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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • Book Review: With, by Skye Jethani

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Family Christian

    Most people around the world, including the majority of Christians, do not properly relate to God.  They relate to God out of a world-view of fear and are driven by the need to control their world.  This is the claim that Skye Jethani makes in his book, With: Reimaging the Way You Relate to God.

     

    In this book, Jethani claims that most people relate to God in one of four ways.  The first way is Life Under God.  I this relationship, God needs to be appeased and His anger controlled through sacrifice or certain behavior patterns.  This was the prevalent religion of the ancient world, but still manifests itself today, even in many Christian circles.  God is depicted as being angry, and if not appeased will crush us in his wrath.  Thus, the seeker attempts to control God’s anger through service, sacrifice or other religious rituals. 

    The second view of God is in a mindset called Life Over God.  In this mindset, God, if he exists at all, is a celestial watchmaker who wound up the universe and assigned certain laws, and then stepped back and to let it run on its own.  As long as we live within the laws, then everything works out fine.  The atheist and agnostic operate totally within the Love Over God mindset, believing that everything that happens is due to natural laws that have evolved over time.  But even Christians, including many Christian leaders, operate under this same assumption. They believe that God has put in place certain laws of leadership, or biblical principles, or universal rules of the game that, if followed, will guarantee success in ministry or business.

    The third view of God is called Life From God. This viewpoint views God as a vending machine which, if manipulated correctly, gives us what we want or need.  This person serves God as long as their needs or wants are being met and assumes that, as long as God is happy and they live by the rules, all will go well with them.  In the end, they become bitter and disappointed when life deals them a bad hand, assuming that God did not live up to His end of the deal.

    The forth and final view is called Life For God. These are the people who serve God largely through guilt and intimidation.  They feel that unless they are successful in doing good things for God, their lives are worthless.  Many sincere Christians live a life of constant activity and running, doing work for God because they believe that this is what is expected of them. And, sadly, many churches use, abuse and wear down these sincere but exhausted followers.

    All four of these mindsets, Jethani claims, rather than removing the follower’s fear, actually accentuates it.  All four mindsets fail in their attempt to relate to God, and end up actually pushing the seeker further away from God and deeper into despair.   

    After presenting these four prevalent views of relating to God, Jethani then presents what he believes to be the best and biblical mindset:  Life With God.  In this mindset, the fear of failure, the fear of death, the fear of not having enough, the fear of not pleasing God are removed. God is sought solely for the purpose of knowing and loving Him. When this happens, the Christian is free to do God’s will because God’s will is done out of a heart of gratitude and love, not a heart of fear.  Living Life With God allows the Christian to, as Tim Keller said in his book, King’s Cross, enter into the divine dance with the Trinity, moving in step with God rather than trying to go it alone.  This Life With God is a perfect harmony of faith, hope and love – a life of total dependence on the One who died for us to set us free, not to add to the weight of the demands of false religion.

    Find the book here: http://www.familychristian.com/with-reimagining-the-way-you-relate-to-god.html


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  • God Memories

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Family Christian

    “I remember the days of long ago; I mediate on all your works and consider what your hands have done”. Psalm 143:5

     

    God memories help us to remember what is really important in life. The  Lord’s wonderful works come in a variety of expressions. For example, we may have seen His hand at work during our conversion experience while attending church or an old fashioned revival meeting. Or, maybe His answer to prayer arrested our hearts during a contemplative conversation with Christ along a quiet creek bed.

    Our meditation on the Almighty’s activities activates our heart with faith and hope. It is when we ruminate on His righteous acts that we tend to feel secure and certain. When our own work leads us to wander, we can still wonder at the works of His hands. He can work through our works in spite of our works. A mind always on the move needs the maintenance of God’s memories to meditate and muse on His encouraging acts.

    “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them” (Nehemiah 9:17).

    Therefore, look through your minds eye and see in hindsight how heaven has directed your days. His Holy Spirit may have led you to say no to one career opportunity because He had a more significant option in mind. The Lord may have closed one door of higher education, and opened another you would not have scripted, but it was precisely how you met your life mate.

    You saw His works in a little baby He may have blessed you with, to nurture and love. Or it may be the memory of being with a grandparent, and experiencing God’s canopy of creation together. It was here you heard the wisdom of the Lord, and felt unconditional love and acceptance. Use these God memories to galvanize your faith, and to make you more like your memory maker Jesus.

    “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory…” (2Peter 1:12-13a).

    What God memories would I do well to reflect on with gratitude and hope?

    Related Readings: Psalm 42:4; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Isaiah 46:9; Ephesians 2:12

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  • Activity Versus Results

    Posted on November 29, 2011 by Family Christian

    “A wise man who built his house on the rock… A foolish man who built his house on sand”. Matthew 24:b, 26b

     

    Activity can become competition to the best results, because sincere but inappropriate actions can lead to the wrong outcomes. It is not important to be busy in a lot of things, but to be focused on a few essentials for success. On the surface of a busy life it can look like good things are being accomplished, but below the genuine intentions is the sandy foundation of unacceptable results. Less is more when measuring right results.

    At work, for example, be on guard against reams of information that lack interpretation and analysis. Too much data can become a deterrent to making a decision and moving forward. Also, look out for those who are blindly busy, but are going nowhere fast. The busiest people may be the most unproductive people, because there is no time for evaluation and improvement. Diligence that partners with the right strategy and execution leverages the most effective results. Actions aligned with the best overall plan produce long-term sustainability; so build on the rock of right results.

    “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice” (Proverbs 21:2-3, NKJV).

    Furthermore, take the time to evaluate your life and work to God’s game plan. An ongoing audit of your actions will help you reap right results. Behaviors like honesty, humility and accountability will lead to the fruitful results of respect, trust and wisdom. You are saved by grace, but you keep your job by results. Ask your boss or board what results they want to see from you and your team, and then execute accordingly. Give a bi-weekly account of specific measurements, so adjustments can be made as is necessary.

    You build on the solid rock of results when you put into practice a smart and prayed over plan that invites accountability. Work hard, but examine your actions under the authority of God and man. Wise activities lead to a life and work that, by God’s grace, withstand the winds of worry and the storms of insecurity. Let God and others guide you, and you will go a long way with the substance of rock solid results.

    “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

    Who can I invite into my life, and ask to evaluate the activities I need to cease, the ones I need to continue and the new ones I need to start?

    Related Readings: Job 32:1; Proverbs 12:15; Acts 15:38; 1 Corinthians 3:6; 4:6

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Protect Children

    Posted on November 28, 2011 by Family Christian

    “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42

     

    Parents and other adults in authority are morally responsible to protect children. If grown people neglect or excuse their righteous role it is an offense that Jesus does not take lightly. This faithless infraction brings out an intense consequence that is worse than being drowned in the depths of the sea. Indeed, watchfulness over little ones is huge to God.

    It is worse than scandalous for those who uplift the name of Christ to use their position of influence to inflict emotional, physical, spiritual or sexual abuse on children. A warped affection causes hurt to an adolescent’s heart that may take a lifetime to heal. Offenders invite judgment in this life and the life to come that no man or woman can conceive. Thus, look out for the children that come into your life—look for ways to give them life.

    “Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water” (Exodus 2:9-10).

    Are you cautious with whom you leave your child? Or are you aware of another child who may be at risk and needs you as an advocate to step up to the authorities on their behalf? The sin of omission can cause more harm than the sin of commission. Non-action encourages offenders to extend their predatory practices to other innocent children.

    Children are a gift from Almighty God in need of care by affectionate adults. Their hearts are tender for truth and their minds are moist and ready to be molded by men and women with moral authority. Pray over your circle of influence: children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, a classmate of your child, a foster child or an orphan. Become the answer to their prayers and protect a little one with your loving presence. Love protects.

    It [love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

    Protection is a prerequisite for being a responsible parent. It is implied in the job description of any adult with influence over little ones. You are Christ’s representative who safeguards, shields, defends, shelters, keeps and guards God’s children. Your role is to lead a child into the loving arms of Jesus and to avoid sinful stumbling. You are a child’s opportunity to see Christ in flesh and blood. So, let them see Jesus in you.

    “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

    Related Readings: 1 Samuel 1:24-28; 3:13-14; Judges 13:5-7; Acts 2:39; 1 Timothy 3:12

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Extend Kindness

    Posted on November 27, 2011 by Family Christian

    “‘Don’t be afraid,’ David said to him, ‘for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’” 2 Samuel 9:7

     

    Kindness is a “killer application” for the Christian. It is “killer” in the good sense of the word. Kindness kills fear and replaces it with hope. It kills insecurity and replaces it with security. It kills rejection and replaces it with acceptance. It kills pride and replaces it with humility. Kindness kills the bad so that the good can have room to grow. Like the effect of a powerful herbicide on unwanted weeds, kindness cuts to the root of sin and injects it with grace and love.

    Indeed, the kindness you extend to others springs from a variety of motivations. As a follower of Jesus, what compels you the most is the gargantuan kindness that He has bestowed on you. Undeserving, you were captured by the kindness of God. He captured your mind and in the process flooded it with kind thoughts toward others, even your adversaries. He captured your mouth and filled it with kind words of affirmation and encouragement, extending to those thirsting for verbal kindness. He captured your behavior and converted it to be others centered, so now you are guilty of random acts of kindness.

    Everything about you has the potential to exude kindness, because God is and has been kind to you. You can count on the kindness of God leading you and others to repentance. Kill others with kindness, and watch God bring them alive. It is the uncanny and counterintuitive nature of kindness. We have the capacity to be kind, because we have received His mercy as a “gift in kind.”

    Gratitude to God for His kindness is a sterling reason for us to extend kindness to others. However, gratitude also results from our horizontal relationships. You feel compelled to be kind to a family member or a friend, because of the kindness they extended to your child or your spouse. You can’t help it. Kindness and gratitude are first cousins. When you are grateful, you search for ways to extend kindness to people. It may be a graduation gift, your presence at a wedding, or a handwritten thank-you note. You want to support those who support you and those whom you love.

    Kindness has this powerful effect on people: It makes them care. It is the gift that keeps on giving It seems you cannot pay forward enough with kindness. No one has ever complained of receiving too much kindness. You cannot overdose anyone on kindness. On the contrary, it is healing and wholesome. Kindness is a picture of Christ. It is not only godly, it is God-like. Therefore, diffuse the rumblings of harsh words and replace them with kind ones.

    Otherwise, you may say the right words but in an unkind way and defeat your purpose of being open and honest. People cannot hear what you say if how you say it is unkind. A kind delivery of hard words has a much higher probability of acceptance. Kindness comes from a grateful and prayerful heart that is focused on Christ. You cannot help but be kind when you are captured by divine kindness. Extend the quality of kindness, which has been extended to you. For Christ’s sake, we can be kind to one another. The kindness of God invites an extended stay. This is the kind of kindness we all desire and deserve in Him.   

    Taken from Dose 76 in the 90-day devotional book, Infusion.

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  • Complaint to Christ

    Posted on November 25, 2011 by Family Christian

    “I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.” Psalm 142:2

     

    A heavy heart needs an outlet to express fears and frustrations. If this option is absent there is a loss of perspective and an extended stay in pain. It may be the weight of leadership sapping your joy and testing your trust. The death of a loved one may have sent you into a downward spiral of loneliness and loathing. Maybe you feel unappreciated and ignored to the point of painful rejection. Troubles need a trusted and safe outlet.

    It is in these moments of madness that we need a safe place to share our soul. The more we bring our complaints before Christ, the less we will complain before men. We have permission to complain to God, but not about God. He collates our complaints and files them in our folder of faith. Christ patiently hears our protests like a caring and just judge.

    “I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1).

    Your heavenly Father wants to hear your troubles, not for His enlightenment, but for your engagement with Him. You reveal troubles to God, not that He may see them, but that you may see Him. Your trust in the Lord triumphs over troubles, as you proceed in the process of prayer. Persevere in prayer and you will pronounce your troubles insignificant in comparison to intimacy with Christ.

    You will avoid the troubles that come with complaining to people, if you first complain to Christ. Don’t hold back because your complaint to Christ is your relief and recognition of Him. Christ’s care and love will move you from chronic complaining to authentic thanksgiving. Offer your complaints as a sacrifice to Christ, and He will burn away the dross of fear and anger, and replace them with His gift of peace and joy.

    “Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy” (Psalm 64:1).

    Indeed, look to the Lord as you linger in uncertain days. It is better to vent your frustrations to your heavenly Father, than for your soul to stew in bitterness. Complaints to Christ are your opportunity to come clean in your heart and to harness heaven’s hope. He listens, He loves, He understands, He consoles, He encourages and He gives grace. Pour out your heart to Him and He will fill your heart with His Holy Spirit’s comfort.

    Jesus experienced this tension, “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39, NKJV).

    What complaints do I need to bring before Christ, and trust Him instead of men?

    Related Readings: Job 7:13; 23:2; Jeremiah 12:1; Habakkuk 1:12; Mark 15:34

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Thanksgiving to God

    Posted on November 24, 2011 by Family Christian

    “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God… Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”  2 Corinthians 9:11, 15

     

    Gratitude to God is a natural overflow of generosity. For example, the gift of salvation in Christ is indescribable. He gave when we did not deserve. He still gives, even though we are undeserving. His gift of liberty is freeing; His gift of health is healing; His gift of relationship is rich; His gift of peace is calming; His gift of wisdom is confidence; His gift of the Holy Spirit is comforting; His gift of finances is security; His gift of Himself is reassuring and humbling.

    Gratitude explodes from our hearts when we are reminded of His generous gifts. They are incomparable and incomprehensible. Thanksgiving to God is a tremendous opportunity to unleash joy. This is one of the fruits of gratitude. Joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts, because He came down to earth and into our hearts. This is an occasion for a raucous but righteous celebration.

    Gratitude to God can be a moment-by-moment expression. Even in the middle of the worst of circumstances, your thanksgiving to God is appropriate and needed. Look beyond your current condition to your heavenly hope. He has prepared a place for you, and His preparations are not lacking. They are just what you need and desire. So, your thanksgiving is for what He has done in the past, His current provision, and what He has prepared for you in the future. God’s generosity is without competition.

    You can be very, very grateful for this. Let thanksgiving escape from your lips often. Use it to put out the fires of fear and worry before they spread too far. Thanks be to God, for you are made rich. Yes, in Christ you are made rich. You have everything needed for this life in Christ. As a consequence of your management of His riches, you can be ridiculously generous. This is the natural result of thanksgiving.

    Because of your deep gratitude to God, you are called and compelled to give. Gratitude invites you to generosity. You cannot experience authentic thanksgiving and not see it birth giving. It is a beautiful process: because God has given to you, you give to others. At the moment you receive the gift of God, generosity is conceived in your heart.

    This is why your heart feels pregnant with thanksgiving. It will explode without the regular birthing of generosity to others. This expression of gratitude results in action. It is tangibly and regularly giving to people for whom Christ died. The poor need food, a job, and Jesus; orphans need parents, a home, and Jesus; divorcees need acceptance, healing, and Jesus; the angry ones need gentleness and Jesus; the confused need clarity and Jesus; the bankrupt need financial wholeness and Jesus.

    Opportunities abound that invite your generous expression of gratitude. Gratitude is one of God’s prescriptions for discontentment. The two cannot comfortably coexist. Thanksgiving gives the credit for your accomplishments to God and others. Without either, you would not be in your current position of influence and success. Gratitude is generous. Gratitude is content. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.

    The Bible says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

    Taken from the November 24th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.

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  • Grateful Praise

    Posted on November 23, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

     

    ‘Praise the Lord’ is not just a celebration of gratitude to God, and reverent worship of our King, it is also a command. Jesus directs us to worship our Heavenly Father in ‘spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23-24). The pinnacle of praise found in this last Psalm is an exhortation to praise Him in His sanctuary. It is with music, instruments, dancing, spiritual songs and hymns that we praise Him.

    The church’s chorus of praise to Christ rises high above to the courts of heaven. In reverence and thanksgiving we praise Him for His mighty acts: His creation for its beauty and majesty, His redemption for its forgiveness and freedom, and His holiness for its purity and power. Praise to the Lord reveals the Lord.

    “Stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening” (1 Chronicles 23:30).

    You praise Him for His glory, but in the process you receive the benefit of His blessings. Praise solicits the blessing of His security and peace. It is in the act of adoration of His character that you are comforted by His care and compassion. Praise produces peace that flows from a prayerful and sincere heart for God.

    There is a calm confidence that comes from crying out to Christ in praise and worship. It is the battle cry for believers as they engage the enemy in everyday life. Just as the Lord instructed His children to praise Him in preparation for and during battle, so you are wise to apply the weapon of praise as you encounter the world, the flesh and the devil. Praising the Lord is your pronouncement of His sovereign security in your Savior Jesus. Praise Him while you have breath, and you will bring glory to God.

    “After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles 20:21).

    Grateful praise to God gets your heart in the right mood and your mind confident in Christ. A transaction of trust takes place when you take time to praise and thank the Lord. Make it your holy agenda to worship your Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, with a grateful heart and His work of grace will transform you into His likeness. Grateful praise brings glory to God and genuine joy to His children. Praise Him and so will other needy men.
    “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:5).

    What challenge am I encountering that invites me to aggressively praise the Lord?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 32:3; Ezra 3:10-11; Psalm 40:3; 103:1-2

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Courageous Fathers

    Posted on November 21, 2011 by Family Christian

    “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

     

    Courageous fathers fight for their families. They have the righteous resolve to do whatever it takes to protect them from the direct fire of the enemy’s arrows of discouragement. Precious children are emotionally, physically and spiritually vulnerable without their daddy’s protection. A father’s courage applied to a child’s fear is a remedy for peace and rest. Wise is the dad who does not dismiss, but cares for and comforts their little one’s worries.

    Faithful fathers are called by Christ to intercede with bold prayers for their wives and children. They receive love from their heavenly Father, so they in turn can love well in their own home. Courage from Christ causes loving fathers to spend unhurried time listening to the hurts, dreams and concerns of their children. Courage creates courage for children.

    “LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you” (2 Samuel 7:27).

    Where does your child need you to step up on their behalf? At school, because of a menacing bully? At church, because of a cruel clique? In the neighborhood, because of an immature parent? In your home, because of competing siblings? When we care, we are aware of what our child is facing and what they need from us to remain faithful to Jesus.

    It is your model of obedience to the Lord that lingers long in your lineage. Your child watches your every move and wonders how they can become just like you. So, your courage to say and do the right things greatly influences your child’s growth in integrity. Behavior as defined by the Bible brings consistency to a father’s growing character.

    “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it” (Ezra 10:4).

    As a courageous father you bring heaven’s hope to your home. It takes courage to symbolically label the entrance to your house with “Love God” and the exit with “Love People”. It takes courage to stand on behalf of your family against a secular and cynical culture and proclaim your 100% allegiance to Almighty God. Lean into the Lord’s courage and stand firm for your family. Your courage is a gift of security for your child.

    “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13).

    How can I courageously stand for my child in their current circumstance?

    Related Readings: Deuteronomy 31:6-7; Joshua 10:25; Acts 27:22-25; Philippians 1:20

    Additional Resource: eBooks- Wisdom for Fathers, Wisdom For Mothers, Wisdom for Graduates, Infusion, Seeking Daily the Heart of God and Seeking God in the Psalms… click here: http://bit.ly/jHlNX0  All titles also available from the iBook store for iPad?

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  • Book Review: One Thousand Gifts

    Posted on November 20, 2011 by Family Christian

    Ann Voskamp is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished young voices writing today.  Her book, One Thousand Gifts, is a masterpiece that deserves to be read slowly and thoughtfully.  While somewhat of a loose memoir, this book is actually a clarion call to slow down and intentionally savor life.  The book came from a time when Ann was journaling daily occurrences of gratitude in the little and big things – the ordinary things – of life. She thought she would accumulate a couple of hundred things to list, but over a time the list grew, and grew, and grew.  This wonderful book’s real lesson beyond the importance of gratitude in every circumstance is to learn to slow down, observe and savor the moments of life.  We spend so much of our day rushing to accomplish “important” things that we miss life itself.

    Ann’s message does not come from a comfortable, untroubled life. She transparently exposes the raw periods of her life which have shaped and molded her outlook.  With such credentials, Ann is qualified to advise us on how to find ways to give thanks in both the bad and the good times.  Nor is Ann cloistered in her writing room, cut off from the bustle of life.  She is a farm wife and a mother of six.  Her writing is squeezed in-between the everyday pressures of running a business and a home.  Yet she has managed to find beauty and quiet in the midst of a busy life, and time to give thanks in every circumstance.

    I believe that Ann has landed on the key to not only living well, but the key to a God-blessed life.  Complaining and ingratitude are sins.  They are attitudes that we brush off as being “little white sins,” but they are attitudes will keep us from God’s blessing and will for our lives.  In fact, the sin of complaining and ingratitude kept God’s Nation wandering in a hot and dry wilderness for forty years.  Pretty serious stuff.   It is in giving thanks for all things that we find ourselves in the center of God’s will.

    The one downfall of One Thousand Gifts is the cover.  It looks like a book specifically for women.  That is a shame as it is a message that men need to hear as much as women, if not more so.  I highly recommend One Thousand Gifts.


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