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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saving nine

clouds are gathering and the forecast is rain through the weekend.  summer has pulled down the shades and closed the shutters to deliriously bright days.  i am taking nature’s hint and i’m walking in a dim house, wondering how much a cord of fire wood will cost me. i don’t want to forget summer.  the

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souvenirs

there is sand sprinkled here and there that we’ve carried home with us.  the candle sounds slight gravel as i move it closer to the page.  i brush numbered grains off of the cover of the bible that i read where blue met blue – and what is that verse? “i will surely bless you

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our first visit to the beach

i feel calm like the wind and its beauty and its wisdom. i hear the holy spirit calling out to me with all its heart and its glory. gratitude journal ~ one thousand gifts ~ 887 – 906 books that speak fellow travelers trails to follow your word prayer restoration lake michigan beach towns sunshine

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another place

peace is as close as my own front door. i’ve been trying to remember that in the presence of the lord there is fullness of joy. so where is the lord and where can his presence be found? right here. right now. in the present moment alone. no need to travel to a conference or

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light spills from our pockets

we’re living in answered prayer. i unpack boxes into space to breathe, into space large enough to house all five of these souls that a good god has decided is our family.  i see my husband talk to me beneath a fifteen foot ceiling and i think, yes, we are finally in a space big

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backstreets of heaven

houses are real, solid things that will take up your time and slide it like so much money in the till.  but time isn’t money.  time is a gift.  time is filled with what you love. back outside the house there is a patch of lilies that haven’t asked for anything.  they came up on

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summer time

“god’s timing is different than our timing.” this admonition seems to always come with an obnoxious knowing glance that is trite and makes that mountain of truth into a molehill. there is no knowing look for us human beings. i know nothing and i’ll defend that same nothing to my last breath sometimes. i’m like

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grand

“i’m going to grandma’s house.” eleanor climbs tiny and her mind spoken is a fact, but there is a darling in her heart able to sway. her father’s mother. lush in the backyard is the grandmother most of all.  among all the tended plants and intended wild growth, there is a flower fairer. eleanor has

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from sea to sea

both of my grandfathers were in the army. my father was in the air force. my brother served in the navy. uncles, cousins and friends – the years they gave away; i’ve heard those stories all my life. today when driving home, i was stopped at a light and a homeless man sat on a

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