Thursday, October 11, 2012

seeking to see

"[W]as this now only the beginning of really becoming?" [ann voskamp, one thousand gifts, p.84]
"Joy and pain, they are but two arteries of the one heart that pumps through all those who don't numb themselves to really living." [ann voskamp, one thousand gifts, p.84]
this chapter reminded me of last spring's secret church simulcast, during which david platt asked (warning: rough paraphrase ahead), what if all the suffering in the world were evidence of God's great mercy? what if He were holding back 99% of the suffering that could occur, and we were only seeing and enduring and living the 1%?

and we can even say: we don't carry the 1% alone. because He has given us community to help us carry our small burdens and He has given us that cross, that great and ultimate symbol of suffering, on which He cast His life, and where we can cast those burdens and leave completely free.

i see it now. life is grace and i missed it.

He grows me. He grows me through seasons of loneliness and seasons of hardship and seasons of asking and wondering and questioning. the questioning sometimes comes desperate and sometimes comes angry. He is always there; always faithful, always tender, always in the midst of my pain.

i see it now. even my pain is grace and i missed that, too.

i'm making a new commitment to chase hard after His heart, because it's only when i do that i see with His eyes instead of my own. and i want desperately to see with His eyes, to see grace where i would otherwise not, to push hard through to His truth.
"I can say it certain now: All is grace....
"All is grace only because all can transfigure."
[ann voskamp, one thousand gifts, p.101]
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have you missed His grace where you've seen with your own eyes instead? how has your perspective since changed?

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

margaret isn't posting this week, so you should go over here and tell her how gorgeous she and her roommates are!


one thousand gifts
29. people who believe in this community, on my blog & theirs, enough to put their money into it

& i would like to take a hot minute to introduce you to two of them.


1. what are three little things for which you're thankful?
First, I am so thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ. My faith is everything to me. Secondly, I am so overwhelming blessed with an amazing hubby! He is my best friend. He encourages me, he blesses me, and believes in me. I don't know what I would do without him. Thirdly, I am so thankful for my family. They are the most loving and supportive people I know. I consider myself a very blessed girlie! 

2. what's your favorite verse and why?
Proverbs 31:25 "She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come." I love this verse so much that I named my blog after it! :) I love the picture that it paints in my mind of a woman who finds her strength in the Lord. A woman of dignity and character who finds her value in Jesus not the world. I also see a woman who can laugh at the days to come, because she is fully dependent on her Savior. A faithful Savior that will see her through each season of her life. 

3. what's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Love Love Jeni's Wildberry Lavender Ice Cream! Amazing.

4. coke or pepsi?
I don't drink pop, but I am a serious coffee junkie.


1. what are three little things for which you're thankful?
The sun on my face, lazy Sunday afternoons, and the human heart.

2. what's your favorite verse and why?
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26) I repeat this verse to myself at least once a day. It's a simple, yet powerful reminder that I'm human and make mistakes. Although I will fail God sometimes, He is the source of my strength and all I need forever.

3. what's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mmm...Moose Tracks. Yum!

4. coke or pepsi?
Coca Cola. Hands Down. No Contest.

2 comments:

  1. I am obviously behind on my reading (hence the absence for the past couple weeks). I will be back to join you all next week! That thought from David Platt is, wow, something to consider!

    Can't wait to catch up and see what else the Lord has for me in this book!!

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  2. Beautifully written! Interesting thought by David Platt-smart man.

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