If you are not familiar with Ann Voskamp, you need click right over to her blog and fall in love with her writing.
Ann is so much more than a sentence can describe. She is a farmer’s wife, a mother, a homeschooler, a writer, a follower of Jesus, and a giver of thanks. She took us all on her journey of counting One Thousand Gifts and finding joy in the ordinary happenings of everyday. You can read my review HERE.
Now she has written a One Thousand Gifts Devotional. This book takes all the principles from One Thousand Gifts and gives them to us in a practical way. Each day, Ann takes us by the hand and walks us through life, helping us find thanksgiving in our world. We have a chance to participate – to write our own lists in the book and share our own stories.
This book is all the wonderful things about One Thousand Gifts and more.
“Joshua, can you bring another spade?” I call to him across the lane, him coming out of the barn, coming out from feeding all the nursing sows. We’re breaking the earth open and it’s making something in me heal.
And I tear open up the see packets of zucchini, and is it this too, witnessing again this Genesis of giving? That again He gives the first gift and asks for wild faith? The seeds, they fall into my hand small, jewels. I am holding seeds, first gift He ever bestowed upon His people. Maybe this is why the bare feet? But to look at seeds and believe He will feed us? When what He gives doesn’t look like near enough. When it looks like less than a handful instead of a plateful, a year full, a life full. When it looks inedible.
These seeds, they are food? It looks like a bit of a joke.
To hand someone seeds for his swelling, panging starvation, and as him to believe in a feast – is this what everyday faith is?
Behold! For those who have learned to see – He gives, He gifts. He gifts with seeds as small as moments, grace upon grace, and the small. The promise of feast is within the moments. Our enough is always in the now, because He never leaves us. (page 102)
Ann’s words of ordinary happenings are on the page, extraordinary. In the One Thousand Gifts Devotional, we can take little bits of her fancy writing, full of music and twirls, and meditate on the truth in those words, because this book is a one day at a time kind of read.