Thursday, October 4, 2012

entering the sanctuary


this chapter came at the best time.

i was thinking about how influence is next week already and how these next six days until i leave will just drag. and then i thought about how the weekend would fly. and i thought to myself, i wish that wouldn't happen. i wish i could slow it down somehow.

i have read this book and i forgot that thankfulness is how we slow time down. that thankfulness, not after, but in the midst, is the anchor weighing down the torrent of minutes rushing wild.

i have forgotten - again - to give thanks.

so i know now, and i will remember as i make my way south, that i need to grasp every moment, ponder it in my heart, and be unspeakably thankful, because each moment i live, each breath i breathe, is a miracle in itself - the miracle eucharisteo precedes.

"life is not an emergency. life is eucharisteo" (voskamp, one thousand gifts, p.74)

& i want to live it.

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how often have you mistaken hurrying for making up time instead of wasting it? how might you have to fully grasp moments in order to live them fully?

link up your thoughts on the fourth chapter of ann voskamp's one thousand gifts here:

then head over to see what margaret's written here!

one thousand gifts
19. talking to chelsea until 5am
20. grace for trying to make up time
21. setting christy's legacy of hope up with a mailing list and twitter
22. being the only white person at a gas station in detroit proper...
23. ...& getting that gas for $3.68.
24. an orange bowl full of apple jacks

3 comments:

  1. I love this. Even in the waiting or the transition or the uncertainty, this life is a miracle.

    And I am also grateful for conversations with you :) Loooove you! But no more that late. Because I slept til almost 1pm!

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  2. "i have read this book and i forgot that thankfulness is how we slow time down. that thankfulness, not after, but in the midst, is the anchor weighing down the torrent of minutes rushing wild."

    I wholeheartedly agree AND love this, Annie! Thankfulness does seem to slow down the time somehow.

    Oh, and I'm sorry I missed last week's link up! I was sick. So, I included my thoughts on both last week's chapter and this week's chapter in today's post. ;-)

    May you have a blessed week, full of abundant gifts!

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  3. Oh my sweet girl! This post was great. I just settled into my bed and was thinking about how exhausted i was. I was thinking about how I had work all day tomorrow and all this homework to do and how tired my body was and then i read your words and in this moment i stopped, took a deep breath and thanked God for this time of rest. I let my body rest into my bed and was aware of where i was right now. I live in the future so often, it is hard to be thankful for the present. What a great little reminder! :)

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