In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear.— Ann Voskamp
The most powerful Ann Voskamp quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest light to all the world.
Being joyful isn't what makes you grateful. Being grateful is what makes you joyful.
We only enter into the full life if our faith gives thanks.
Because how else do we accept His free gift of salvation if not with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives. Thanksgiving is the manifestation of our Yes! to His grace.
It's habits that can imprison you and it's habits that can free you.
But when thanks to God becomes a habit - so joy in God becomes your life.
There is unwavering peace today when an uncertain tomorrow is trusted to an unchanging God.
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.
...the secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.
Real joy is not found in having the best of everything but in trusting that God is making the best of everything.
Your naked body deserves the honor of being shared only with someone who is covenanted to never stop loving your naked soul.
The prayers we weave into the matching of socks, the stirring of oatmeal, the reading of stories, they survive fire.
We live in a broken world - and for the life of me I can't get it all right.
But Jesus takes all our broken messes and He makes them, by His grace, into a mosaic of grace.
God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.
And I've an inkling that there are times when we need to drive a long, long distance, before we can look back and see God's back in the rearview mirror. Maybe sometimes about as far as heaven -- that kind of distance.
Gratitude is not only a response to God in good times - it's ultimately the very will of God in hard times. Gratitude isn't only a celebration when good things happen. It's a declaration that God is good no matter what happens.
I don't want a Christmas you can buy.
I don't want a Christmas you can make. What I want is a Christmas you can hold. A Christmas that holds me, remakes me, revives me. I want a Christmas that whispers, Jesus.
Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else's, and you've just picked up a stick and beaten up your own soul.
Be radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about holiness.
When the heart and mind focus on things unseen - that's when there's a visible change in us.
Real Womanhood isn’t a function of becoming a great mother, but of being loved by your Great Father.
Giving thanks is that: making the canyon of pain into a megaphone to proclaim the ultimate goodness of God when Satan and all the world would sneer at us to recant.
Motherhood is a hallowed place because children aren’t commonplace.
Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege. Never forget.
God only allows pain if He’s allowing something new to be born.
Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.
Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perserverance, mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, if no shadows fell over a life?
Lament is a cry of belief in a good God, a God who has His ear to our hearts, a God who transfigures the ugly into beauty. Complaint is the bitter howl of unbelief in any benevolent God in this moment, a distrust in the love-beat of the Father's heart.
If I had the perspective of the whole, perhaps I'd see it? That which seems evil, is it a cloud to bring rain, to bring a greater good to the whole of the world? Who would ever know the greater graces of comfort and perseverance, mercy and forgiveness, patience and courage, if no shadows fell over a life?
There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things.
It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.
I am a hunter of beauty and I move slow and I keep the eyes wide, every fiber of every muscle sensing all wonder and this is the thrill of the hunt and I could be an expert on the life full, the beauty meat that lurks in every moment. I hunger to taste life. God.
I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment.
God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.
The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.
Living radical isn't about where you live - it's about how you love.
That little burning bush that is the signature of the blog - it echoes Elizabeth Barrett Browning's words.
Satan's sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude.
Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully ungrateful for what God gave.
The only way to care for the disadvantaged - is to disadvantage yourself -which is guaranteed to turn out for your advantage.
We can worship Christ in our sanctuaries and we can pray to God on our knees, but how we treat - or neglect - the person next door, the poor, every human being, this is how we truly speak to Christ and this is how we really treat Jesus.
At the last, this is what will determine a fulfilling, meaningful life, a life that, behind all the facades, every one of us longs to live: gratitude for the blessings that expresses itself by becoming the blessing.
The true Love Dare. To move into His presence and listen to His love unending and know the grace uncontainable. This is the vault of the miracles. The only thing that can change us, the world, is this- all His love.
That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To Him. To the God whom we endlessly crave.
Maybe the man who said that his doctor had pulled him off Prozac because One Thousand Gifts and taking the dare to write 1,000 gifts was healing deep places in him and leading him to *experience* joy.
Thanksgiving-giving thanks in everything-prepares the way that God might show us His fullest salvation in Christ.
Maybe the woman who was handed the book [One Thousand Gifts] by a friend the morning before she had an abortion scheduled - and read the book and realized that this pregnancy that she didn't want - perhaps it too could be a gift from God? And then she said showed me the photo of this laughing 5 month old boy.
Gratitude's not a natural posture. The prince of darkness is ultimately a spoiled ingrate, and I've spent most of my life as kin to the fist-shaker.
A lack of doxology leads to depravity.
We want clarity -- and God gives a call.
We want a road map --- and God gives a relationship. We want answers -- and God gives His hand.
Satan prowls but he’s a lion on a leash
Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.
God doesn't want your leftovers. God wants your love overtures, your first-overs, because He is your first love.
Praying with eyes wide open is the only way to pray without ceasing.
But, someone, please give me—who is born again but still so much in need of being born anew—give me the details of how to live in the waiting cocoon before the forever begins?