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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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Hungry for Beauty

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2013

Ann Voskamp’s (One Thousand Gifts) six children are seated at the table, waiting for a dinner that already is late.  Yet Ann’s husband excitedly wants to share the harvest moon he’s just observed with her.  As they run off to see the moon, Ann becomes aware that until the present moment she hadn’t even noticed […]

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What do you want?

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2013

In Chapter 6 (“What Do You Want?  The Place of Seeing God”) of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp discusses why she continues keeping her list of things she’s thankful for, despite reaching her initial goal: “I am a wandering Israelite who sees the flame in the sky above, the pillar, the smoke from the […]

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Rocks in the mouth

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2013

As Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) winds her car through the pre-dawn darkness with her son Levi- on the way to the hospital for Levi’s hand surgery- she clicks off the car radio and flips to Scripture on CD.  Ann and Levi hear the following verse from Matthew 4:4- “People do not live by bread […]

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The unwavering faith of fissured hearts

By Dave Henning / January 13, 2013

In Chapter 5 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp recalls the strong faith of her brother-in-law John at the funerals of his two infant sons, who had died 18 months apart of a genetic lung disease, calling such affirmation of God’s goodness “the unwavering faith of fissured hearts”.  Indeed, the author states, that kind […]

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Every dark woods has words

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2013

Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 5 of One Thousand Gifts by revisiting an issue she initially presented in Chapter 1: “How to lay the hand open for this moment’s bread- when it will hurt.”  In other words, is God’s grace sufficient in all life’s circumstances, good as well as bad? As the author phrases it, “awakening […]

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