Thanks for Buying Abundant Gifts!
Here's a Free Gift I'd Like You to Have, to Make Your Experience of
God's Gifts Even More Personal
I am so glad you have decided
to get the Abundant Gifts book! I hope the stories enrich and encourage you.
As you wait for your book to
arrive, I would like to tell you about a simple practice that I believe can change your
I call it keeping
a gifts journal. And I would like you to have one of your very own, free.
I believe that as you take a
few moments each day to recall and record the things that felt like gifts to you that day, your life will slowly
but surely be transformed.
I believe this because of how
keeping a gifts journal has transformed my own
life. Whenever I regularly jot down God's good gifts, it refocuses
me more on God and his character—goodness, grace, generosity, mercy, kindness, wisdom—and less on my own
Some people believe that what you
focus on expands in your life. I would take it a step further: What
you focus on is what you become. Paul the Apostle exhorted
his readers to dwell on whatever is positive and true (Philippians 4:8), promising that if we do that, the God
of peace will be with us.
In the Old Testament, God
repeatedly tells his people to "remember." Remember his wonderful deeds, his kindnesses, his miracles.
When they remembered, they were blessed. When they did not remember, they fell into sin and often judgment
In fact, the entire Bible is a
history of how God acted in the lives of his people as a whole. When you keep a gifts journal, you
begin the record of how God works in your life as an
When you remember and record
God's goodness in your life, you can go back to it later, during the times when God doesn't feel so near or
active or real. At those times, reading your own history of God's goodness to you personally will
bolster you to believe that he is with you even
now, though at the moment a cloud might block his warmth and light
from reaching you.
It's not difficult to keep a
gifts journal. I am making one available to you digitally. In a moment, I'll tell you how to download it onto
your computer, where you can print it out and use it again and again.
Download the Ebook Journal here.
Here's how to start keeping your
very own Abundant Gifts Journal:
1. Print out the pages of the eBook Journal, 3-hole
punch them, and put the pages into some kind of binder. Or, you could keep it on your computer and
write in it that way. Or, you can use the Digital Personal
Journal and record your blessings in
2. At the and of each day,
take 5-7 minutes of quiet time to reflect
back over the day. Jot down the date, and think: What was
difficult? Did God help you with that difficult situation in any way? What joys pop out at you? Was there
anything that had seemed difficult at one point, but now you see that it was really a gift in disguise? Were
there any simple pleasures you savored? Any gift you gave another person that brought joy to their heart and
yours? Was there something you heard, or read, or something someone said to you that seemed especially meant
for you at that moment?
Whatever blessed you, jot down
the kind of gift it was, and describe it in just enough words that
you will remember it later. This is totally subjective—that's
okay. We're talking about your heart and your personal relationship with God, your loving, heavenly
3. Added suggestion: Sharing the gifts of the day
is a wonderful way to connect as a
family as well. Explain to your children that you are going
on what Karen Mains called a "God hunt." You're looking for ways God shows up in your lives, and you want to
share those as you gather for a meal. You can easily create a
"family gifts journal" as well by adapting the Abundant Gifts
eBook Journal and adding a place for the person's name on the top of the page.
I promise you that if start
recording gifts, as an individual and/or as a family for even one week straight, that will be enough to change
your perspective. Once you begin to look for God’s gifts, his tokens of that generous spirit that loves to bless
his beloved children, you will begin to feel loved
And that, my friend, is what God
intends: that you know just how generous your heavenly Father
is, and how much he
Remember, and be