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The water cycle of grace

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2013

At the beginning of Chapter 10 (“Empty to Fill”) of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp recalls the time she read to her children how the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, yet nothing flows out.  Thus the salt water content rises and everything dies.  Similarly, if we dam up the living waters of […]

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Transendent fullness of joy

By Dave Henning / January 27, 2013

Ann Voskamp offers her perspective on putting theory into practice in Chapter 9 of One Thousand Gifts: “. . . theories and theology stillbirth unless they can take on some skin, breathe in the polluted air of this world, and make it happen.”  Transcendent fullness of joy will take us from theoretical exploration to living full.  […]

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Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble!

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2013

In Chapter 9 (“Go Lower”) of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp comments on the paradoxical nature of humility: “The moment I try to grasp for humility, she’s gone.  Speak of humility, shine a light shaft on it, and she’s shadow-gone in the dark. . . . If I focus on humility, I look inward to […]

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Great expectations

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2013

Ann Voskamp’s (One Thousand Gifts) mother had a favorite saying- “Expectations kill relationships.”  Ann extends her mother’s words in Chapter 9: “Expectations kill relationships- especially with God.”  In contrast, young children haven’t yet structured their lives with expectations.  They are open to the surprising wonder of the moment. Ann notes that it’s only when our […]

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Seeing small

By Dave Henning / January 24, 2013

As Chapter 9 (“Go Lower”) of One Thousand Gifts begins, author Ann Voskamp is recording her blessings via the lens of her camera.  She is pleasantly interrupted by her young daughter, who is all of three and a half feet tall.  Her daughter wants to take pictures as well.  With operating instructions from Ann and […]

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God is passing by

By Dave Henning / January 24, 2013

Toward the end of Chapter 8 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp acknowledges that there are times when remembering doens’t kindle gratitude and instead leaves third-degree burns.  She confesses: “There are moments that as sure as I bruise I don’t feel like good things have been given.  What of all the memories where Christ seems […]

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Discovering Who can be counted on

By Dave Henning / January 23, 2013

In Chapter 8 of One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp discovers that living her lifestyle of intentional gratitude produced an unexpected and unintentional result- a test in the trustworthiness of God.  Through the process of counting her blessings she stumbled on the way out of fear.  Ann reflects on what really is happening when fear and […]

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Trust issues

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2013

In Chapter 8 of One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp discusses issues that may derail our trust in God and how thanksgiving (eucharisteo) rebuilds trust.  She begins the chapter with the following quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” Ann onfesses that historically […]

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Seeing joy, God in the moment

By Dave Henning / January 20, 2013

Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 7 of One Thousand Gifts with six principles for seeing the joy that is deeply hidden in moments of woundedness: 1.  We are not required to change what we see, only the way we see. 2.  Our commitment to the hard practice of seeing  must be intentional.  Otherwise we’re like the Children […]

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Looking for the “ugly beautiful”

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2013

Author Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 7 (“Seeing Through the Glass”) of One Thousand Gifts by describing her reaction to an altercation between two of her sons.  Ann just had finished placing vases of sunflowers around the house when the clash began, ostensibly over toast.  She struggled to envision God’s grace and the need to give […]

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A foretaste of the feast to come

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2013

Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) concludes Chapter 6 with six observations on desiring and experiencing God’s glory: 1.  Our quest to see God, who is invisible, enables us to persevere through life.  Hebrews 11:27- “By faith he (Moses) left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.” 2.  […]

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The remedy is in the retina

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2013

While lying prostrate in the wheat field under the white harvest moon, Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) comes to understand that transformation- top be able to see through the eyes of faith, can be the long miracle.  It’s how we choose to behold that makes the difference.  Do we behold God’s glory or bemoan our […]

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