The hunt for gratefulness

I’ve been reading through Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are.

Ann Voskamp experienced great tragedy that scarred her for most of her life. Later in life, as an adult with 6 children, a friend challenged her to write a list of 1,000 things she was grateful for; 1,000 things that had been gifted to her. Her book is the result of that challenge, the story of how her pursuit of gratefulness changed her life completely.

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Establishing healthy rhythms

All of life is a rhythm. Seasons come and go; the sun rises every morning and sets every evening; children are born, grow old, and die.

Like the grand scheme of life, our individuals lives also have rhythms. We wake up every morning, go to bed every night. In between we’ll go to work, or study, or perhaps ferry kids around.  It’s easy to get lost in the repetitive monotony of our day-to-day lives, to be drowning so thoroughly in our duties that we never have the energy to look beyond them.

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Ntiusha Chumanya: Keeping the dream when reality hits

This month’s story of significance comes from Ntiusha (pronounced in-tee-yu-sha) Chumanya, a high-schooler in Zambia, Africa. He tells us about his love of drawing, his parents, life lessons, and how he altered his course to find a new path to his dreams. Read on for his full story!


My name is Ntiusha Chumanya, and I live in Zambia, Africa.

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Resetting gratitude

There are a few things that this time of year always makes me think of.

The flowers remind me of South Korea and the beautiful cherry blossoms that blanketed my city in the spring.

The fresh strawberries make me nostalgic for the day trips we used to make to self-pick strawberries in my elementary and middle school days.

And the coming of Easter always makes me think with anticipation of my family’s traditional celebration of Passover.

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