I first heard about Ann Voskamp and her blog the week after our youngest son, Caleb, died in 2010. A good friend had found the blog and shared it with me, in hopes it would help me in my grief.
Oh my, how it helped! Ann Voskamp has such a way with words. And in her beautiful vulnerability she shares from the heart and convinces you she really understands. I visited her blog often to find comfort there.
One of the things I have loved about Ann’s blog is her photography. She taught me how to look for the beautiful, right where I am. And during those dark days of grief, it was a healing balm for me to be on the lookout each day for beauty wherever I could find it.
Many of the pictures here on Hope Dwellers are taken by me, all because Ann gave me a love for seeing and capturing beauty everywhere. I continue to enjoy shifting the frame to see what new view I can find.
I had the opportunity several years ago to hear Ann in person at a small retreat not far from my home. Her humility was even more apparent in person, and her beautiful eloquence, vulnerable courage, and faith-filled message brought hope and confidence to all of us there.
While at the retreat, I had the chance to talk to Ann one on one. She was authentic, compassionate, and inspiring. I felt like I had found a friend.
As a blogger, Ann is a role model for all of us as faith writers. She knows how to identify with her readers and their struggles, and she willingly shares her own wrestlings in the midst of daily life.
She speaks truth and is not afraid to say hard things when they need to be said. Yet she also always gives credit and honor to the Lord and points her readers to him. She uses her words to shine a light for all to see how good God is and how worthy He is of all our praise and gratitude.
From Ann’s blog, I have learned to shift my perspective when needed, to understand more of grace, to stand up and be brave, and to always counts the gifts. Ann Voskamp is a gift and so is her blog. I highly recommend it – AnnVoskamp.com
Thank you, Ann! I agree – all is grace.