I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty bummed that today’s Bloom (incourage) video on One Thousand Gifts is our last one for this book…
It has been a blast to spend time with many of you during the course of reading this book, and we so hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Ann’s words are so heartfelt, lyrical, and profound.
This book is certain to be filed in the same folder as Christian classics and we are honored to have been a part of it right from the beginning. Last I checked, it was still hanging out in the top 10 on the New York Times Bestseller list. We take this to mean that Jesus is using her gifts to carry His great name to many others, and we praise Him for it.
As we close this chapter of Bloom (pun completely intended:)), on behalf of all of us who have been behind the scenes on this one, we want to say thank you to Ann for sharing her amazing thoughts in book form. Remember, friends…this is the wife of a pig farmer; a homeschooling mom to six. I am filled with such enormous pride to see the name of a fellow sister in Christ alongside those other huge NYT authors. This book is her offering to the Lord, and I for one am so grateful she chose to humble herself to His will in writing it. The fruit of her obedience is that lives are genuinely being changed, and hearts are bowing in gratitude to Jesus.
I have the privilege of knowing her in real life, and I can tell you with confidence that she doesn’t want anything more than to know that she is honoring God… So yes, we close the book…but not the lessons in gratitude and real joy that will long continue to shape our walk…thank you, Ann with no “e.” We love you tenderly, dearly, and enough to shake an elevator.
We hope that if you didn’t participate in this particular study, that you will pop over there today and explore Bloom a bit.
You will find an extension of this rich community, lots of videos and so much more. Just because we are ending a book’s discussion today, this is not the end.
P.S. We can’t wait to tell you more about what’s next for Bloom! Stay tuned…:)
Angie is the proud wife of Todd Smith of Selah, and the blessed mommy to Abby, Ellie, Kate, Charlotte, and Audrey Caroline, who passed away the day she was born, April 7th, 2008. Angie was inspired...