Hang on till the end of this post for info about a One Thousand Gifts 3 book giveaway…
“The remedy is in the retina.” Ann Voskamp-One Thousand Gifts.
That is my favorite take-away from the book…it’s the sentence that has played over and over, no kidding, a hundred times a day. That’s probably because my go-to way of looking at things has never been seeing that “all is grace”. Heck, I can feel overwhelmed and negative about going to the beach for a week…I am, by nature a debbie-downer. I said last week in my review of the book that I felt I’d discovered a cure. And I truly believe that.
And the cure is in how I see… everything.
A couple of weeks ago I was reading One Thousand Gift in my morning quiet time and a person kept coming to my mind. I fought to dismiss the intrusion and kept reading. But after at least 15 minutes of my focus being pulled away from the page I stopped and prayed…please clear my mind Lord…I have a knot in my gut. I’d rather not think about this person.
I focused on my gut. Yes, without a doubt there was a tightness, a knot. The more I thought about the person the tighter the knot. So real was this feeling that I could picture the huge knot in the pit of me. How had I missed this? And now that I was aware it it, how in heaven and earth could I get rid of it?
Are you trying to tell me something Father?
Like a bright flash in a dark room, the quote went off in my mind…”The remedy is in the retina.”
I knew what I had to do, pulling out my journal I started to write, in detail, all the things about this person for which I was truly thankful.
The cords of hurt and anger tied tight in my gut began to loosen. With every “I’m thankful for” that I listed, grace like a rushing river washed through me. What I thought might be a short list turned long and came easy. By the time I finished I could see the knot undone and the cords dissolving into effervescent bubbles of joy shooting to the surface of my soul.
I know that sounds dramatic…but no kidding…it felt dramatic.
I asked God if there was anyone else. There was. Two more times I made a gratitude list. One, to be honest, was difficult. Sometimes people blow through our lives and leave havoc and life changing pain. But even then, I was able to list several things I’m thankful for that came directly from that pain.
I believe with all my heart, that the remedy is in the retina…and that I’m learning to see that all is grace...
I wonder… if you’re reading One Thousand Gifts, what stands out to you? What’s your take-away so far?
Love to you my friends~
~I’d like to send all of you who need one, a copy of the book. I can’t do that but leave me a comment and I’ll send a book to 3 of you…I really want you to read this sweet ones…if you already have the book, leave a comment anyway…if you win one you can pass it along~
***I’ll do the ‘random.org’ thing on Sunday evening by 6:00 & post the winners on Monday’s post!***