~XXOO Michelle Bollom
You are brave enough for today, because He is. You are strong enough for what is coming, because He is. And you are enough for ALL that is, because He ALWAYS is! ~ Ann Voskamp
I felt the Lord telling me to READ- so I was obedient and finally picked it up again and am barely on chapter 3 tonight when God spoke to my heart so deeply showing me that in understanding the Broken Ways – in many areas of my life, one in particular with a relationship that ended last year that was painful, that I now know both our paths to abundance and abundant life were meant to be without each other.
I was actually able to thank them and God for the years of memories. I felt every ounce of residual hurt just melt away in an instant and no longer felt any sadness or unforgiveness at all.
I can truly see the beauty in the breaking now and know God had a much bigger purpose for the pain.
Talk about a full healing moment!
As Ann states in the book-
“Wounds are what break open the soul to plant the seeds of a deeper growth. Maybe the deepest wounds birth deepest wisdom.
Brokenness can make abundance.”
I can’t wait to see what else this book will open up.
If you loved 1000 Gifts – You will love The Broken Way.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
A few years ago I picked up this book, – well really let me back track a little here. My very close and dear friend Debbie Bouckley; A fellow blogger and the creative director of Restored Ministries, told me about this book and even picked me up a copy of it. So I picked up the book and started reading.
It changed me.
It is right up there for me with Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life and William P. Young’s The Shack, as one of my most favorite and life altering books.
I follow Ann Voskamp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I read her blog almost daily. I have tweeted and retweeted and also got a favorite or retweet from Ann on occasion.
I really love to share her stuff.
I also one day envision me and Debbie getting invited to her Farm to discuss some God stuff with her!
Her words can leave me speechless in a good way. I always think one is my favorite and then she keeps delivering more and more profound words that hit my soul deep. I praise God for her and her amazing gift of words.
The book 1000 Gifts inspired me several years ago to buy myself, my husband and our twins a journal and have us all start counting Gifts.
We still do it today.
Our Gifts are our list of things we are Thankful for. It has altered our family in a wonderful way.
I was trying to decide on a #FeatureFriday this week and Ann Voskamp kept coming to mind, so
I know God wanted me to share her with you all.
If you have not heard of her or her books I encourage you to look her up on all social media and be sure to sign up for your own A Holy Experience here:
And Ann Voskamp, if you happen to see this-
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I am free to come for a visit anytime and if you are back in Houston, TX sometime; my farm table is open to you too!
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
This time of year Facebook gets filled with people doing the Thankful Challenge. Each day for November people will post something they are Thankful for.
I have never done this challenge myself because I have made this practice a lifestyle change for me the last several years.
(oh how I wish my diet and exercise were as consistent!)
I read the book “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp a few years back. I also saw a quote or post about what if we were only given today what we were Thankful for yesterday. I was out with my kiddos on a walk ( I recall this moment so vividly in my memories) I asked my twins to name 10 things they were Thankful for. It seemed so easy but instead it was hard. We could name a few but getting to 10 proved more challenging. At first we thought they had to be really big things but then we started listing … Thank You God for nice weather, and for time together, and for our health, and for this walk, and for good shoes, and sunshine, and birds…. We kept listing on and on things big and small we were Thankful for. So that year for Christmas I bought us all spiral notebooks and new pens. We started listing our Daily 10 Thankful’s into our journals. When we are away from home we do it in the car or wherever we are. We go around listing our Thankful’s. I am not quite sure how or when it happened but our family atmosphere shifted. Our hearts began to expand and we could recognize all the wonderful things big and small that we are so blessed with each day. I have filled almost 4 journals now. I keep listing them each day. I challenge you to get yourself, your children, your friends and love ones, a journal. Start your own practice of Thankfulness. It will enlarge your heart and transform your life. ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom
Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; ~ Ephesians 5:20 WBT
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! ~ Psalm 118:1 AMP
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.~ Colossians 3:15 NLT