“If it were up to me … I’d write this story differently” (One
Thousand Gifts, p. 20).
Be honest. Haven’t you felt that way sometimes? It was natural for Ann Voskamp to feel that way when her first memories were of her toddler sister’s death, an event traumatic enough to send her mother to a mental institution and to overwhelm her father for years.
And that event wounded Ann Voskamp. Read chapter one of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are to feel the deepness of the wounds, the intensity of Ann’s pain. But out of a place of pain and woundedness, Ann used a pen and gratitude to begin transforming her wounds into words of encouragement.
I’ve written about Ann Voskamp a number of times at Bits of Positivity. About how she started the Gratitude Community … with bloggers around the world sharing some of their gratitude gifts each Monday. About how she wrote One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.
It may be through her book that Ann’s words have spoken loudest and reached farthest… especially after God placed her book on the New York Times bestseller list. And in that book, Ann truly transforms her wounds. By writing her one thousand gifts (things she’s grateful for each day), she reaches the place where she can honestly say:
“As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible” (One Thousand Gifts, p. 33).
“Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perseverance, mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, if no shadows fell over a life?” (Ibid, p. 90)
“All is grace” (Ibid, p. 100).
“God is always good and I am always loved” (Ibid, p. 100).
“Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks. Remembering frames up gratitude. Gratitude lays out the planks of trust. I can walk the planks—from known to unknown—and know: He holds.” (Ibid, pp. 151-152)
“I can become the blessing, a little life that multiplies joy, making the larger world a better place” (Ibid, p. 200).
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