Tuesday, October 2, 2012

me : one thousand gifts : beginning

Hi y'all! A couple years ago, I kept hearing about this book, One Thousand Gifts. People I knew online were reading it and loving it, and encouraging others to read it too. I finally bought it, read it, and loved it. Seriously loved it. It was a life-changer. It made me realize how to be more positive, less negative; how to appreciate my friends and family more; and how to be thankful for all of life's little moments, to get through the bigger (and more difficult) moments.

The beginning of September marked the beginning of the fall quarter for our church, and I started a Ladies' class on Wednesday nights and am teaching through this book. Some of the ladies have already read it, some have even taken the challenge before to do the "gratitude lists", but some of them, this is completely new to. It's been wonderful to read through the book again, intentionally taking my time, digging deep, and spending a lot of time reflecting on what I've read and what it means to me, in order to do a good job teaching. I can feel it changing my life again. Challenging me. Making me evaluate my life. Making me grow. 

from onethousandgifts.com :
In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare  to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann strives to find the meaning of life and fully embrace the surprising truth from the final scenes of Jesus’ earthly life.  In the hours before Jesus’ execution, he took bread and gave thanks.  This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ’s thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.
With startling lyrical power, Voskamp writes the answers to universal questions:
  • Where is joy in the midst of cruelty and chaos, duties and despair?
  • How does one slow down enough for the soul and God to live in synch?
  • How in the world do we learn to find God and live fully?
The laundry keeps piling up, dishes never end, kids fight and people die.  But regardless of circumstances, the dare of the “gift list” shows Voskamp a way to live even through the dullness and hurts of life.  Through the aches and triumphs, she finally sees what she’s been missing, something that so many women can’t seem to find in their everyday lives.  Ideal for personal spiritual growth or Bible study groups, included within One Thousand Gifts are study questions to provoke additional thought and discussion.
I definitely feel like I'm going through a spiritual growth spurt. Which, in itself, is pretty amazing, but to be on a spiritual high, to be going through a spiritual growth spurt right here, right now, without having been at a retreat/church camp/or other related activity, is incredibly amazing! I'm excited to read, I'm looking forward to learning more, and I'm enjoying prayer time. Which, to be honest, prayer is one area of my Christian walk that always seems to be lacking so much. 

Last week, my class discussed chapter 3, and in class, we each started our lists. I'm not saying that I'm going to share all 1000 gifts of my list on my blog. But, I'm not saying I won't either. We'll just see what happens. So be expecting that to start soon... 

And if you're interested in joining our study remotely (my SIL is doing it as well), I'd love to have you. Just send me an email or leave me a comment letting me know and I'll email you the student handouts. (If you leave a comment, make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you.) 

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? If so, what was it?


  1. wow that sounds like an awesome book. i haven't heard of it yet. thanks for sharing id love for you to share more in future posts

  2. Do you mean that we can participate online?



  3. Sure! I would love to join you! I loaned my copy of the book to someone, so I will have to get it back.

  4. oh, yes, me too please!

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  6. Have you seen the website www.incourage.me . If you go to the past book selections. They have 1000's gifts. They have a short video for each chapter with Ann. It really good. We used it this summer for our bible study.



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