Monday, January 23, 2012

Week 3 January's Joy dare

Continually counting blessings takes the focus off the not so pleasant aspects of life ....
So I continue to count....

I am grateful for:

Day 17
(one gift that made you laugh, one gift that made you pray, one gift that made you quiet)
49) my sweet and precious nephew exploring the sunflowers in my garden this morning had me in stitches of laughter...

(as he got hold of it, he let go, only to try and grab it again to get a closer look... of course it bounced back and away from him....with determination, he did this for about 10 minutes!),

50) being mom to our 3 precious kids makes me pray
51) knowing that it would be wiser to bite my tongue and be quiet than say what I thought and cause strife was a grace that made me quiet...
 (I do need to put that into practice more often!)

Day 18
(3 gifts from Gods word)
52)He promises to guard our hearts and minds
with peace as we lay all of our anxious thoughts before Him with prayer and
thanksgiving. (Phil. 4:6-7)
53)He promises to never leave or forsake His children. Never.
Once His, He will not leave us. We may try to walk away from Him, but He remains
our Father. He promises.
54)He comes to bring us life, life to the full ..
John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full."

Day 19
(a grace in the kitchen, a grace in the weather, a grace that might never have been)
55) fresh salad goodies delivered by a sweet friend yesterday, just in time to add to lettuce picked from the garden ,
56) a cool breeze this evening, lifting the humid and stuffy feeling of today
57) one evening a few years back, our home was safe ....a fire raged, gutting the neighbours home.

day 20
(3 gifts you saw only when you got close up)
58) recently sown mustard seeds peeping up through the soil,
59) a perfect first spear of asparagus peeping up through the soil in my veg garden
60) getting close up to the Word (before my family wakes each morning) has given me a refreshed outlook and new strength daily this week.

day 21
(one thing in the sky, one thing from your memory,one thing that's ugly-beautiful)
61) the sun that rises faithfully each morning,
62) memories of the gift of 10 days spent on the farm with my precious sister and her family last November
63) ugly was the stress that my daughter went through this week with a new challenge....beautiful was the outcome when she persevered and conquered it!

day 22
(one grace wrinkled, one grace smooth, one grace unfolded)
64) wrinkled cushions on the couch showing we have relaxed there today,
65) smooth milk chocolates given by a sweet friend of my daughter
66) new adventures unfolding in the lives of our children.

Day 23
(3 gifts found in Christ)
67) joy,
68) hope
69) a peace that passes all understanding.

Are you counting your blessings too?


  1. Wonderful list of joys, thank you for sharing...
    Such a sweet picture of your nephew reaching for the sunflowers. May he always reach for the Son...

  2. Yes - I'm counting too! His grace - new every morning - never failing - what a gift to count! Fresh things from the garden - sounds marvelous when we are buried in winter snow and cold here. Just visiting from Ann's blog to say Hi today - may you see Him all around this week :)

  3. Nice to have new visitors! Thanks for your kind comments.

  4. thanks my precious sister...counting down the days until I see you again xxx

  5. Thanks for coming to visit me! I think I've figured out that you are in South Africa - braii(sp?) was the giveaway. I'll enjoy summer via your blog :)


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