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Recently, I’ve started reading words penned by Ann Voskamp.

Have you ever heard of this lady?

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-8-54-04-pmHer words are shaping and changing me. She’s a different kind of writer.

Poetic. Slow. Peaceful.

She writes so much on this topic: GRATITUDE.

In fact, her first book is One Thousand Gifts – all about how gratitude changes us.

one-thousand-giftsA friend sent me this article earlier today and if you don’t know much about Ann or know very little, READ this y’all.

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-9-02-04-pmRead the full article here from Christianity Today.

Ann is causing me to think on the life I have right now – and all the small details – and be ever so grateful to God above for exactly where He has me.

Won’t you join me in gratitude?

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β€œHumbly let go. Let go of trying to do, let go of trying to control, let go of my own way, let go of my own fears. Let God blow His wind, His trials, oxygen for joy’s fire. Leave the hand open and be. Be at peace. Bend the knee and be small and let God give what God chooses to give because He only gives love and whisper a surprised thanks. This is the fuel for joy’s flame. Fullness of joy is discovered only in the emptying of will. And I can empty. I can empty because counting His graces has awakened me to how He cherishes me, holds me, passionately values me. I can empty because I am full of His love. I can trust.” – Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

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