Sunday, July 22, 2012

Thanks that didn't make the list...


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

-clam chowder


-company for dinner

-setting the table with my newest dishes



-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 nap

-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

Gratefully yours,



  1. So much to give thanks for - not enough time to write it all down!

  2. I love this ... so powerful in many ways. Thank you it helped me to start my monday morning in a good way.

  3. So enjoyed reading your list! Your new dishes are beautiful. :)

  4. I especially loved your idea of the shadow puppets for your granddaughter! Thank you for so faithfully sharing your blog with us.

    I pray that you will have a blessed week.

  5. Enjoyed your list of gratefulness and the photos to let us see some of them with you. We were together at Ann's today, side by side. Lovely blog!

  6. that cobbler looks amazing! i love blackberry cobbler so much i haven't ventured out into other types but now i might have to...

    great list of gifts. nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my blog.

    my recent post: simply thankful today


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