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Art Journaling to Thankfulness
One Thousand Gifts and Art Journaling
I've been reading "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. Ann creates beautiful word pictures with her writing and I am in awe. I've been doing a lot of art journaling as well during this time and have enjoyed it very much. I started thinking about Ann's goal of writting down 1,000 gifts that she sees throughout her everyday. Gifts given by God that may be overlooked in our busy-ness. Gifts that she can be thankful for. She extends this challenge to her readers. To write down their 1,000 gifts as they come through the days, weeks and months of life. I get this crazy idea. How about doing an art journal that illustrates those 1,000 gifts. Can I do this, I ask? We shall see. If you would like to join me, come on along and journal with me as we take this road of thankfulness together.
All photos and artwork by Gayle Dowell
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
A way of living to be thankful in all things and live a life of joy...hat is a big feat, but one that when put into practice on a daily basis can reap huge blessings. Finding joy in life is as simple as looking around and counting your blessings for the simple things.
Make Journaling Manageable
Maybe 1,000 gifts are too many to illustrate. Maybe I can list 1,000 things and illustrate a few along the way. I don't want to get overwhelmed by it all and give up before I even start. What joy would there be in getting stressed about keeping up with the goal. Maybe I won't finish in a year, maybe I'll take two years. At any rate, I want to devote a scheduled time each week to do something. Only after being diligent at the start, can I develop a habit of being thankful that will last through to the end.
Share the Journey
I'm going to share my journey in this "art journaling into thankfulness" here. I would love for others to be inspired to join me and share their work and blessings that they encounter day to day.
The Moon, Finding Joy in Darkness
Joy can only be found in contrast to sorrow. If I never knew sorrow, joy would be meaningless. My first thankfulness entry is the moon. The beauty of the moon contrasted with the dark of the night expresses joy contrasted with the dark of sorrow. The moon's reflection of the sun assures me that the sun is still there and the moon is lighting my way through the dark. Much the same way as the Son reflects His Father's light and guides those in the darkness into the glorious light.
John 8:12 NIV
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
A Night's Rain, Water for the Thirsty
After experiencing drought conditions, the sound of a steady slow rain is like a drink to a thirsty soul. Our lives at times can feel like a parched land left dusty and dry from lack of water, but when the rains come, new life emerges from dry roots and new growth begins again.
Isaiah 44:3 NIV
"For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants."
The Light of The World
Light breaks through all darkness. Staying close to the light keeps us from losing our way. Darkness can't extinguish light; light extinguishes darkness. So thankful for light...
John 12:46 New Living Translation
"I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark."