I continue to be swept away by Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts.  After setting it aside for a few weeks, it has quickly drawn me back in.  To be honest, Ann’s writing and insights have felt so profound to me that I’ve been scared to even write about it because I just don’t think I can begin to do it justice.  The way she links her real life experiences back to her journey of discovering grace, thanksgiving, and joy in the smallest details of life amazes me. 

But after my post on thankfulness on Tuesday, I feel the need to share a little Ann with you.  So rather than my summary, I give you Ann:

“Thanks is what multiplies the joy and makes any life large, and I hunger for it…The brave who focus on all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.  

When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.  How can this not be the best thing for the world?  For us?  The clouds open when we mouth thanks.”  

Hear more from Ann here.  


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