There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things.
It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing.
The moments will add up.
~ Ann Voscamp
Do you regularly count your blessings?
It’s Ann’s story.
The wife of a 1000 pigs farmer.
They raise wheat, soy beans, corn.
And six homeschooled kids.
Her story contains tragedy, comedy, drama. In Christ.
But this is more than her story. In Ann’s non-preachy way, she subtly invites this to become your story too, if it’s not already.
Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life,
and joy is always given, never grasped.
God gives gifts and I give thanks
and I unwrap the gift given:
In her book she explains its beginning. And on her blog you see how it’s growing.
You have to go slow to read Ann’s writing. Accede to that up front, or don’t pick up her book at all. Because she writes it different.
It’s poetry through prose.
It’s grace through thanks.
It’s God through words.
It’s soap bubbles and cheese mounds and Rembrandt paintings. Harvest moons and emergency rooms and broken bread. Greek words and profound quotes and redeemed imagination.
The quiet song of gratitude, eucharisteo,
lures humility out of the shadows
because to receive a gift the knees must bend humble
and the hand must lie vulnerably open
and the will must bow to accept whatever the Giver chooses to give.
But like all good writers of Truth, Ann doesn’t leave you with Ann; she leaves you with God. In His hands. He is the one you’re drawn to. And He is always good.
...that that which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond.
To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave.
Ann seeks God everywhere.
You can too.
Because God is everywhere.
Is there a greater way to love the Giver
than to delight wildly in His gifts?
I continue my count to 1000 and beyond...
~ a room with no clock
~ mystery of inverse relationship between fancy hotel and good internet
~ this hotel with great internet
~ grace to decline Jeff’s offer to find a different hotel...
~ ...then Jeff putting together this dessert (especially in a hotel room)
~ live streaming
~ worshiping with my church even 400 miles away
~ Isaiah 43
~ “Full atonement!” Can it be? Hallelujah! What a Savior!
~ remains of the day
~ artists using alphabet to paint ideas
~ wonder of words
~ Wonder of Word
~ daughter with heart for world
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Watch the chapter videos.
Have you read Ann’s book?
What’s a gift you’ve received this week?