one of the things God showed me while at gethsemani, was just how often i miss the gifts he has for me.
my annual pilgrimage involves going back over my calendar and taking notice of where i've been, where God has taken me and making a list of the events, places and people that have been a part of the past year. this inventory, taking the time to remember, gives me an opportunity to see the amazing things that God did in the past year and what i missed along the way.
it is still the season of epiphany so we can still look at the gifts...those from last year and looking forward to those in the days and weeks to come.
but this means we must pay attention
and be intentional about it
so this is the year that i'm choosing not to miss the gifts of jesus ...
and i'm making 07 the year of receiving the gifts God has for me.
so here's an idea to help us catch and remember, an idea to help us notice and be thankful for all God brings our way. a practical way to not miss the GIFTS in 07.
this can be done individually, with your family, with your small group, youth group or community.
Create a GIFT BOX, a box that can be opened and things can be put inside
find a box that reflects you (mine is a gold metal box with glitter on top, rob chose an old cigar humidor) or just
wrap up a package or use a gift box left over from the holidays…
Set it out as a reminder to see each day as a gift
see each person who comes your way as a gift
and realize that you are a gift…to the people in your life and to God
God created you special and made you uniquely you…
What gifts do you bring?
What gifts do you offer?
Start a collection in your box
so here's what i missed in 06...
Gift of time
Gift of rest
Gift of freedom
Gift of forgiveness
Gift of friends
the gifts i didn't notice, and forgot to be thankful for...
Simple gifts like a home, running water, hot showers, food
What gifts have you missed? take some time...ask God to show you. and then take time to thank him
Make a list
Take some time to write down the gifts God has given you…
This past year, this past month, this week, today.
Begin a collection of Gifts…
Things God has given you
Things God wants to give you
Thing you need God to give you in 07.
Place these in your Box.
Read over them periodically.
Remind yourself that God wants to give you good gifts because you are his Kid, his child, his heir.
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