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Women's 5-week Bible Study - One Thousand Gifts
Every week on Thursday until Dec 3, 2020 from 7:00p to 8:30p
Organizer: Colette Graston

In One Thousand Gifts, author and blogger Ann Voskamp invites you into her own moments of grace, gently teaching you how to biblically lament loss, turning pain into poetry and intentionally embracing a lifestyle of radical gratitude.
Discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to everyday amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of experiencing the constant presence of God that will bring you deep and lasting joy. There is purity in simplicity and a breathtaking beauty that can be found even in life's slightest details and heartbreaking moments. Ann Voskamp welcomes you in to explore her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing, and encourages you to live a life filled with gratitude, no matter where you are.

This is not a book merely to read, One Thousand Gifts begs to be embraced as a dynamic, interactive primer inviting you to engage with truths that will serve up the depths of God's joy and transform your life forever.

If you read the (in)courage blog online, then you'll be sure to enjoy this this book and Bible study.
In this five-session, video-based study, Ann encourages you to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God's gifts - to really look at life and find the good in it. This study guide includes video notes, discussion questions and Bible study, between-session activities, and journaling space that will all help you explore the topics discussed in the One Thousand Gifts DVD.
 
In everything, give thanks. 

How do those four word strike you? As naïve? Infuriating? Impossible? Offensive?   

For Ann Voskamp, the notion of being able to give thanks was lost between her gnawing anger and deep resentment toward God for his unfair dealings in her life and the lives of others. Having suffered from agoraphobia and anxiety for much of her life, she despaired of finding a joy of her own. 
Then, a friend dared her to write a list of a thousand blessings. Over the months that followed, she made some profound discoveries: 

  • How it's possible to give thanks even for the things that might crush you 
  • How thanksgiving always precedes the miracle 
  • How to slow down and life fully in the moment 
  • How things that feel like trouble might actually be gifts of grace 
  • How to break the bondage of fear by embracing everyday blessings 
  • How trust is the bridge over tumultuous waters that leads to joy 
  • How to turn your blessing into being a blessing to others  

In this study, Ann encourages us to take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God's gifts—to discover a way of seeing that opens our eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings deep and lasting joy. It’s only in this expression of gratitude for the life we already have, that we discover the life we've always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and use to serve others. In it, we come to feel and know the impossible right down to our core: We are wildly loved by God. 
Sessions include: 

  1. Attitude of Gratitude 
  2. Grace in the Moment  
  3. All Is Grace  
  4. Trust: The Bridge to Joy  
  5. Empty to Fill  

Recommended Reading As you reflect on what you have learned in this session, you may want to read the opening section of the book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.
 
First Lesson Free! PDF Study Guide

The estimated cost of this book & study guide set is $15 or less. 

R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, October 20 so we can order your books.

Location:
Fellowship Hall
6646 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707-1306

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