… which I haven’t actually read yet. The Lord lead me to a blog about a year and a half ago, and I’ve been encouraged, taught, and convicted by it almost daily ever since. The blog is A Holy Experience, and the author, Ann Voskamp, has just released her book! The title is One Thousand Gifts; it chronicles Ann’s journey (and fight) for joy and how constant, consistent thankfulness to God changed her heart. I began my Thankfulness posts after reading of Ann’s intentionality to count the ways the Father blesses her.
I had it on preorder, something that I’ve never done before, and it came in the mail this weekend. I’ve just kind of nibbled on the beginning of the book, but I’m gladly anticipating some time to sit down and really read it. I’m hesitant to recommend a book I haven’t actually read yet, but the Lord has used Ann Voskamp’s writing for good in my heart so often. She loves Jesus, writes poignantly, and speaks the truth with gentleness. So I feel pretty confident that this book is going to live up to my expectations, and I have some great expectations! Here’s a trailer to whet your appetite.
I’m going to be reading along with this book club. And I’m excited to hear Ann’s own elaboration on what she’s written, as well as learning how the book impacts other women.
If you decide to read it, I’d really love to hear your thoughts and reactions!
I love Thanksgiving! I like taking time to be thoughtfully thankful and to notice and remember all the good things my heavenly Father gives.
This year, we’re starting a new tradition, and I’m really excited about it. We’re going to be writing in a Thanksgiving journal. We’re planning to take time together and individually to write out our thankfulness to God over this month. I’m also inviting each person that comes into our home to write their thanks. I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to use this year after year, and learn to see the continual graciousness of our God.
Here are a few other ideas to use in making Thanksgiving celebrations honoring to Christ, the One who gives us all things!
What are y’all doing to center your Thanksgiving celebrations around the God that gives every good and perfect gift?
I have greatly profited from the writings of C.S. Lewis, and enjoyed watching this free, hour-long documentary on his life. Go here to check it out.
Click here to go to a video of a thoughtful, Scriptural answer.
This is a subject which I’ve been thinking on, and talking about to Bret, but we hadn’t been able to come to a satisfactory answer. This video has really helped us think more clearly about health and fitness and honoring the God who made us.
One of my favorite parts of Luke’s developing personality is his enjoyment of books. He loves to read with Mama or Daddy, or anyone who will read to him. He will also just sit by himself and look at the pictures in a book. Although he’s a busy, curious, active boy (within 10 minutes today, he dunked my pjs in the toilet, and unrolled the toilet paper!), he will gladly sit still for quite a while looking at books.
In encouraging Luke to enjoy reading and to value learning, I have been greatly aided by Gladys Hunt’s book Honey for a Child’s Heart. I stumbled (by sweet Providence) on this book in the public library. It is a gem of a book! I haven’t read all of it, but I am definitely going to. The first section is gentle, joyful encouragement to read to children and to encourage them to read. One of the things I found particularly helpful were Hunt’s thoughts on how reading good books teaches children and can even enhance the Christ-focused shepherding of a home. The second section is an annotated bibliography of books she recommends. The book list is divided into ages and genres. This is so helpful to me! I’ve started taking a list with me when I go to the library to get books for Luke, so that I can be more certain that I’m getting books that are good for him.
Please go and watch or listen to another Rachel share her hope and faith in Jesus. She is a wife and mother and she is dying of cancer. I was convicted, encouraged, and made to examine my own heart and who God is through her wise, true, hopeful words. It’s well worth your time.
I took a little break from the internet, except for emails that Bret said I needed to read, because I can easily spend way to much time on the internet, neglecting work around the houseor even hobbies in mindless web surfing. Recently, however, I’ve come across two websites that have been particularly encouraging to me.
The first site is a blog written by a very thoughtful, intentional, Christ-seeking woman. She is a expressive, poignant, artist writer, and my heart has been stirred as I read of her daily journey with God. Click here to go and be provoked to muse over what it means to live in the presence of the Almighty God.
The other fruitful use of technology I’ve been enjoying is a podcast by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. This is her website, and here’s a link directly to the podcast. I’ve really been encouraged and convicted as I listen to her teach God’s Word. Each podcast is about half an hour long, so I can listen to them while I’m making dinner or ironing. This is a good way for me to hear Christ-centered teaching as I care for my son and husband.
Also, the girltalk bloggers have been doing a series on living to the glory of God as a young mother, which is especially relevant to me right now. There’s a link to their site on the sidebar. I’ve found their book recommendations really helpful.