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The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp
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“Worry is belief gone wrong. Because you don't believe that God will get it right.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“The family tree of Christ startlingly notes not one woman but four. Four broken women —women who felt like outsiders, like has-beens, like never-beens. Women who were weary of being taken advantage of, of being unnoticed and uncherished and unappreciated; women who didn’t fit in, who didn’t know how to keep going, what to believe, where to go —women who had thought about giving up. And Jesus claims exactly these who are wandering and wondering and wounded and worn out as His. He grafts you into His line and His story and His heart, and He gives you His name, His lineage, His righteousness. He graces you with plain grace. Is there a greater Gift you could want or need or have? Christ comes right to your Christmas tree and looks at your family tree and says, “I am your God, and I am one of you, and I’ll be the Gift, and I’ll take you. Take Me?”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Three persons of the Trinity – Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit – gathered close together to imagine you. And God in three persons, uncontainable affection, knelt down and kissed warm life into you with the breath of his love.

You are made of dust of this earth and you are made of the happiness of heaven, and you are flesh and you are spirit, and you are of two worlds longing for the home of forever and him.

No matter your story before, this is your beginning now: you were formed by Love…for love.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“So God throws open the door of this world—and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you. What religion ever had a god that wanted such intimacy with us that He came with such vulnerability to us? What God ever came so tender we could touch Him? So fragile that we could break Him? So vulnerable that His bare, beating heart could be hurt? Only the One who loves you to death.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“God doesn't want to number your failures or count your accomplishments as much as He wants you to have an encounter with Him.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Worry is belief gone wrong. Because you don’t believe that God will get it right. Peace is belief that exhales. Because you believe that God’s provision is everywhere —like air.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“You only begin to change your life when you begin to change the way you see.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“You will b experienced as a blessing--to the extent you have fist experienced yourself as blessed. You must feel the fullness of your own pitcher before you trust the pouring out of yourself.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“But in all His relationships, God reaches for man. Reaches for you who have fallen and scraped your heart raw, for you who feel the shame of words that have snaked off your tongue and poisoned corners of your life, for you who keep trying to cover up pain with perfectionism.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“God gives God. That is the gift God always ultimately gives. Because nothing is greater and we have no greater need, God gives God. God gives God, and we only need to slow long enough to unwrap the greatest Gift with our time: time in His Word, time in His presence, time at His feet.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“He who carved the edges of the cosmos curved Himself into a fetal ball in the dark, tethered Himself to the uterine wall of a virgin, and lets His cells divide, light splitting all white. He gave up the heavens that were not even large enough to contain Him and lets Himself be held in a hand. The mystery so large becomes the Baby so small, and infinite God becomes infant.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“I am more sinful and flawed than I ever dared believe, more loved and welcomed than I ever dared hope. ELYSE M. FITZPATRICK”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Joy is a function of gratitude, and gratitude is a function of perspective. You only begin to change your life when you begin to change the way you see.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“While other creeds endeavor to get us out of the world and into heaven, in Christianity, heaven comes down and Christ comes into this world to get us. To suffer with us. We find favor —only because Christ feels pain.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Christ comes right to your Christmas tree and looks at your family tree and says, “I am your God, and I am one of you, and I’ll be the Gift, and I’ll take you. Take Me?”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“To get where you want to go, the first question you always have to answer is Where am I? ... We only find out where we are when we find out where He is. We only find ourselves... when we find Him.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Every religion, every program, every self-help book is about steps you have to take. Jesus is the only One who becomes the step—to take you.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“He did not abandon you in the ultimate storm of your soul. He will not abandon you in the immediate storm of your now.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“In this day, this season, miracles will grow within, unfurl, bear fruit. And the heart that makes time and space for Him to come will be a glorious place. A place of sheer, radiant defiance in the face of a world careening mad and stressed. Because each day of Advent, we will actively wait. We will wait knowing that the remaking of everything has already begun.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“But the Lord draws near to Samuel: “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. . . . “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. . . . “Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. . . . “Honor your father and your mother. . . . “You shall not murder. “You shall not commit adultery. “You shall not steal. “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. “You shall not covet. . . .” These are the commandments the LORD proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me. . . . [The Lord said,] “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” DEUTERONOMY 5:1, 5-22, 29 (NIV) Love comes”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“So slow down to feel the wind. Listen to the carols just a little bit longer. Linger in the quiet and taste the grace of now, and know that He is good and He is God. Name them in this moment—gift upon gift upon gift—and listen for the echo in everything: I will bless you.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“The family tree of Christ startlingly notes not one woman but four. Four broken women—women who felt like outsiders, like has-beens, like never-beens. Women who were weary of being taken advantage of, of being unnoticed and uncherished and unappreciated; women who didn’t fit in, who didn’t know how to keep going, what to believe, where to go—women who had thought”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“It is no use for you to attempt to sow out of an empty basket, for that would be sowing nothing but wind,” wrote Spurgeon.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“You can have this as the best Christmas ever as much as you gaze into your Father’s face and receive His gift.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“The greatest gift we can give our great God is to let His love make us glad.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“Great faith is the greatest equalizer, the greatest eraser, and the greatest definer.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“the work of the very heart of Christmas: simply rest. Here is holy. The wonder of all this—God looks at you at your lowest and loves you all the way up to the sky.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
“The holy dark over the manger gives way to the heinous dark over the Messiah and the slamming hammer and the tearing vein and the piercing thorn—the created murdering the Creator. The Cross stands as the epitome of evil. And God takes the greatest evil ever known to humanity and turns it into the greatest Gift you have ever known. “If the worst things work for good to a believer, what shall the best things?” writes Puritan Thomas Watson. “Nothing hurts the godly . . . all things . . . shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings.”[11] If God can transfigure the greatest evil into the greatest Gift, then He intends to turn whatever you’re experiencing now into a gift. You cannot be undone. Somewhere, Advent can storm and howl. And the world robed for Christmas can spin on. You, there on the edge, whispering it, defiant through the torn places: “All is grace.”
Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas

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