Sometimes there are things I want to give thanks for that don't fit into the prompts given in the Joy Dare.
Not just sometimes, most times.
God, He just doesn't fit in a list very well.
Thank You God for-
-a bike ride with the Hubs
- a super encouraging text from a friend when I/we needed it
-an extra, much needed, day off for the Hubs this week and an impromptu get away to the beach
-company for dinner
-setting the table with my newest dishes
-cooking special treats
-being a shoulder for someone to cry on
-me on week seven of my running program and the Hubs deciding to try it also, he's on week two
-coffee with a friend
-a friend to talk about the Bible with
-She Reads Truth -You Version phone app., Instagram, Twitter, all being used to share God's Word
-an AMAZING morning at church, God taking my burdens
-lunch with friends
-a hot cup of decaf while I blog
Now onto the actual Joy Dare prompts…
I’ve taken the Joy Dare.
I’m counting one thousand thanks in one year.
I hunt for thanksgiving using the prompts Ann gives us each month.
If you are interested in joining in, click the link above or at the bottom of this post.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal…
3 gifts hanging down-
-fog woven through the trees and low lying hills of the coast
-the cedar tree branches outside my office window
-my hydrangeas heavy with blooms
3 gifts learned-
-you can't outgive God
-pray more, preach, nag, correct less
-eating right and exercising feels better than overindulging (I should say I'm still learning this.)
3 gifts musical-
-my husband's voice as he sings and plays the keyboard
-Don Potter worship playing in the car on the way home from the beach
-singing with my grandbabies, my favorite
3 gifts baked-
-homemade french bread
-baked chicken and homemade croutons for caesar salad
a gift in light-
-sunlight falling across the wood floor
a gift in dark-
-the Hubs and I both falling asleep while watching an old Doris Day movie
a gift in shadow-
-making shadow puppets with my granddaughter, trying to show her she doesn't have to be afraid of shadows
3 gifts of story-
-His Story, the Bible
-my story of His grace
-seeing the story of grace continue in my children and grandchildren
3 gifts understated-
-how the most incredible believers I've ever met have been severely persecuted for the gospel but you'd never know it
-how my oldest daughter isn't flamboyant or super outgoing, but her faith is deep and strong and true
-Ann Voskamp, how her book is changing lives all over the world, yet she remains so humble and sweet