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Pick Up a Pen
Volume 114, Program 4
11/15/2012
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The writer G. K. Chesterton once said, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Today on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Farris, author Ann Voskamp shares how she gives thanks for the wonder found in God’s grace.

Mike Farris:
Ann Voskamp, who is the author of One Thousand Gifts and just a delightful person to talk to, joins us today. Ann, you now have a devotional book to help those who want to see God’s grace all around them. Will you please share how you recognize God’s gifts to you?

Ann Voskamp:
Oh, three things, Mike, and it’s really simple. Number one, pick up a pen. John Piper says, “I know not how the light is shed, / Nor understand this lens. / I only know that there are eyes / In pencils and in pens.” Can you pick up a pen and begin to see all God’s gifts—the laugh of a child, the light in the trees, hot apple cider after dinner? Number two, pick up a pen! Martin Luther said that Satan hates the use of pens. Satan doesn’t want you to pick up a pen and begin to see all the everyday common graces of a good and sovereign God. Number three, yes, pick up a pen! These days with our children are pure gifts from the loving hand of our Father. We write down the grace of these moments as a record, as a testimony, of all the ways God has provided and blessed. This is the way we leave a legacy—1,000 gifts written out as a testimony to the unending, unfailing goodness of God. So, it’s just simple: pick up a pen, and begin to declare His goodnesses right where we are.

Mike:
Ann, that is wonderful and encouraging. I’m Mike Farris.


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