28 quotes found by Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp
I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.
nature  life  good  # 414638
Ann Voskamp
Really good writing, from my perspective, runs a lot like a visual on the screen. You need to create that kind of detail and have credibility with the reader, so the reader knows that you were really there, that you really experienced it, that you know the details. That comes out of seeing.
good  Create  Knows  # 414639
Ann Voskamp
Comparison is a thug that robs your joy. But it's even more than that - Comparison makes you a thug who beats down somebody - or your soul.
soul  Somebody  joy  # 414640
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By default, most of us have taken the dare to simply survive. Exist. Get through. For the most part, we live numb to life - we've grown weary and apathetic and jaded... and wounded.
life  Simply  Taken  # 414641
Ann Voskamp
Giving thanks is that: making the canyon of pain into a megaphone to proclaim the ultimate goodness of God when Satan and all the world would sneer at us to recant.
god  pain  Giving  # 414642
Ann Voskamp
In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ.
happiness  Moment  control  # 414643
Ann Voskamp
When grief is deepest, words are fewest.
words  grief  Deepest  # 414644
Ann Voskamp
The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.
thankful  change  good  # 414645
Ann Voskamp
A simplified Christmas isn't about circumstances as much as it is about focus.
christmas  Focus  Simplified  # 414646
Ann Voskamp
Gratitude's not a natural posture. The prince of darkness is ultimately a spoiled ingrate, and I've spent most of my life as kin to the fist-shaker.
life  gratitude  Natural  # 414647
Ann Voskamp
Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else's, and you've just picked up a stick and beaten up your own soul.
life  Against  soul  # 414648
Ann Voskamp
I think the fall in Eden was ultimately a failure to give thanks.
failure  fall  Thanks  # 414649
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When we can't bottle our tears up anymore, God catches every one in His bottle. God's catching every falling tear because He won't let us fall apart.
god  fall  Anymore  # 414650
Ann Voskamp
Romance isn't measured by how viral your proposal goes. The Internet age may try to sell you something different, but don't ever forget that viral is closely associated with sickness - so don't ever make being viral your goal.
age  Forget  Goal  # 414651
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Measuring sticks try to rank some people as big and some people as small - but we aren't sizes. We are souls. There are no better people or worse people - there are only God-made souls.
Small  Worse  souls  # 414652
Ann Voskamp
Get this, kids - how a man proposes isn't what makes him romantic. It's how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.
life  romantic  Lay  # 414653