God-Gifts: Here, there and everywhere: One Thousand Gifts

One-Thousand-Gifts-book-coverOne Thousand Gifts: a dare to live fully right where you are by Ann Voskamp

“I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die, the moments before I sleep.”

At Christmastime, many people become consumed with gifts. The typical process begins with the creation of a list, whether mental or physical, of people we want (or are obligated) to give gifts to, along with perhaps gift ideas for those individuals. Then we strategize about when and where we will obtain said gifts and how much we intend to spend. Those of us who aren’t the shopper-types will probably take the easy way and do our shopping online and/or buy gift cards. There are always those one or more people on our list whom we either don’t spend much time around to know what they would like or need, or whom we can’t decide what to get because we assess he or she “already has everything they need.” Along with considering who we will give gifts to, while we may not admit it out loud, we look forward to whatever gifts we think we may receive when the time comes for exchanges. Continue reading “God-Gifts: Here, there and everywhere: One Thousand Gifts”

Learning Contentment in a Material World: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

“Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, it seemed this would be an appropriate book to highlight. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (1648) was very profitable and helpful to me in this day of materialism, covetousness, and greed. Even though I have a very comfortable life, I still find myself complaining and worrying – whether outwardly or in my heart – about trivial matters, and this book really helped put everything into proper perspective.

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