Can I Joy Dare You? Week 19

Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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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.

I have opened a LINKY for one month. If you count the gifts of God I would welcome you to link to this post. I would love to visit each one of your blogs.

May 6 ~ 3 gifts found in Christ

    • caring people at Women’s Day Together meeting – prayer – Women of Christ
    • caring people at Highlands Pregnancy Care Appreciation Dinner – men and women of Christ
    • I read through Acts 18-20: Paul uses reasoning, persuading, and discussions

May 7 ~ 3 gifts about your home

    • funny that today was the day for sorting and throwing out. My hubby always says, “Junk expands to fill the space available”. So I am dejunking because we have the gift of space
    • a porch where I can sit in the shade and the black flies have not found me yet
View from Back Porch
View from my back porch
    • a place to write, to paint, to eat, to sit and sleep and lots of space when family visits

May 8 ~ 3 gifts inside a closet

    • storage for art, sewing, paper
    • place for my clothes
    • finding things inside my closets to gift, recycle, give away or toss out

May 9 ~ 3 gifts found in the dark

    • the night sky in the Highlands – expansive, bright stars and the moon
    • deep deep sleep – love our dark room and living in the country – no city lights
    • shutting my eyes to pray, to focus

May 10 ~ a gift outside, inside and upside down

    • outside: walking around and see the blossoms of spring (we are slower up here in the Highlands) and the welcome spring rain


    • inside: working inside my newly organized den/art room (thanks to my daughter)
My New Printer table
Great find at the Reuse Centre – $10 for printer table
    • upside down: I watched a friend paint and she kept turning her painting upside down

May 11 ~ 3 gifts about your parents

    • remembering them on their knees beside their bed every night in prayer
    • they were always there when needed; nurturing with food, encouragement, fun and faith
    • knowing that both Mom and Dad are together again in heaven, dancing as they always loved to do
Mom and Dad Marriage 46
Mom and Dad married 1946

May 12 ~ 3 gifts held in hand today

      • a bar of soap for my morning shower – we take this for granted
      • a Hymn book and singing Rejoice the Lord is King
      • a Taco for Mother’s Day – one of my favourite dishes (easy, quick and delicious)

Please make sure that you only link if you are counting the gifts of God. I will take down other links. We are trying to connect with those who are writing about the gifts.

Thanks to the following blogs that I link to :

Multitudes on Mondays

GraceLaced Mondays

Beauty in His Grip Button



    1. Laura,
      You made my night. It seems to be hard to find posts of people counting the gifts. I will keep searching.
      Many blessings,

    1. Thank Michelle,
      Yes we are blessed with a peaceful heavenly spot – we have neighbours but the trees cover that at this time of year. Today a black crow or raven walked across the lawn – I think it was bigger than our dog.

  1. Liking you on facebook now! Thank you for this link up. I love counting my gifts. Ann has been an inspiration to me and through her prompting looking for the little joys in everyday has been a lifechanger. Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  2. Hi Janis!
    You do know that I ‘do’ my Joy Day! on the blog a little bit different than Ann…and you. I wanted to be a place for people to get their toes wet and discover the blessing and then desire to jump in…so I invite them to share ‘seven’ from their past week.

I love to connect with you.

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