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What It Is To Be A Writer

On my bus commute to work this morning, I am finally reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

One word that describes and encompasses this book is beauty.

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When we think of the word beauty, we think physical attributes. Such as eyes, smiles, faces, bodies, fashion, make-up, etc…  And yes, God has created beauty in this way.

However, there is a beauty which goes beyond the physical and into the heart, mind, spirit, soul, and character.

In saying this, I had the pleasure of hearing Ann Voskamp speak last year at the Allume conference. I had heard the buzz about her and her popular book, but never really paid attention.

That is, until I heard her speak that fateful night.

Ann Voskamp defines beauty on so many levels. She is stunning physically, but what stood out for me most, was what came out of her mouth. Her sweet spirit, poetic words and godly virtue spoke the loudest to me.

Ann Voskamp and her memoir, One Thousand Gifts oozes beauty. It’s like watching a sun rise and standing in awe at God’s creation. So is the experience reading her writing.

I live in New York City. Many tourists visit from all over the world and invade this city. You can see them looking up and snapping photos at our towering buildings.

While my soul yearns for patches of green grass, trees and blooming flowers.

No tall building will ever compare to the majesty of God’s creation. Nothing comes close to what true beauty really is. 

Beauty which goes beyond the physical and reaches deep down within the recesses of our longing hearts.

God created us to yearn for His beauty.

Beauty cannot emanate from our lips if it hasn’t captured our hearts.

I wrote this while meditating on Ann Voskamp’s poetic words. Her writing is rich and meaningful. 

The beauty in which she conveys her life, is truly a gift from above. A blessing to all who read it. 

This is what God does when we choose to live for Him.

He changes our battered hearts and sin stained lives and tranforms us. He takes the ashes and makes it into something beautiful. He takes pleasure in doing so, because He is the giver of life and good gifts too.  

If I were to write a book one day, I would only write it, if I could write as beautiful as Ann Voskamp does. She writes with a true sense of beauty, because her heart encompasses it.

Beauty emanates from heart on to the page for all to be blessed and enriched by.

This is the true gift and calling of what it is to be a writer. 

The greatest giver of gifts, our Heavenly Father has breathed life and beauty into the soul, spirit and heart of Ann Voskamp to bless us all with her writing.

If you haven’t read her book, you must. It will change your life.


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