eucharisteo. falling love. everyday.

Friday, January 25

there is something so absolutely breathtaking about falling in love. 
like knock you down, 
FULL of life
abundant joy. 

the secret of falling in love is that truly it is a succession of 
thank offering moments. 

like when you get that ridiculous grin and shout incessantly to a friend that you are 
"so lucky you can't even believe it"
or whisper in his ear "i don't deserve you"
or go through the day thinking of him, and every one of those thoughts, every second of imagining life with him, or even being with him

is just swelling with thanksgiving

and this love, 
this falling, 
you feel ALIVE. 

and Ann showed me something today, in her last chapter of "A Thousand Gifts". 
and it suckered punched me raw, because it's like a truth I knew, 
but just got for the first time because i'm seeing it with

new eyes. 

this falling in love bit. 
it can happen. 
every day. 
with God. 

Ann writes,

"Giving thanks awakens me to a God giving Himself, 
the naked, 
unashamed passion, 
God giving Himself to me- for me- a surrender of love. 

"Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are...a divine choice," wrote Henri Nouwen. 

A divine choice! 
He chooses His children  to fully live!
Fully live the fullest life: the astonished gratitude, 
the awed joy,
the flying and the free. 

The discipline of giving thanks, of unwrapping one thousand gifts, unwraps God's heart bare:
I choose you. Live!  

I hear the beat of his heart, that song, crystal clear: 
"I have loved you," says the Lord
"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness". 

In a thousand ways He woos. 
In a thousand ways I fall in love. 
Isn't falling in love always the fullest life?" 

and as Ann teaches me, 
I learn. 

I learn that I could bless the very heart of God. 
to thank him. 
to spill with gratitude for all the gifts he poured out in my life. 

just like those falling in love moments where we ooze an excitement alive, 
our lives a manifesto to love. 

but blessing sweet Abba's heart with eucharisteo is a falling in love moment. 
a moment where God and I exchange love and blessings and touch each other's hearts. 
and souls. 

and it can be
every day. 

and so dear friends, as I'm done going through the book "A thousand gifts" by Ann Voskamp,
 i truly desperately hope that both you and I have learned that thanksgiving is it

it's it. 

it's the way to LIVE
fully ALIVE.

because it's love. 
it's the realization that through cherished gratitude, 
over and over,
we get to fall 
deeper and deeper
in love with God. 

and is there anyway to better live than the epic falling in love? 
i. think.not. 

happy weekend! 
love Katie 

and speaking of falling in love, my baby is home! thanks to each and everyone of you that left a sweet comment on Monday. It brought so much JOY to my heart that all of you cared so much about me reunited with my husband! THANK YOU! 


  1. Aw <3 I feel as though I've strayed so far from God in the last few months, but I'm ready to fall in love all over again ;)

  2. I am going to read A Thousand Gifts! It sounds wonderful! Have the BEST weekend! xo

  3. Since losing my dad a month ago I am struggling so to live with an attitude of gratitude.

    Enjoy your reunion and your weekend.

    God bless.

  4. Love this post!
    You're so right on in saying gratitude is the way to live :) It's been on my heart and it's so good to get confirmation over and over again.
    Thanks, dear.
    Hooray for love! It's such a blessing!

  5. beautiful. just beautiful.


  6. I LOVE this post, and I loved this chapter. what a great way to end this study. Choosing gratitude in our everyday life. It will radically change the way we live!

  7. ive been having a rough week and i so needed that. thank you! so happy for you two to be reunited!

  8. Thank you for posting this! God bless!

  9. I've not ever understood the whole falling in love thing. I guess I'll get it when I get it. ;) But Jesus and I, we are always walking close, and He never ceases to amaze me. I'm finding it's the living of thankfulness - not just saying thanks on a Thursday but letting every breath give honour - that finds me truly alive and full of joy. When my mind is completely overtaken with Him... that's when things click.
    xo Rachael

  10. This post was truly beautiful. I'm at a place in my life where God has orchestrated a relationship with a man I could really see myself falling in love with, and my heart overflows with gratitude. That book is truly remarkable, and is a convictor and encourager all at the same time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  11. i loved this part..
    "I learn that I could bless the very heart of God" --
    oh yes!! i so often forget this.. how happy our words of
    gratitude make Him. thank you for this wonderful reminder..
    and for this post. i'm going to share it with my sister.
    and re-read it a couple of times again. xoxo

  12. I have been thinking about this very same thing. We talked about it in my small group. The ridiculously big, amazing, and crazy love that God's got for me, and how I have the privilege to love Him back.
    What a sweet, sweet life.

  13. LOVE this! You are stunning, girl! Love your blog. Newest follower :)

  14. amen to all of this! love your cute bangs too :D

    1. ahhh thanks lovey! you are so keen to notice! haha

  15. Love this post! I really enjoyed Ann's book when I read it. It might almost be time for a re-read!


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