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Sacred Ordinary - I finally found a way to explain what it means to me: "It is forged in the daily and tempered in the ordinary. It is a slow and steady and deliberate gathering of the years. It is a combination of keen attentiveness—to God, to self, to others, to life—and holy indifference—to trifles, to insults, to useless distractions. It is planned, not in some goose-stepping mechanical way, but in the sense that it builds on a resolve to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you, and to take every though captive and make it obedient to Christ."
- Stephen A. Macchia

2016 I have chosen to live in light of ETERNITY. "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39 KJV I want my little life that I have been given to be a testimony for the blood that was shed for me on Calvary's cross.


This year and for the years to come, it is about surrendering to God and giving my family and those I meet along the way, JESUS! I am going to let my light shine. LIFE is SHORT! We do not know when we will die. Each day we need to make the most of the time that we have, for it may be our last. AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST, all of us should live each moment in light of eternity.


The decisions we make in this life determine where and how we will spend the next. We should, therefore, make certain that the right decisions are made.


The final states are fixed, there is no second chance. Finally, we should have heaven constantly on our mind so as to have an impact in this world. (Especially our family)


I want to leave an Eternal Legacy. Living in light of Eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important. It is not about the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we want to travel or even the church we attend. IT IS ALL ABOUT SOULS and if they KNOW JESUS PERSONALLY.


Lord, remind us just how brief our time here on earth will be. Our days are numbered, our life is fleeting. Each of us is just a vapor, a breath. Are we living in light of ETERNITY? Are we ready to meet our maker?

Living in Light of Eternity
Christina

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Eucharisteo

This page is dedicated to a book that has literally had the most profound impression on my daily meanderings, from the way I view creation and all its wonders, to my  relationship with my children and those around me.  

One Thousand Gifts & The Greatest Gift  will forever remain gifts unwrapped within my heart.  The joy that I have experienced through Ann's words...  I just can't explain, all I can do is give them as gifts and hope that joy will rise up in the heart.   Every thing that Ann Voskamp has written is of such humility and reverent beauty.

I pray that this page will be a blessing and that you will pick this book up. It is not a book that you want to rust through. You will want to find a quiet place somewhere that will allow you to meditate on her words.  And allow your Heavenly Father to speak to you.

Enjoy...




Eucharisteo—it comes right out of the Gospel of Luke: “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them…” (Luke 22:19 NIV). In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads eucharisteo.”
The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy.

Deep chara joy is found only at the table of the euCHARisteo; the table of thanksgiving. The holy grail of joy, God set it in the very center of Christianity. The Eucharist is one of the central symbols of Christianity. Glynn, doesn’t the continual repetition of beginning our week at the table of the Eucharist clearly place the whole of our lives into the context of thanksgiving?

One of Christ’s very last directives He offers to His disciples is to take the bread, the wine, and to remember. Do this in remembrance of Me. Remember and give thanks.
This is the crux of Christianity: to remember and give thanks, eucharisteo.

Why? Why is remembering and giving thanks the core of the Christ-faith? Because remembering with thanks is what causes us to trust; to really believe. Re-membering, giving thanks, is what makes us a member again of the body of Christ. Re-membering, giving thanks is what puts us back together again in this hurried, broken, fragmented world.
 
- Ann Voskamp 
 
 
 
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 Welcome! I like you already!
Yeah…wondrous, amazing you, just looking around for Deep Peace and True Beauty.  You hunting for a corner of joy and grace and God…and stillness.

Nice to meet you!

I’m Ann Voskamp, a plain Ann without even the fanciful “e”, wife to The Farmer, mama to six, determined laundress, chief bottle washer, desperate Grace-clinger.

Honestly, I’m a bit of a mess.  It’s okay, really.  Grace is the most amazing of all.  I had a full-tuition scholarship to university and never finished.  I married a Farmer instead and came home to gravel road and cornfields.  I had babies.  Half a dozen beautiful babies.  My laundry basket is never empty.  I lose library books.  I homeschool our six exuberant kids and most days I feel just a tad bit overwhelmed and very crazy.  When the kids and the washing machine sleep, I wash my real dirt down with words and The Word.

I scratch out words in an award-winning serious for curious kids, A Child’s Geography (Knowledge Quest Press, 2007), of which all profits are donated to Compassion.  I write for DaySpring’s site, (in)Courage, and am a contributing editor for The High Calling. I’m an advocate for Compassion International, traveling and speaking on behalf of the needy.  The poor have made me rich and telling the stories of those who need a voice has changed mine.

I wrote a book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan).  You can read some of the crazy reviews about it right here.

But the only words that really matter?  Are the ones I live.  This convicts me.
I write everyday on my blog, www.aholyexperience.com about this wondrously messy, everyday-holy life.  It’d be pure grace to walk a bit together.