Thousand Gifts {chapters 3 & 4}

With Easter, family, work, & house projects, I am a little behind with this book club. So today I am typing my feelings on two chapters of 1000 Gifts. Woops!

Chapter Three: first flight
Favorite Quotes:

  • "How in the world, for the sake of my joy, do I learn to use eucharisteo to overcome my one ugly and self-destructive habit of ingratitude with the saving habit of gratitude?...'When one is thirsty one quenches one's thirst by drinking, not by reading books which treat this condition.'" (p.44)
  • "I have learned to be content with whatever i have. i know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. i have learned the secret of living in every situation. whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little." (Philliamians 4:11-12)
  • "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen." (p.48 - Martin Luther)
  • "To name a this is to manifest the meaning and value God gave it... To name a thing, in other words, is to bless God for it and in it." (p. 53)
  • "If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction, and it's not so bad." - (p. 55 - C.S.Lewis)
  • "Prayer, to be prayer, to have any power to change anything must first speak thanks." (p.60)
  • "The only way to be a woman of prayer is to be a woman of thanks." (p.61)

This chapter, although read about a week ago, brought much inspiration. The biggest insight I received was to write things down or at least to voice my gratefulness. Let it be known. If I do not voice the things I am thankful for, how can I truly be thankful for them? Letting God see my thanksgiving brings me closer to him. Through prayer I voice my blessings and give thanks to him. This is something I have been working on this week. (It was also in this chapter that the dare of listing 1000 gifts came to be.)

Chapter Four: a sanctuary of time
Favorite Quote:
I want to be honest. Although there were some great insights in this chapter, I did not write down any quotes that stuck out it me. Sorry. =)

Basically what I picked up is if you are thankful, then you will have more time. I don't really understand what she was going for here or where she is headed. Maybe it has to do with how her life is so busy, her house is so dirty, her kids are so rambunctious  and life is too short, but if you choose to be grateful, you will focus more on those things and therefore life will seem fuller and more meaningful? More time to focus on the important things more than doing the dishes... but why was she so fascinated doing the dishes? I don't really know. Hmm..

Whatever she meant, I still find it an excellent idea to list things that I am thankful for.

Click here to see my growing list of gratitude.
Click here to read my thoughts on previous chapters. 
Click here to link-up your own thoughts.


  1. haha! yeah. she was fascinated with those bubbles! i took chapter four as a way to learn to enjoy every minute. not want to rush through every thing we do - like chores, work, driving... we always want the next thing. she is talking about how God has blessed her with the time to do the dishes and even in such a not fun task she can see beauty and be blessed and enjoy the moment.

  2. oh isnt that strange chapter 4 resonated so deep with me, i really reallt got it, my heart raced as the clock tick slowed as she looked at bubbles and i thought, yes that's it! my race of a life NEEDED chapter 4! like NEEEEEDED IT!!!!! its a fabulkous book isnt it...i only brought it last week inspired by this linkup and have just caught up in a few days...loving it, thankfulness for new blogs found xxxxx


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