reaching one thousand

it has taken about a year and a half of writing down what i almost failed to mention to reach one thousand gifts.  i met ann voskamp in grand rapids and we’re both the type to skip the small talk and soon i found a fast friend.  her book came out about eight months later

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mud monsters

an odd thing has occurred over the past two weeks.  during the move and among all these boxes, i packed up parts of myself.  i stretched the tape with its loud resistance, not wanting to become a straight line, content to wrap endlessly around itself, i pressed it clear onto that box that contained me

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the vineyard

country roads led us out to a winery that i could have driven right by and missed some of the best wine in the state of michigan. we turned in. inside the old school house turned spirit house, we are poured taste after taste of the vine and i am thinking about the god that

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we could build a good thing

how do you say thank you for people? these pictures aren’t the greatest.  but the people? they are. this is lynne.  she has spent days at our new house painting.  i’ll post pictures of the murals she did that bring beauty – like her laugh, like her kindness. this is a picture of blake and

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nomenclature of a thankful heart

the song played about wanting god to be fair, but that’s not what he said, not what he promised.  god doesn’t have to be fair.  this isn’t a democracy.  i have to take what he gives. and sometimes that is hard. it’s felt hard these past few weeks. but today is different.  today i’m driving

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what i like about you

these days are full of friends. people who love with their days, with their deeds. if we measured our wealth by flesh and blood, we’d be millionaires. luckily, we do. we’re picking up hammers and crowbars and peeling off wallpaper. we’re washing floors. and our friends are right there with us. they’re climbing up ladders

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another brand new

i’m sitting outside in the morning.  it’s peaceful right now.  there is time to breathe and the new air of the day is again fresh for beginnings. this weekend was slower than the one before it, but the grinds are turning and the wheels that need oil are starting to roll.  another week to get

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a beautiful life

i’m waking up this monday on shaky ground.  i’m going to drink this cup.  this cup of coffee and make the hungry children breakfast.  i’m going to feel small.  i’m going to remember the big picture.  i remember that my life has meaning where he says it has meaning. contrary to popular opinion, god is

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enjoying without owning

there are different birdsongs here. and there is almost too much beauty to take in. we drove down highways carved through hills of rock.  we stepped careful out onto smooth rocks lodged in the middle of stream fed rivers.  i reached the center of that clearest water, found a rock to sit and watch the

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