Ann Voskamp has reminded millions of readers what a blessed life looks like. While many people perceive a blessed life as one of surplus, Voskamp has reminded us that it’s quite the opposite.
It’s a life of embracing the blessings that surround us at all hours of the day. It’s a life that starts in Scripture each morning. It’s a life that shares God’s Word and God’s love with family members, friends, and neighbors. Most significantly, it’s a life founded on recognizing God’s sovereignty in all circumstances.
Developing a heart of gratitude
Bible Study Magazine recently had the opportunity to speak with Voskamp more thoroughly about her New York Times bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Voskamp shared how her daily schedule and interactions with her family are the things that have helped her develop a deeper heart of gratitude. Each morning starts and finishes with Scripture read out loud, and her home has a prayer bench in an open part of the house, thus encouraging herself and family members to have their quiet times in a public place where others can join.
“The first thing you’ve got to do every morning is get the Word into you . . . in the 18 years we’ve been married we’ve never left the table—breakfast, lunch or dinner—unless we quote from the Bible and read together.”
Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, started out as her writing out 1,000 things that she loved. However, she quickly realized that she was ultimately writing down 1,000 ways that God loves her.
“It was an awakening to embrace everything around me that I didn’t deserve or warrant at all . . . [I saw] the truth of John 3:27—that no one receives anything unless it’s given to him from heaven.”
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