Refresh with “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp

When women lay down the threat of insecurity, give up the need for competition, and stop letting self-doubt be what it is–a weapon–truth will arise and friendships will emerge. Fears are feudal… and self-defeating. We weren’t made to be in opposition, rather, for community. Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” Genesis 2:18.DSCN6314

So God created man in His own image: He created him in the image of God: He created them male and female. Genesis 1:27. We who are made in God’s image weren’t created to strike blows, inflict wounds, and spew blood from ones soul, rather, we are to mirror God’s image–reveal all His glory to a world filled with darkness, a world that desperately needs the light of the Lord.

Women can champion one another, breath life not death into another’s soul, and be friends to women who are in need of a friendship–women who are so lonely their very souls ache with the need, who are desperate for love and acceptance.

Women’s hearts bloom in the presence of friends–friends are like a bouquet of flowers, each uniquely different, all beautiful. When the waves of life wash over and threaten to pull us under friends are the beacon that light our way to solid ground.DSCN6338DSCN6303DSCN6334

Friends encourage when our hearts are heavy and life appears dark–always cheering–spurring us on as we climb out of the shadows of despair. They bringing us hope for a better day to come.DSCN6302DSCN6311

Friends help us to discern the paths for which the Lord would have us walk. They keep us in their prayers–praying not only for us but our families as well. Friends pray when our need is as great as the wound, and yet, we can’t seam to find the words.DSCN6324DSCN6319DSCN6317

Friends remind us to laugh, not to take ourselves too serious, and to have fun–smile. They love us on our bad days and on our good days.

Friends do life with us.
DSCN6327When women come together in a circle of friendship souls are refreshed and spirits are renewed. Hearts that are blooded and broken–mend. Growth occurs and souls return to flight. The walls of division come down and they learn how much more similar they are than different–that all women fight the same battles, the same anxieties, and the same doubts.DSCN6340DSCN6330DSCN6348DSCN6349DSCN6339DSCN6303

A few weeks ago that’s what a group of twenty plus women did at my church. We titled it Refresh with “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. We shared testimonies, counted gifts, and fellowshiped–did community just as God intended.

Blessings, Kasey

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Refresh with “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp

  1. Hi Kasey,

    What a great idea to join together as women to count gifts, to live in community, and to encourage each other. Those decorations were lovely. I especially liked the flowers in jars with lemon water. Colorful.

    Blessings to you,
    Jennifer Dougan
    http://www.jenniferdougan.com

    P.s. Hopping over from Ann’s link up. Nice to meet you. 🙂

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    • Jennifer, Nice to meet you as well. We used Ann’s Bible Study DVD (5 lessons about 20-25 minutes each). It was a fantastic day. Got the idea for the flowers from pinterest–I enjoy decorating. Blessings, Kasey

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    • Pamela, So glad you enjoyed the photo’s. I got the idea for the flowers from pinterest. I had a lot of fun decorating the church–I love themes. Ann truly is refreshing and has a way of encouraging us all. Blessings and grace, Kasey

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  2. Kasey your community of sharing sounded fun! I loved your decorating ideas…very refreshing. What a fun time of uplifting encouragement. I am going to do this with some friends. Many blessing on your day!

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    • Cathy, I got the idea for the flowers on pinterest–I enjoy decorating. We watched the 1000 gift’s Bible study (5 lessons about 20-25 minutes each) able to watch all 5 lessons. We also make bracelet’s for Mercy House. It was a great day. Have a wonderful time with your gathering. Blessings and grace, Kasey

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    • Glad you enjoyed photos–I had a great time decorating. I wasn’t able to hook up last week because I was returning home from a mother/daughter retreat with my oldest daughter (13) from Canada to US. Hope to hook up next week. Blessings, Kasey

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