Monday, February 28, 2011

Breathe in..... Breathe out.... the gifts #596-618

Because it bears repeating, and because who can say it better than her?:

         " Counting the gifts, one thousand gifts, isn’t an Oprah kind of gratitude. It isn’t a new age kind of feel-good exercise. It isn’t trendy. It isn’t pop culture. And it definitely isn’t comfortable.
Counting one thousand gifts is to live the radical thanks of Christ. It’s about an exercise in the age to come coming now and finding comfort in the Comforter. It’s the culture of believers really believing, the culture of God and the Blood of the Lamb.  "       Ann Voskamp

a dream not yet lived
it's simplicity, and
living a life
beyond my wildest dreams

Softly and Tenderly in the wrong key
how it didn't matter
He can call in any key...

I can read His Word
sometimes I can understand it

how scrambled eggs and scraped salsa jar can be hospitality

That God chooses the foolish, weak, and base
so, I'm chosen

The basket on the table that holds our most vital Nourishment
how we feast here

daddy and kid built bed forts

the pup has more energy than we bargained for, and
it's good for us

how love believes the best, and yes....
love covers a multitude of wrong.....

holy experience


  1. thank you.
    your gratitudes are quiet. beautiful. welcoming.

    as i read i kept thinking, "yes." "this."
    and yet it is here that i will join you and it is here that i will remain for much of this day. it is here that i am thankful to remain for all of my days:

    how love believes the best, and covers a multitude of wrong.....mine,his,theirs,yours.

    love you more than you can imagine, dear one :)

  2. 'how scrambled eggs and scraped salsa jar can be hospitality

    That God chooses the foolish, weak, and base
    so, I'm chosen'

    i loved it all and especially these beautiful kara...and this part of Ann's post...AMEN! I think that touched deepest for me too:)

    You know you are Kara which means 'Joy' in the greek and my name, Abigail, means 'source of joy'--so I always feel a kindredcy with the joy-connected names:) and kara is the name i have for another daughter...should she come...i'm praying she does!

  3. How cool that you want to use the name Kara, Abby!
    Tobitha and I were talking about the meaning of my name when we first read about Eucharisteo in Ann's book. It was fun and cool to realize that (I had only known the Latin meaning of my name prior to that). :)


  4. Thank you, dear sister! Love your list! Love that the pup is more than you bargained for and it's good for you!

    Love your picture of hospitality - I can tell you're practicing!

    Love that your list is wrapped up in Him and displays His magnitude, yet somehow is beautifully simple.

    So enjoying the book too! Thank you for walking the walk and talking the talk along the way!

    Love you!