Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

January Joy

January 12th, 2014

Well, we have made it twelve days into the new year! I heard someone mention that it hardly the “new” year yet, but if I still write 2013 sometimes…that makes it new!

Something for the start of a new year that I would always do would be to write out a list of goals/resolutions for myself. I’m very much a list person, so having a list of things I’d like to accomplish motivates me! One item that I included on that list this year would be finding joy in every situation.

Wait. Does that mean finding joy even in the things I don’t want to do?

Well, yes.

My friend recommended the book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp and so far, it has been such an encouragement! Ann suggests that we write a list of 1000 things we love. She says, “they are just common things and maybe I don’t even know they are gifts really until I write them down and that is what they look like. Gifts He bestows. This writing down–it is sort of like…unwrapping love” (pg 45).

Unwrapping love…I like that.

So I began. Just thinking of the little common things that I wouldn’t normally think about.

1. Snow that gently caresses my hair.

2. Smile from a friend.

3. Singing harmony with sister.

4. Snuggling with babies.

5. Watching the snow cover the earth with its beauty.

6. Early morning hours to think and pray.

And my list now reaches 17…only 983 more to go! 🙂 By intentionally looking for gifts, the jobs that once seemed tedious are ever so much more enjoyable!


Psalm 4:7 says, “You [God] have put more joy in my heart.” God puts that joy in our heart and when we reach out and acknowledge it, we become “Happy in all these little things God gives” (One Thousand Gifts pg.56).


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Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old