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.
seemingly insurmountable problems, not too great for my God who will go any length to bring me to himself. I will go before youand will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, 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
the soft and comfy cushions of the couch. Great for napping and lounging, for whiling away a rainy Sunday evening.
a pair of pants, finally mended and checked off my TO DO list
light at the end of the tunnel. News received today that my church has called a new teaching pastor and he accepted.
light in the eyes of our refugee family whenever I stop by to visit.
light God shines on my path so that I need not fear what is ahead. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; 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
simple math: the rate of joy return is always greater than time and energy expended.
it's what I was made for, a spiritual gift given to enrich not only the lives of those I serve, but my own as well as the church body.
it pleases my Lord. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7
this encouragement in my devotions:But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1
the hole in my heart after learning of a major issue with a friend's son, one who I love and have prayed for many years. The gift the knowledge that my God is a miracle worker.He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 9:10
a whole evening of laughter and fellowship with a wonderful group of Christian women.