Can I Joy Dare You? Week 12


As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

March 18 ~ 3 gifts red

  • the blood of Jesus – shed for us
  • the Canadian Flag – coming home soon

Red Rose

  • a red rose – reminded me of the rose of Sharon – Song of Solomon 2:1 – 

“I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys” (Song of Solomon 2:1, NIV).

March 19 ~ 3 gifts eaten

  • my morning apple, the crunch, the crispness, the sweetness
  • taking communion with the children on Sunday at Sunday School – a wafer dipped in grape juice – the song sung – the quietness – a Holy moment
  • leftovers – I love leftovers. Very little preparation and still so delicious

March 20 ~ 3 gifts that made you laugh

  • my grandson born today at 10:04 MST – Grandpa and I are dancing and laughing with joy, our 6th grandchild
  • watching Snowball’s antics – she really is too funny – you have to laugh when she met her favourite friend – she jumped out of the cart and zoomed around to jump up on him
  • friend on line trying to book a hotel; but they won’t let her book as a single; so she types in No One (for the first name) and Else (for the last name); the computer accepted her reservation

March 21 ~ a gift salty, sweet, and just right

  • salty – oh it is hard not to enjoy salty rice chips

Grapefruit on the tree

  • sweet – grapefruit straight from the tree
  • just right – a picture of our newborn grandson in his Father’s arms

March 22 ~ 3 gifts found in His Word

  • Jesus is my Strength and my Song :

 “Fear can block the flow of my Strength into you. Instead of trying to flight your fears, concentrate on trusting Me” (Jesus Calling, March 21).

  • Jesus Died for me:

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved meand gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NIV).

and the I have Been Crucified by Christ sung by Robin Mark

  • Jesus is my freedom:

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17, NIV).

March 23 ~ 3 gifts found in women

So many wonderful new women on line: Here are 3 new ones for me.

March 24 ~ 3 gifts spoken

  • great sermon this morning on “All In” – a call for the church to be a part of the body of Christ
  • kind words of my hubby as he adjusted his schedule so I could attend a prayer meeting
  • a wonderful prayer meeting; hearing the words of so many people as we lifted our voices praying for our church 

Multitudes on Monday



  1. Beautiful, Janis! Isn’t it all the more special when it feels like a scavenger hunt? Looking deeper to see the beauty opens up new places in the heart. Lovely.

  2. Neritia,
    Great to meet you. The grapefruit tree belongs to a neighbour in our community – they ask people to pick them – so we do.

  3. Congratulations on the new addition to your family Janis….I love births…each time a child is born I imagine God smiling upon the earth…shedding hope of another tomorrow!

    That friend of yours booking the hotel had me giggling….I’m so sharing it with my girl friends….!

    Have a super blessed day!

    PS: are the grapefruits yours?

    1. Neritia,
      Thanks … I am really excited to go and hug this one. Waiting is hard.
      I laughed too when I read her Facebook response to the hotel reservation.

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