Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Surf's Up! A Must-Read Resource from the Web - A Holy Experience

My friend Maralee McKee - the Manners Mentor - shared a link to a blog today which I have to share with you all. A Holy Experience is written by Ann Voskamp; she describes her blog as follows:

"I’m Ann Voskamp, a plain Ann without even the fanciful “e”, wife to The Farmer,  mama to six, and honestly, I’m a bit of a mess. It’s okay, really. Grace is the most amazing of allI had a full-tuition scholarship to university and never finished. I married a Farmer instead & came home to gravel road & cornfields. I had babies. Half a dozen beautiful babies. My laundry basket is never empty. I lose library books. I homeschool our six exuberant kids and most days I feel just a tad bit overwhelmed and crazy. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, I wash my real dirt down with words and The Word. I write for DaySpring’s site, (in)Courage, am a contributing editor for The High Calling, with articles in ,WORLD Magazine and  Huffington Post, with guest appearances on The 700 Club, Moody Radio and 100 Huntley Street. Now and then, I stand before microphones and pray hard before I speakI scratched out words in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Child’s Geography (Knowledge Quest Press, 2007), of which all profits are donated to Compassion, and I’m an advocate for Compassion, traveling and speaking on behalf of the needy. The poor have made me rich and telling the stories of those who need a voice has changed mine. I stayed up late for too long and wrote a book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are(Zondervan). {You can read some of crazy reviews about it here.} God put it on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s list for 40 weeks and it lays me low. I weep wonder when I read how God’s changing lives through those humble pages and it’s just proof that God really does use broken, messed up, and fallible lives anyways. … and honestly?   the only words that really matter? Are the ones I live.

This convicts me. I keep writing it out here everyday, the words I am seeking to live — about this wondrously messy, everyday-holy life…. about finding the beauty and quiet, about slowing to see the sacred in the chaos, the Cross in the clothespin, the flame in the bush… Just listening – laundry, liturgy, life, — all of life, holy ground. A holy experience — because God has flaming bushes everywhere. It’d be pure grace to walk a bit, you and I  – to live the words together…"
A Holy Experience is a blog for you. One where you can turn to find encouragement and challenge for your own walk. You will find Ann's "Journal" posts will certainly encourage and challenge you - remember, we all need both encouragement and challenge!
Make time to check out A Holy Experience . . . you will be glad you did!

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