Joy Dare: December 12th- 18th (One Thousand Gifts)

Gifts

Hello Friends and welcome to another week of sharing the many gifts and blessings, big and small, that God has given to us!. I know that November tends to be a month that we focus more on gratitude but may I challenge you to join me through the end of the year to really focus on all the things we have to be grateful for!

Day 12 – 3 gifts at noon

  1. lunch
  2. A much needed break
  3. the kids being independent

Day 13 – 3 Gifts behind a door

  1. my craft room
  2. fabric stash
  3. my bead

Day 14 – 3 Gifts silent

  1. nights
  2. early mornings
  3. my craft room

Day 15- 3 Gifts Golden

  1. the sunshine
  2. glitter for Christmas presents
  3. jewelry findings

Day 16- 3 Gifts Hard Eucharisteo

  1. Letting Go
  2. moving forward (taking next steps_
  3. Holding on for dear life

Day 17- 3 gifts of laughter

  1. 4 kids
  2. pets
  3. hubby

Day 18- A gift made, shared, passed on 

  1. Made- Our girl making a gift for her brother
  2. Shared- funny moments and memories
  3. passed on- wisdom

How about you? What are you most grateful for this week? Please share in the comments below! How has God blessed you this last week? The last month? the last year?

I’m so glad you came by to say Hello and join in on the Joy Dare this week and I’m praying You all have a fabulous week full of gratitude and Joy!

And how about You what have you found joy in this week?

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To Check out The Joy Dare and One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp click here.

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Joy Dare-November 5th-11th

November

Happy week 2 of November everyone. Our November is so crazy busy right now- full of so many exciting things! And we are counting our blessings. Big and little! I hope you all have a week full of joy!

Day 5 – 3 gifts acorn small

  1. Faith- like a mustard seed
  2. Tadpoles- remembered from a spring time adventure with friends
  3. flakes of herbs and spices

Day 6 – 3 Gifts government

  1. Freedoms- a gift not a right
  2. Voting
  3. Nationals parks monuments and museums set aside for us to enjoy and learn about our history and to be able to enjoy God’s creation

Day 7 – 3 Gifts from your window

  1. Fall colors
  2. A beautiful view
  3. sunrises and sunsets

Day 8 – A gift sweet, salty, sipped

  1. Sweet-Pumpkin cheesecake snickerdoodles (Yummy)
  2. Salty- Kettle Chips with bacon and horseradish dip
  3. Sipped Gingerbread coffee

Day 9- 3 Gifts Harvest

  1. CSA boxes from a local farm
  2. All the pumpkin-y things
  3. All the Apple-y things

Day 10- 3 gifts found in Bible readig

  1. Hope – John 3:16
  2. Peace- Philippians 4:6
  3. Rest- Matthew 11:28

Day 11- 3 Gifts of remembrance

  1. Veterans- Past, present and future
  2. memories of our kids and all of their antics
  3. Childhood memories of cousins and grandparents

I’m so glad you came by to say Hello and join in on the Joy Dare this week and I’m praying You all have a fabulous week full of gratitude and Joy!

And how about You what have you found joy in this week?

For more Joy Dare posts click here and for more Choosing Courage Posts click here.

To Check out The Joy Dare and One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp click here.

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Hello November- Joy Dare

Hello

Hello Friends. Hello NOVEMBER!! Can you believe we are already to NOVEMBER. Well know I can’t. I am so glad to be back again. I know that I pretty much missed all of October but we are back with November and I look forward to sharing what we are thankful for again this month,

So Let’s jump into this weeks Joy Dare

Day 29- 3 Gifts on time

  1. God His timing is always perfect
  2. soccer practice
  3. The end of soccer season

Day 30- 3 gifts overjoyed

  1. A Place
  2. A Purpose
  3. A calling

Day 31- 3 Gifts Hallowed

  1. The body of Christ
  2. Time in God’s word
  3. worship

Day 1- 3 Gifts Eaten

  1. FOOD-HA_ Candy- Chocolate specifically
  2. Peirogies, soft Pretzels, Ravioli
  3. Whatever I wanted with gluten in it for a month

Day 2- 3 gifts warm

  1. Sweatshirts
  2. fuzzy Pajama pants
  3. fuzzy socks

Day 3- 3 Gifts that start with “N”

  1. Nature
  2. Nachos
  3. New Beginnings

Day –  A gift gathered, given, and good

  1. gathered- Friends for a game night
  2. given-a Fun t-shirt to hubby
  3. Good- a day at home together

I’m so glad you came by to say Hello and join in on the Joy Dare this week and I’m praying You all have a fabulous week full of gratitude and Joy!

And how about You what have you found joy in this week?

For more Joy Dare posts click here and for more Choosing Courage Posts click here.

To Check out The Joy Dare and One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp click here.

Simple Gifts-My 2021 Joy Dare

Gifts

Hello October! As we enter into fall I want to encourage you to really focus on the simple gifts that really do lay all around us! We just need to choose to see them!

Day 1- 3 Gifts orange

  1. pumpkins
  2. flowers
  3. sunsets

Day 2- 3 gifts falling

  1. leaves
  2. blessings encouragement
  3. temps (This is not my favorite thing but I see it as a gift because certain things can now be accomplished)

Day 3- A Gift caught, Let Go, and Midway

  1. Caught- A glimpse of the sun (its been very gray lately)
  2. Let Go- A frog the boys caught under the camper (I LOVE FROGS) and then we let it go in the frog pond
  3. Midway-I’m in the middle of a bunch of books and enjoying them.

Day 4- 3 Gifts Reaped

  1. Pouring into people- watching them grow leaps and bounds (Time and love were sown)
  2. Friendships reborn after a difficult season )Patience was sown)
  3. A Blogging habit (Perseverance was sown)

Day 5- 3 gifts returned

  1. Purpose- it was lost for a while
  2. Fall- as much as I love spring and summer I enjoy fall too
  3. Our owl- he only visits for a short time every fall

Day 6- 3 Gifts redeemed

  1. A bunch of glass IBC rooter bottles Oh do we have plans for those. Can’t wait to show you!
  2. Time- Used differently for a cool purpose
  3. My heart/life- Thank you Jesus!

Day 7-  A gift baked, stirred and eaten

  1. Baked- brownies
  2. StirredSoup
  3. Eaten- food provided by God.

I’m so glad you came by for the Joy Dare this week and I’m praying You all have a fabulous week full of gratitude and Joy!

And how about You what have you found joy in this week?

For more Joy Dare posts click here and for more Choosing Courage Posts click here.

To Check out The Joy Dare and One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp click here.

Hard- 2021 Joy Dare

Hard

Happy Thursday Everyone! It seems as though each week there is one hard day in this challenge where I am left sitting thinking about that one gratefulness prompt for that day. This week I think everyday was hard- or maybe almost every day. I’m not really sure why it was like this, but sometimes even if it is difficult we need to still choose gratitude.

Day 24- 3 Gifts funny

  1. The kids- their antics and laughter fill our house with joy!
  2. Hubby- He always keeps me on my toes
  3. Animal videos and our animals too

Day 25- 3 gifts finished

For the record this is probably the hardest one for the week- We are in a season of new beginnings- We are “just starting” many new things

  1. It is Finished- the final words of Jesus – The atonement for my sins made complete
  2. Journals and sketchbooks
  3. Summer- as much as I hate seeing it go it is time to move forward

Day 26- 3 gifts Flourishing

  1. The petunia outside- We were given this gift as we left our church in the spring. That poor plant has been so much! We hung it on our hanging basket hook outside. It has been blown off twice- the pot is cracked ( for what its worth we have hung other things up there and they have never blown off). It has been overwatered- not by us but it had been caught in NUMEROUS torrential downpours. The leaves are almost non-existent. And a week ago I thought the plant was finished flowering for the season and was ready to dispose of it. The day I went out to do so I noticed a bud ready to bloom…upon closer investigation there were 4 buds and so I let the poor plant go. By the end of the week that poor sickly plant had 9 flowers open. So despite all of its circumstances it was still blooming!
  2. my heart as I seek to grow in my relationship with Jesus
  3. friendships

Day 27- a Gift unexpected, Uneven and Unpopular

  1. Unexpected- a Gift of thanks (a sincere one)
  2. Uneven- Playing field. watching the kids play soccer watching them overcome
  3. Unpopular- being different

Day 28- 3 gifts Shy

  1. a little boy stepping outside of his comfort zone making new friends
  2. Shy friends who show they care
  3. A little dog who hides behind my legs when new people comets visit

Day 29- 3 Gifts Shelved

  1. Books
  2. We have had to “Shelve” some normal life routines as we are in a new but temporary season of life.
  3. Homeschool Curriculum

Day 30-  3 gifts Shining

  1. The Sun – we have had much more sun over the last week!
  2. Stars- I love stars!
  3. Testimonies- like little bright lights pointing the way to Jesus in a dark World

And that my friends wraps up the month of September for Our Joy Dare posts.

I’m so glad you came by for the Joy Dare this week and I’m praying You all have a fabulous week full of gratitude and Joy!

And how about You what have you found joy in this week?

For more Joy Dare posts click here and for more Choosing Courage Posts click here.

To Check out The Joy Dare and One Thousand Gifts  by Ann Voskamp click here.