The book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has been on my to buy list for a while. On my birthday my dear friend Kathy read my mind and got it for me.
I am about half way through it and all I can say is, WOW I love this book and it truly is changing me!
So it's true that I say that about lots of books but I figure if I am going to take my precious time to read something I better apply it and make it count.
The time Chapter has really opened my eyes to a poetic world around me waiting to be absorbed. The last few days I often stop what I am doing and drink the moment in. Sipping slowly letting the joy sink into my soul. Ann talks about that life is not an emergency to be rushed through. I have to often found myself rushing.....rushing wear though? I guess with many children and many things that have to get done I feel like I live in fast forward sometimes. This book is helping me to learn to pause and go in slow motion.
I have been very busy with school starting and classes and housework and on and on and on. I so want to learn this lesson Ann teaches.... to open my eyes and appreciate each moment. To slow time and live in the present, thanking God for his good gifts.
We have been spending lots of afternoons into the evenings at the beach. The boys are excited about surfing and it has been so hot. It is refreshing to sit with the cool ocean wind, blowing in my face. As I sat there last night time stood still. I saw the sunset I saw my children laughing and playing enjoying Gods creation. I felt deeply thankful and consciously etched the day into my memory.
Thank you Lord for all these gifts.
~Shiny blue eyes that dance in the sunlight.
~Smiling faces playing in the water.
~A beautiful beach a couple of miles from our home.
~Father and sons being best friends.
~Siblings that remember to remember Jonathan.
~Jadon pausing thoughtfully after asking me what I wrote......"Jonathan" I replied. After a long moment he bent down and added a heart to the bottom of his name.
~sandy, smiling faces.
~Waves made for our pleasure.
~A bathing suit with a tutu after years of buying board shorts.
~A husband that I adore.
~Sunset and moonlight reflecting on the water at the same time.
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ