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Heather is a follower of Jesus Christ, devoted wife of over 21 years to her high school sweetheart, and homeschooling mother of their two teenage boys.
She can be found blogging about faith, food, and frugality at www.myoverflowingcup.com
This post is part of my 31 Days of Books That Inspire, click here to read more from the series.
Remember when you first fell in love with your spouse? They could do no wrong. You know as well as I do that that isn’t the case. The truth is that we chose not to see it when they did.
Conversely, when there is someone we don’t particularly like, isn’t it true that all that we will see in them is the negative?
When we seek to see the good in people, we will. When we seek to see the less than desirable, that is exactly what we’ll find.
I’ve had the pleasure of reading Ann Voskamp’s book 1,000 Gifts a few times, as well as participating in the accompanying Bible study, and reading her devotion.
One of the reasons I love her book so much is found in the beauty of her writing. So much of what she says, I desire to capture so that I can revisit it later. Her words are simply beautiful to me and full of truth.
Take this quote for example:
“If there are wolves in the woods – expect to see wolves; and if there is God in this place – expect to see God.”
If you know me at all, you know that God’s Word is my true north. Immediately after reading this quote, this verse came to mind:
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. ~Jeremiah 29:13
I also thought of Jesus when He said, “seek and you will find.” (Matthew 7:7)
Scripture, of course, reminds us to:
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. ~Isaiah 55:6
Reading Ann’s book taught me to seek God’s gifts. She taught me that if I search for them, I will find them. Not just one or two or ten, but 1,000 and more.
She made me realize that when I chose to look at my circumstances for too long, I saw the hardship, the struggle, the lack.
Only when I choose to let my eyes gaze upon His goodness do I see it everywhere.
She made me realize that I needed to lift my eyes off of my circumstances and place them on His good gifts that surround me in ways too numerous to count.
The end result is more than a notebook filled with gifts written in ink, but eyes and hearts lifted to see good. To see Him. To see gifts everywhere. 1,000 of them and more.
We know God is love. (1 John 4:8) Let’s expect to see love.
We know He gives good gifts. (James 1:17) Let’s not miss them.
We know God is in this place. (Matthew 1:23) Let’s seek Him.
“And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You. ~Psalm 9:10 (emphasis mine)
All Scripture verses come from the New King James Version.
What do you think? How do you seek God in your life?