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.
new opportunities to watch what God has planned. 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 43:19
additional time to grow trust. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. Psalm 56:3-4a
fresh starts. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his love for those who fear him;as far as the east is from the west,so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12
this truth: "I'd seen our orphans suffer without complaint as they endured fevers, cuts, hunger, death of family members, and many other things. I wondered if that was why Jesus said we must become like children if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. They accept whatever is offered them and learn from it." Passport through Darkness: A True Story of Danger and Second Chances, Kimberly L. Smith
Watching Downton Abbey makes an evening of scrapbooking even more fun :)
the gift of quiet and rest, a blessing necessary for rhythm, God's design for life.
the beautiful poetic writing of Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts. Spent the afternoon discussing chapters 5 and 6 with a group of wonderfully insightful women.
the unexpected, upside down economy of God: "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are
like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as
crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
after much back and forth trying to come up with a mutually agreeable date, a wonderful dinner with a long-time friend.
hope found in persistent prayer. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and
the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who
seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
the faith promise that God knows the way, even when the path ahead looks perilous. "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along
unfamiliar paths ... I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I
will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16
the happiness and appreciation in his voice as I called to invite our family to celebrate their first American Independence Day with us.
the freedom of choices. I was reminded of this tonight as I passed by a Burger King advertising a Bacon Sundae. All our choices are definitely not good ones, but they are many.
This in my morning devotions: But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12
These words of encouragement from a fellow church secretary: I also remember the parable of the prodigal son. The son had to get to a
pig sty before he recognized his need to repent. So the deeper he gets
in trouble the closer he is to coming to the end of himself. So I may be
weird, but the worse my children get, the closer I know they are to
coming back to Jesus! So it is a time of rejoicing!
this quote: When we step out boldly and confidently, enthusiasm usually shows up, too. And when enthusiasm is at the party, fear doesn't have room to dance. From One Thing That Will Help You Shine Today by Kristen Strong.