one thousand gifts: ch 9Posted: May 2, 2011
“Let go of trying to do, let go of trying to control… let go of my own way, let go of my own fears. Let God blow His wind, His trials, oxygen for joy’s fire. Leave the hand open and be. Be at peace. Bend the knee and be small and let God give what God chooses to give because He only gives love and whisper surprised thanks. This is the fuel for joy’s flame. Fullness of joy is discovered only in the emptying of will…I hadn’t known that joy meant dying. But dying to self demands that I might gratefully and humbly receive the better, the only things that a good God gives.” -Ann Voskamp
This is just a teaser for the beach blog coming soon…
This was taken on day 1. We DO get more tan. Ava DOES abandon her beach tears. Kurt and I DO realize that our hair looks surprisingly similar in this picture and strive to not have the same hairdo again. Our hairdos DO NOT get better. We DO figure out that in this picture Elle is happy. We also learn that there is NOT a system for interpreting whether she is on the verge of a blissful squeal or growling cry in any given moment.