“Have you looked through the Family Christian catalog?” my mom asked. “There’s a book that has a woman holding a bird’s nest on the cover. It looks good.”
I hadn’t. I looked at my baby number four, my boy, crawling around the gated-in living room, weeks away from his first birthday. Keeping his monkey-self alive amidst the blur of being a homeschooling mom qualified as my main accomplishment. And it exhausted me.
How would I find time for the luxury of reading a whole book?
I listened politely, considering this book to be Mom’s thing. “Sounds great, Mom. Go for it! Let me know how you like it.”
Mom had other plans. She ordered two copies, so how could I not at least take a peek?
So, yes. Mother knows best. If you haven’t read it, run to your nearest bookstore, or Amazon. I won’t spoil it, but suffice it to say that the desire to record my own 1000 gifts was great about halfway through the book.
I had an idea. It seemed BIG for me at the time. Unique, thrilling. I wondered if anyone had ever created a blog for the sole purpose of counting gifts… (It’s okay, go ahead and laugh with me.)
Imagine my delight at discovering that Ann had a whole blogging community sharing their gift lists through a weekly link up. And so it began, my numbered list of gratitudes: the sunlight through the sliding glass doors, belly laughs from my boy, chocolate birthday cake…
Counting slowed my pace and encouraged me to really see the world around me. Even more, I was eager to identify the things, large and small, that delighted me each day—God’s little (and sometimes big!) love notes to me.
It was a path to joy, and it opened my spirit to a much more abundant way of living—a way necessary for this dreamer-girl.
Dreamers can’t thrive in a world of scarcity. Dreams die with a poverty mentality. (<====Click to tweet.)
Why? Because scarcity thrives on the lie that there is a limited amount of any given thing. Ever wonder if you should quit because someone else is doing what you want to do? Question whether there is room for your voice? Assume there is no way to get to where you want to be?
The truth is that there are dreams enough for everyone. There is no need to compare and evaluate your own against anyone else’s.
On the other hand, an abundance mindset, fueled by gratitude, provides a sense of security in your own dream and enables you to come alongside others to help them thrive in theirs. It turns your attention outward to be a gift to other dreamers.
A God-sized dream is more of what God has for you, and gratitude is the reception of His abundant love for you. (<====Click to tweet.) His love makes whatever He has planned possible, tailored just for you.
So take heart, dreamers. Your dreams are secure because His love never ends. Are you ready for the abundance He’ll bring to the adventures you’ll have together?
Shared by: Mandy Mianecki