The only way to live a truly remarkable life is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of His love everywhere you go." -Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way
Her books are deep, challenging, and thought provoking and her words reach deep into my soul. I have to take them in slowly, almost methodically. This is another book I will read twice, just like I did "1000 Gifts," pencil in hand, mulling over and chewing each paragraph.
What does it mean to love sacrificially? To live broken and given and filled to overflowing?
I can't help but recall my days as a young mother... broke wide open in the birthing, releasing nourishment in the dark of night, and giving time, energy, and pieces of my heart every day, all day, for years upon years. They still take a piece of my heart each and every day. I would and have laid my life down for them. Once upon a time I couldn't imagine being able to love a second child the same as the first, but when the second child arrived and broke off another little piece of my heart, I found my love had not diminished. It had, rather, grown and continued to increase with each precious child. That's just how love is.
"Real love is in the really small gestures- the way your hands, your feet, move to speak your heart." -Ann
Photo credit goes to my good friend Michelle Milliman (That's my daughter and first grandson in the picture.)