there is something so absolutely breathtaking about falling in love.
like knock you down,
FULL of life
the secret of falling in love is that truly it is a succession of
thank offering moments.
like when you get that ridiculous grin and shout incessantly to a friend that you are
“so lucky you can’t even believe it”
or whisper in his ear “i don’t deserve you”
or go through the day thinking of him, and every one of those thoughts, every second of imagining life with him, or even being with him
is just swelling with thanksgiving.
and this love,
you feel ALIVE.
and Ann showed me something today, in her last chapter of “A Thousand Gifts”.
and it suckered punched me raw, because it’s like a truth I knew,
but just got for the first time because i’m seeing it with
this falling in love bit.
it can happen.
“Giving thanks awakens me to a God giving Himself,
God giving Himself to me- for me– a surrender of love.
“Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are…a divine choice,” wrote Henri Nouwen.
A divine choice!
He chooses His children to fully live!
Fully live the fullest life: the astonished gratitude,
the awed joy,
the flying and the free.
The discipline of giving thanks, of unwrapping one thousand gifts, unwraps God’s heart bare:
I choose you. Live!
I hear the beat of his heart, that song, crystal clear:
“I have loved you,” says the Lord
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness”.
In a thousand ways He woos.
In a thousand ways I fall in love.
Isn’t falling in love always the fullest life?”
and as Ann teaches me,
I learn that I could bless the very heart of God.
to thank him.
to spill with gratitude for all the gifts he poured out in my life.
just like those falling in love moments where we ooze an excitement alive,
our lives a manifesto to love.
but blessing sweet Abba’s heart with eucharisteo is a falling in love moment.
a moment where God and I exchange love and blessings and touch each other’s hearts.
and it can be
and so dear friends, as I’m done going through the book “A thousand gifts” by Ann Voskamp,
i truly desperately hope that both you and I have learned that thanksgiving is it.
it’s the way to LIVE
because it’s love.
it’s the realization that through cherished gratitude,
over and over,
we get to fall
deeper and deeper
in love with God.
and is there anyway to better live than the epic falling in love?
and speaking of falling in love, my baby is home! thanks to each and everyone of you that left a sweet comment on Monday. It brought so much JOY to my heart that all of you cared so much about me reunited with my husband! THANK YOU!