Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year




I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book, The Greatest Gift...
    Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas.

It’s intended to be read during Advent.
Each chapter is is dated December 1 -25.
Although it’s January and Christmas has come and gone, 
and I’m only 1/2 way through the book, I’m going to keep reading.

She has such a way with words.
A true gift.
I want to carry a few profound thoughts with me into this year.

    What was intended to tear you apart, God intends it to set you apart.
    What has torn you, God makes a think place to see glory.
    Whatever happens, whatever unfolds, whatever unravels, you can never be undone.
    No matter what intends to harm you ...
    God is never absent,
    never impotent,
    never distant.
    You can never be undone.

    In a place of faithlessness and doubtfulness and godlessness, God gives God.  The God who can reveal Himself wherever, whenever, to whomever; the God who is never limited by lack or restricted to the expected; the God who is no respecter of persons but the relentless rescuer of prodigals; the God who gives the gift of faith in the places you’d most doubt.  That is always the secret to the abundant life: to believe that God is where you doubt He can be.

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