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Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the...

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  1. Reading and re-reading this section: ” . . . the storm is grace because whatever drives us to God, is a grace from God. It’s all grace.”
    I have felt and known the truth of this, but these words to wrap around the experience are this morning’s gift.
    Blessings to you, Ann.

  2. Ann,
    So many lines stand out, but this one does especially to me: “When you know your Father’s loving—what can you fear losing?” There have been many trials I’ve had and things/people I’ve lost: Losing a father, my job, a marriage, a best friend to a heart attack, my pups. I’ve lost time to waiting for a diagnosis, going through treatment, rehabbing from surgeries, days in bed with a mental illness. Loss, indeed. But so true that the storms give grace. In the crucible of pain, that’s where God and His love met me. That’s where Jesus held me like the helpless lost lamb and cradled me close to his beating heart. That’s where I learned that when you “Know your Father’s loving – what can you fear losing?” His mercies over and over again give me confidence that He will handle, through me, whatever the future brings. Awesomely beautiful post, Ann. Dancing in the rain with you 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. In Courage,

    Loved this: “the storm is grace because whatever drives us to God, is a grace from God.” That statement is profound & true. The storms/trials of my life have driven me closer to God. My dad’s severe dementia & subsequent hospitalization was a huge storm & yet through that gale matured my faith in God. He allowed me to witness a miracle. In the months since that time i celebrated by enjoying my dad & doing things with him. We went on bus rides-activities done at the Assisted Living. I had a big testimony.

    God’s hand of provision has always been around. I’ve never really been in want or need. Thanksgiving week my F-I-L started peeing blood. He was in & out of hospital 3-4. He was becoming weak. Finally his doctor diagnosed stage III bladder cancer. Most thought a death sentence. He had surgery in April. My faith told everyone God can heal him. Praise God he made it through surgery & in May celebrated his 90th birthday. He is now mowing his yard, & doing most of things he did before. His wife is elderly also. In those months I was able to obtain homemade baked spaghetti casseroles & other food to take over. God allowed me to supply them with food so no one had to cook.

    I praise God daily for His provisions. Now my elderly neighbor has lost her youngest & last son to cancer. I got food together for her & her granddaughter. Granddaughter is leaving town for a while to get married. I plan on getting more food for her this weekend. Wanting her to have microwave meals. God never ceases to amaze me. He constantly provides what we need when we need it!

    Blessings 🙂

  4. Dear Ann,
    I grew up on a farm including corn and beans as our main livelihood. So identifying with this and the sentiments go deep into my heart, I understand!
    Praise GOD from Whom All Blessings Flow!!! And praise GOD I still have a tract of land from my parents that I get to supervise, which is a thrill to my heart, so I still get in on the storms and the sowing and reaping. Our LORD often used farming as analogies for spiritual living. This was just great and brought tears to my eyes. Many very severe and turbulent storms for my grandchildren, and I pray the LORD will bring good from these storms, which seems impossible from my perspective. But nothing is impossible with HIM and HE is able…
    Thank you so much, Ann!

  5. “When you know your Father’s loving-what can you fear losing?”
    God’s been faithful through every storm and trial, yet, I find myself scared and worried. This was the reminder my heart needed today… My Father is loving and caring, and the hard times are only here only for His grace to taste seeeter

  6. This is so spot on today. I am going thru a storm right now, waiting on a pathology report to be available. Whatever the result I will be grateful.
    I heard God whisper this morning “Who Shall I Send”. Thank you for reminding me this morning that God is with me always.

    • Ann Voscamp is beloved by many, including myself. If you do not care for her, you dont have to read, but please dont discourage those of us who are blessed and touched by her words. This creates dissention and gossip. Different people speak to us all differently…that’s what makes us unique. If something Ann says draws me to the Savior in a profound way or causes me to dive deeper into scripture, who am I to criticize? I love her words, her books, her blog and her beautiful self…and so does the Father.

    • Jalisa,
      I live where some in their culture believe that kindness is weak, does that make it true? Please remember that while some have their heart in the right place some may not, I honestly believe that Ann does.
      Have a blessed day,
      Penny

    • Jalisa,
      Ann Voskamp was one of the original (in)courage contributors and has been a longtime friend of this community. We are honored to host her words here.

      I am thankful that every person who has received Christ as their Savior has also received the gift of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to discern truth and live out of the overflow of God’s grace. While everyone in God’s family will not see eye to eye on every issue, there is so much we can agree on — namely, loving God and loving others; (in)courage is a place where we seek to do just that, so that all of God’s daughters “may be encouraged in heart and united in love.” (Colossians 2:2) You are welcome here.

      In Him,
      Becky Keife
      (in)courage Community Manager

    • It is certainly important to do as the Bereans were commended for: check the Scriptures to see if what is being taught is truth. Appreciate your concerns and reminder that we must do this, especially at these end times when the Bible tells us there will be much false teaching.

  7. Ann and in(courage),
    After weathering many a storm this speaks to me exactly,”Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth.” So grateful for God’s grace that’s been received, otherwise it wouldn’t of been possible. So thankful for this and Ann, thank-you for sharing your beautifully strung together words.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  8. Blessed by these beautiful words today…
    God has blessed my young adult son with an awesome unexpected opportunity for a paid internship. Thank you to all who have prayed such elequent prayers for us. The email and conversations surrounding the offer oozed God’s blessing and favor. He works during the storms and those works can only be seen after the clouds part.

  9. Awesome, dear Ann! So thankful for you and this very encouraging word. And like the others, I LOVE, LOVE the quote: “When you know your Father’s loving—what can you fear losing?” Thank you and many blessings on you and yours!

  10. I subscribed to the free (in)courage Devotional Bible Sampler and I can’t find it. Please help!

  11. Ann,
    I think I remember reading this when you originally wrote it years ago and it moved me then and it moves me now, God’s beautiful grace in the storm, so amazing! I could feel the gratitude swelling in your heart as the story unfolds, and the awe of God’s work takes our breath away, doesn’t it?

  12. This seems pretty scary, I just wrote a comment about truth and being like the Bereans. I saw it posted immediately and now it is gone! We can have no honest questions or differences voiced here or even a challenge? SCARY! Hope it was a mistake….

  13. I can’t get enough of your writing. I think I’m on the 3rd time through both books. I hope there’s another one coming. Your word pictures & language usuage are beautiful-and tie in with lesson upon lesson and thought upon thought – like a thought stream…the way a beautiful moment leads to chaos in the next & the transition struggle there. It’s all so real and so relatable. I am so blessed daily by the ideas & the heart surrender, the beauty, humility & raw. Your outpouring is such a gift. Much love, a goofy raw mama of 3 boys