My journey to joy via gratitude. Looking for both ordinary and extraordinary gifts every day.
This blog is my response to The Joy Dare by Ann Voskamp, author of the book "One Thousand Gifts". Every day (hopefully) I will be recording three things that bring me joy, three gifts from God, three things that I am grateful for.
[I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)!Hebrews 13:5 AMP
This is what the Lord says--“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:16a, 18-19
I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
A challenge to be genuinely gracious: "grace is a dangerous thing and too often those who speak the most about grace are the most graceless of all." (Ann Voskamp, "Why You Really May Need to be Done with Safe: Being a Dangerous Disciple of the Unsafe God", www.aholyexperience.com)
A reminder of God's sufficiency: "We each came to a moment of brokenness, and what we found there was God. And He was enough. We are all the same." (Joe Kissack, The Fourth Fisherman)
A dare to trust that God is big enough: I will go before you and level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:2-3 "I wonder what might happen if we dared to ask for the impossible just a little more often." (Lysa Terkeurst, "Asking God for the Impossible", www.proverbs31.org)
a bicycle donated to our refugee mom. An antique 5-speed with fenders, yet to her it is beautiful freedom, something she would have never even dreamed of owning.
an avocado. Ugly on the outside, beautifully yummy on the inside.
me, oftentimes. Just the opposite of the avocado: beauty on the outside, not so much on the inside. The ugliness of sin, of trying again and failing again. Thankfully Jesus is in the beauty makeover business! And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5
encouragement that God is not only the creator, but re-builder of families
gratitude for unity in my marriage
pleasure from the right functioning of the body of Christ. From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16