We’ve been given one thing to spend – Time. Moments are all we have.  Yet, how many of these moments have our eyes missed?  How many of these beautiful moments have our eyes been wide open to?  I’m convinced we must awake to these moments and let joy rush through, allowing time to slow down as we open our eyes to see the gifts we’ve been given in these moments.

Recently I’ve read the book One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, and I’ve decided to take on her dare, to live fully right where I am by living out Eucharisteo.

Eucharisteo is a greek word meaning “Give Thanks”.  Within this word, there are three components…grace (noticing, looking, seeing the gifts in life), thanksgiving (responding to those gifts with thanks), and joy.

I have decided to fight for joy and stay awake to this beautiful life.  I am taking the journey to joy…because I believe this is how we spend our time well.  This is what we were made for…to worship God…to live in that FULLNESS OF JOY.  I am pursuing a life that receives each moment for what it is…holy, ordinary, grace.  This is how we live our lives well…how we spend our moments well.

So often we rush about and miss the beauty, we miss God in the moments.  We must look to see…look at the ordinary long enough so it becomes unordinary.

Joy is only found in Eucharisteo.  Eucharisteo always proceeds the miracle.  -Ann Voscamp  We must receive what God offers as grace…it is what we were created for.  To enjoy Him, to worship Him, to experience Him – Joy.

Just as Jesus offered thanks at the last supper He shared before He was killed, so we are called to do.  If Jesus could thank the Father for what broke Him, for what separated Him from joy, from life, from that connection He had with the Father, then surely we can thank Him in the midst of anything.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for YOU.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18  

This is His will for you, because it is what produces the most joy, allows you to experience God in each and every moment.

He is everywhere, in every moment…but our eyes must be open to see.

Published by Isabella Swenson