Discovering: A Holy Experience
As you know, occasionally I will share a website or a blog that I have found to be particularly beneficial, and this is one of those special places I believe you will love too. Ann Voskamp has one of the most beautiful blogs you’ll ever come across. She has a remarkable way with words and her pictures are captivating.
She lives life in a way many of us in the UK have never come across, so don’t necessarily expect to recognise the shape of her days, but do expect to recognise the heart of a woman who has a passion for Jesus.
Ann writes on various different subjects, from the small and less obvious, to the larger and more clearly impacting.
One day she writes of her response to a son who isn’t acting as he has been asked to, this is a powerful confession which many mothers will only too readily recognise. The impact of regretted words can be long lasting, but so can the heartfelt apology to that deeply loved son.*
Her tender willingness to see things to be thankful for in the tiniest of happenings is less easy to see in many of us for sure. I want to grow in this, I think if you hear her speak through her words and pictures, you will too.
Ann has provided creative and imaginative tools to help in encouraging her readers towards a mindful, fruitful, way of life. There are many different things to browse and use.
There is nothing like slow deep pondering of scripture for helping you to see things in the text that you haven’t noticed before. This can sometimes take seemingly insignificant parts of a chapter and press them down into your soul so they start to change the way you respond to God.
It is one of the best ways to make your heart receptive to God.
This can be surprising, but really it shouldn’t be, after all, Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Romans 12:2.
We are surrounded by all sorts of rubbish day in day out, and whether we recognise it or not this shapes our thinking profoundly, so to soak our minds in what God has said, and is saying to us, is a powerful antidote.
Ann has written a book called ‘One Thousand Gifts‘, this alone could help transform how you deal with life and its challenges. Intrigued? You should be. Spend some time wandering around her site, see whether it captivates you too.
Let me know how you get on.
*If you want to read the story of Ann and her son then it is the entry posted on June 10th 2013. If ever you have shuddered at your own words to a child or been hurt by a parent’s words to you, then hearing her heart will do you good.