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Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the...

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  1. Ann, your words never cease to inspire me. I have so much to thank you for. As a newly single mother of two little girls, you help me to see God’s grace with more clarity on a daily basis. Even through the difficult, hard grace, I still see God’s role and love. After the abrupt departure of my husband (who is a Christian minister) I thought God was forsaking me. I entered a dark space of negativity. But God never left me. He has gently guided me in the direction of people that inspire and give me a sense of hope. There is a hunger in the poetic prose of your words. It is impossibly contagious. I identify with the stark emotion and depth and power of your storytelling. I am so thankful for your blog. It lifts me every day and reminds me to look for little moments of grace in the simplest of joys in the midst of hard-grace-moments. Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family.

  2. The best joy I know is knowing God loves me, I am His, and I live and breathe this joy every day. There is definitely JOY in His presence!

    And I also love the joys of bright summer flowers, a much needed rain shower, pink ribbons of sunrise early in the morning sky….

    He does fill the whole earth with His Glory!

  3. Dear Ann,

    Your words are a gift from god. Its like dancing the words on the paper.
    Eurcharisteo I will never forget this. It’s in my heart and soul.
    And I am thankfull for the words you wrote.

    Thanks a lot ann

    Greating from Dutch girl from the netherlands.

  4. You know what I find myself wishing today? In reading the posts during the last couple of days (what came in the mail; when food’s a hallowed thing) I find myself wishing to go and sit around Canada for a few days. Just be there. Observe how you live eucharisteo in your home, with your family, on your farm… not perfectly, but perfectly beautiful. To allow the surrounding beauty of life and living to seep back in to the tired places. The photos today create a longing to remind myself, yet again, that living grace and gratitude is living Him.

    It came at just the right moment today, within the constant thought stream of too-fat (but you’re underweight!), too-many-calories (trust the Lord; Elijah’s ravens will bring food), how-will-you-EVER-break-this-cycle (look single-mindedly to Jesus, He knows and He’s so, so faithful to redeem)… and suddenly the peaceful, family-full, love-graced photos of today’s posting sends it all to a screeching halt for a moment.

    I know there are a million ways a minute to live eucharisteo – even at our fingertips, within sight, like the most gorgeous bouquet of purples & whites gracing my computer desk as I type this. I just feel to tell you today, Ann, that you’ve encouraged and built this one up in love. Whatever not-enough’s you’re hearing today, please let them be the dim and dying light bulbs that they are, in the face of all you are and all He is in you.

  5. We recently lost my husband’s Mother and my Sunday School class is giving books in our Church library in memory of her. My teacher asked me yesterday, which books do you want besides “One Thousand Gifts” 🙂 I am so thankful for their generosity and also thankful to know your book, which has meant so much to me, will now be in our Church Library. My sweet teacher knows me all too well! Your book has blessed her as well as everyone I’ve given it to, and suggested it to. Thanks for sharing your heart and wonderful talents with us all.
    Blessings today and always,
    Kaye
    Matthew 21:22