fireplaces, family and Wonderstruck

by kacia on 22 Dec ’12 · 4 comments

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Last weekend we traveled to Maryland to spend time with Andy’s family.

The weather was wonderful, and we spent a lot of time outside: taking the dogs for walks, filling up with Vitamin D, and just slowing down, spending time together.

I love the small historic town that Andy grew up in–each building has a story, each home a memory. His house was built before Wisconsin became a state–it always brings out my old dreams to live out the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The smell of wood burning stoves usually fills the air in this little historic town this time of year.  I was thankful for the warmer-than-normal weather, but sad to miss that homey scent. I still was scheming our entire drive home about how we could add a fireplace to our current home…

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Hug someone you love today.  Make a choice to slow down this holiday season–I say that as someone struggling to hit the pause button, too.

psst! Still time to enter the giveaway! 

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A few months ago,  Margaret Feinberg asked if I would read a few chapters of her new book, Wonderstruck. I’ve really enjoyed and been challenged by what I’ve read, and so when she asked if I would share it with you all — I said yes.

I’ve asked Margaret to answer a few questions about her new book!

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Where did the inspiration for the Wonderstruck book and Bible study come from?

Have you ever had one of those seasons where everything goes wrong, and when you think it can’t get worse, it somehow finds a way? My husband, Leif, and I had just gone through one of the roughest years of our lives. In the aftermath, as we processed the pain and loss, I had an unexplainable desire in my heart. I began praying for the wonder of God. In essence, I said, “God reveal yourself, your whole self to me. I want to know you as Wonderful. I want to know you as I’ve never known you before and see you in places I’ve never recognized you before.” God did not disappoint.

What do you mean by “the wonder of God”?

Sometimes talking or writing about wonder feels like tying kite strings to clouds. It’s ethereal, and you can never quite get a grip on it. But if you look in the dictionary, the two main definitions of wonder are: “being filled with admiration, amazement, or awe” and “to think or speculate curiously.” Those definitions come together beautifully in our relationship with God. That’s why I define the wonder of God as those moments of spiritual awakening that create a desire to know God more. In other words, the wonder of God isn’t about an emotional experience or having some cool story to tell your friends, but the wonder of God makes us want more of God—to go deeper and further than we’ve ever been before.

Why are you calling people to #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK?

If you look in the Gospels, what you’ll discover is that those who encountered Jesus were constantly left in wild amazement. They were awestruck by the teachings of Christ, the healings of Christ, the mind-bending miracles of Christ. Within the Gospel of Luke we see words like “awe” and “wonder” and “marvel” at every turn. If this is the natural response to encountering Christ, how much more should it be for you and I—who are invited to live in relationship with Christ as sons and daughters of our God Most High? {We even created a free PDF that looks at some of these Scriptures. For a free copy, email us at wonderstruck@margaretfeinberg.com and we’ll send you one.}

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Alison December 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

That looks amazing, where you are.
Happy Holidays!

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kacia December 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

to you as well, Alison!! xoxo

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margaret December 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Wildly grateful for you, Kacia. Your little family is so precious, especially sweet Harlow. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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kacia December 27, 2012 at 1:11 pm

honored to help! xoxo!

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