“And though I don’t know how today’s story will end, I remember:
faith thanks God in the middle of the story.”
Ann Voskamp from The Broken Way
It’s no surprise to me God laid this book in my hands in this particular season. Ann’s last book, 1000 Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are, came into my life much the same way. God timing. Perfect timing, as I began a new season living with chronic illness.
The Broken Way comes to me as I embark on my fourth year in this new life. As I am daily discovering the beauty in my own unique brokenness and all it encompasses, The Broken Way is breath to my soul.
Indian summer shone all its glory on the last day of October. Windows open, I soaked in the warmth, the sounds, scents of Autumn turned warm. I sat at my desk gazing out the window, chin on hand, asked myself the question, “Where do I go from here?”
I spent Monday savoring coffee, contemplating direction, and eating breakfast cookies.
I lingered with Ann’s words.
“What if the deeper you know your own brokenness, the deeper you can experience your own belovedness?”
A hard question to answer on the back side of so much sifting. The answers are there, it’s the sorting that needs tending.
I closed my laptop last Thursday, closed the door on this years Write 31 Days, closed the pages on Journey to Action.
My sweet man and I went out in the sunshine and fresh air. Spent time together. Celebrated his birthday, his new lease on life following open heart surgery.
I felt a bit adrift, as if I was missing something, the next thing beyond thirty~one days.
Somehow, I knew there was more. More to say. More work to do. Words I want to share beyond the confines of a blog, or a series. More I feel called to do. It’s easy to shroud myself in illness and use it as an excuse. I often do.
The Broken Way has pushed and prodded me in ways which will help me grow. Grow out and not in. It begs the question, “What am I going to do with the rest of my days?” “How will I spend them, pour out onto others?”
I was prompted to call my Sweet Man, read him an excerpt, share with him the message I thought God was clearly giving us. What will we do with the gift of his healing and extra days added to his life? His answer, “I knew this was going to come up.”
What this will look like, that’s not clear yet. I’m sure I will keep you posted. ~smile~
I can tell you this, we are all broken vessels, dragging brokenness along beside us. The Broken Way will take you deeper, show you ways to embrace your own brokenness. More ways to give more, love bigger!
Yes, I am a bibliophile, a collector of words, collector of stories, and a collector of books. But, I can tell you The Broken Way will remain a part of my own personal journey of brokenness. One I will revisit often.
Today, I am giving away a copy of The Broken Way for your own journey of brokenness. To be eligible comment below! I will announce the winner Monday, November 7th. Follow me on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out the winner!
“There’s brokenness that makes a canvas for God’s light. There’s brokenness that makes windows straight into souls. Brokenness happens in a soul so the power of God can happen in a soul.” Ann Voskamp from The Broken Way
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