Joy is a function of how you thank - Ann Voskamp -

When Thursday gets caught in your teeth like a piece of spinach, the crazy thing is you could dare to laugh — it gets things unstuck.

You know how it goes — Laugh or die. A joyful heart is good medicine, not just a good platitude.

You could — you could dare not to take yourself so seriously; dare to take yourself as Beloved.

Dare to not to give yourself a lecture, but dare to give yourself grace. His Grace is always the most amazing of all.

And you could dare not to honk if you’re happy, but honk to be happy, dare to realize joy isn’t a function of what happens, but of what you think. Joy is a function of how you thank.

So go ahead — Dare to be brilliantjust seek the light in everything. Dare to believe joy is revolutionary: it goes straight against the way this dark world spinsLight is always a radical thing in a dark world.

Dare to Give Big because this is how you Live Big. Dare to believe that it’s only your own sacrifices that show up at your funeral.

Dare not to quit when you’re tired, but dare to quit when you’re done.


So just do it, because this is you how you get things done — dare to regularly stop the work of your hands and give God your knees because you believe God can do more than you. Dare to believe God doesn’t want your perfectionism — He wants our praise.

Dare to be grateful for every good thing. And dare to know it’s all good. That’s what God does: God works everything for good.

Dare to never make pain invisible but dare to say injustice is intolerable. This takes courage. This takes Christ.

Dare to give up clarity — because God gives a call. Dare to give up life road maps — because God gives a relationship.

Dare to live without answers — because God gives His hand.

Dare to live by faith — not by feelings, formulas, facts, or fences.

Nothing is impossible with God.



Q4U: How is life feeling a bit messy for you right now? Are you finding it hard to give thanks? Receive Grace? Give Grace? So what do you think — how can you dare to be grateful, right where you are?


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