Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 6


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.

February 4 ~ Three gifts found when bent down

  • our little dog, Snowball, loves it when I get on the ground – eye to eye
  • when I kneel to pray the Lord always is there
reading to baby
  • as I get down on the ground with children there is more intimacy

February 5 ~ A gift stitched, hammered and woven

  • made all those Tadeos for the fair and need to start another production
  • Wayne is a wonderful carpenter; our homes are always filled with his beautiful handiwork

  • I saw a beautiful woven afghan at a friend’s home with a lovely message to help her in her fight against cancer

February 6 ~ 3 Gifts found outside

  • ducks around our lake – Snowball loves to send them into the water

  • I love watching the heron. He stands majestic and even when he decides to fly off he does so with purpose and precision.

  • the sound of birds in our trees -listen to the music


February 7 ~ A gift at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm

  • an early lunch before Bible study – yummy leftover stew
  • warm, caring conversation at the end of our Bible study after prayer time
  • hard Eucharisteo – our pregnant daughter in the hospital – prayers lifted by loyal intercessors, she is getting better

February 8 ~ A gift broken, fixed, and thrifted

  • I think of communion with a gift broken “this bread is broken for you, Christ’s body”.
  • my husband is “Mr. Fix-it”. I am so thankful for marrying someone who can fix things.
  • we like to go to the Goodwill or Salvation Army stores to look for odd things – I found a small crock pot to heat the wax for my batik paintings

February 9 ~ 3 surprise gifts – unexpected grace!

  • a friend asked me to try painting pictures for her new children’s book

  • learning to sketch drapery
  • we had a wonderful time at a dance; met new friends and renewed old friendships

February 10 ~ 3 times you heard laughter today

  • children at the Sunday School listened to a story time. Funny expressions on the child actor. He did a great job.
  • I can always hear laughter when my husband is reading the newspaper; watching something on the Internet
  • catching errors when I write. I wrote, “eating wax, instead of heating wax”. That made me laugh.




  1. Lovely gifts, Janis! Your little Snowball is a cutie–and probably not spoiled like our LucyMae :). Enjoyed this peek into your joy list, as always.

  2. Your list is amazingly beautiful. Loved my visit here.
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog yesterday. It made me smile. God bless!

    1. Amy,
      I am having fun searching for the different things Ann has on her list. I love checking out all the different people that love God as much as I do.

  3. Janis-I loved reading your post! It’s so refreshing to read your list because your season of life is so different than mine. It reminds me that the busy days in the trenches with the little ones is such a short season. On day I will be watching birds, painting and etc. 🙂

    1. Jacqui,
      Thank you so much. Encouragement certainly helps, doesn’t it? And yes some day you will only have memories and times with grandchildren. Enjoy these years – they are full, fun and exciting.

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