Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 18, 2019

Abundantly Blessed

“But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13 (NAS)

Challenged by a friend during a season of doubt, Ann Voskamp began keeping a list of God’s goodness. That list ultimately turned into her first book “One Thousand Gifts” – a New York Times bestseller. A dare to live fully right where you are – transforming the disappoint-ments of life into positives.

I found this book when disillusionment was circling my life. Discouraged over a season of loss, the title of the book grabbed my attention. Not only was it a good read, it challenged me to focus my heart, eyes, and mind on the goodness of God.

Wonder if that friend hadn’t challenged Ann if she would have ever written this book? The very thing that was hard to hear out of her friend’s mouth is the very thing that God is using to deepen thousands of people’s gratitude.

Enjoying the benefits of friendship is awesome – love that girl time. But sometimes God calls us to a deeper walk with our friends – the place where we know we need to risk everything for the sake of saying the truth in love. Have you ever been there? I know my life has been enriched by others who encouraged, inspired and yes at times said tough things. God encircled my single parenting years with godly women who challenged me on several levels. Embracing their feedback, I often rethought decisions and refocused my priorities. Their divine intervention resulted in a dare to live fully right where I was.

Wonder what would have happened if they hadn’t take that risk? Wonder what will happen if we don’t take that risk? Abundantly blessed by authentic women who are passionate about God and impacting others – it’s on God’s bestseller list – a must read to change our world.

“Sweet Jesus, You created us for community – to do life with others – engage deep and influence richly. Praising You for those friends You divinely brought into my life.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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