One Thousand Gifts OBS Week 1 — Attitude of Gratitude


One Thousand Gifts

Laurie McClure

Eucharisteo is the Biblical Greek word that literally means to give thanks… what I believe Jesus did each and every day regardless of His circumstances. ~ Ann Voskamp

Father, I thank You that You have heard me. — John 11:41

Welcome to the One Thousand Gifts Online Bible Study with our dear friend, Ann Voskamp!

Hi there, friends! If you’ve been with us on previous studies, you already know me, but if not, I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Laurie McClure, your OBS leader and the editor at FaithGateway. My favorites include: the beach, reading, watching movies and old TV shows, listening to podcasts, going out to brunch on Sundays, and enjoying time with my dear family. I’m a Jesus girl, a Bible lover, and I love getting to know the Lord in a deeper way every year. I was married for twenty-four years and have five children. Since we can’t meet in person on a weekly basis, consider yourself metaphorically invited into my sometimes-messy, little home for this study. I can’t wait to begin! This is going to be all about the One we love above all else… Jesus!

In case you don’t yet know Ann, she’s a farm girl, a poet, a writer, a wife, a mother, and a friend. She’s known heartbreak and joy and digests both in company with the Savior unlike anyone I’ve ever known. Ann has a way of looking at the world with wonder, and appreciation, and adoration of God that will guide you and me to follow with the same kind of reverence and awe. She’s a captivating story-weaver and Jesus-impassioned spoken word poet and I know you’ll love her as our whole team does!

So, here we go! Let’s fight for the joy we’re aching for and fight for thanksgiving!

This week in your study:

  1. Watch the video for session one on our study home page on our study home page and join the conversation with fellow OBS participants afterward… Take notes in your study guide on pages 11-15 and be sure to join us for the facilitated discussion at the end!
  2. Go through the study questions with your group or on your own on pages 15-19.
  3. Read One Thousand Gifts, Chapter 1-3.
  4. Grab your Bible and enjoy your personal study this week on pages 20-26.
  5. Join the conversations about the study and get to know fellow participants in the private Facebook group!

Scriptures this Week

John 11:41
1 Corinthians 11:23-24
2 Chronicles 20:12

Prayer for the Week

Jesus, we welcome You into our hearts, even the closed-off spaces, as we enter this season of gratitude. Help us to see You in the small. Help us to open our hands in release and trust. In the knowledge that You are good and we have so much to be thankful for. Tend to those tender places that are raw with hurt and ache and grief. Give us more of Yourself, Lord.  We love You, dear Jesus. Amen.

From Sarah :
I can’t believe I forgot about this Bible Study. I have looked forward to it for a couple of years actually.I bought all the books and journals but never did anything with them. I knew the RIGHT time would could.
I can’t really say I forgot about it:
I just didn’t realize it was this week.I planned on promoting it this week and starting on it next week.
Thanksgiving is lte this year and for some reason, it has thrown me. Not sure why.
Nothing like officially starting and already being behind.
Join in if you can.
Love And Hugs,