Can I Joy Dare You? Week 10


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 to admit that I had trouble focussing on some of these clues this week. Particularly on the loud one. We are so quiet down here that there isn’t too much noise. Although I admit I just found one – the dishwasher – it is irritatingly loud. Day isn’t over yet – just getting this post set up for Monday – so I will keep my ears open for the rest of the day – loud.

March 4 ~ 3 gifts hard to give thanks for

  • a sinus headache – spring must be coming
  • a grandbaby who has a fever (then we find out croup) PS He is much better.
  • sore nose from new glasses

March 5 ~ 3 gifts found

  • found time to continue my memory work
  • found help from hubby to fix my photo frames for the art show
  • found another frame I needed from Costco

March 6 ~ bent, broken and beautiful

  • My new glasses – just don’t feel right
  • breaking of my heart – to hear a young woman who needs a lung transplant
  • being able to create – made a children’s craft with tissue paper

March 7 ~ 3 gifts found in the kitchen

  • plentiful water
  • enough food in the fridge
  • a loving hubby who cleans up the kitchen

March 8 ~ 3 gifts loud

  • thunder in the desert – a big boom this morning and a few during the day
  • my dishwasher (I love it but it is so noisy)
  • my oven (I love it but it is so noisy when I turn it off the fan continues to make an irritating sound)

March 9 ~ 3 gifts carved

  • I carve an apple every morning – Braeburn apples, very inexpensive in Arizona

Carve Apple

  • we love stir fry so I chop lots of vegetables
  • some day I want to learn to carve soapstone. Right now I am going to try to carve a piece of soap to be a Tadeo Turtle. We’ll see what happens.

March 10 ~ 3 gifts in Christ

  •  In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:33, NIV). We are learning about this in Experiencing God – to be able to give up everything for Jesus.
  • Knowing that, “it never works. God does.”
  • Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV).

There were not too many clues that lent themselves to pictures for me this week so I thought I would leave you with some great wonder shots.

Rain drops on leaves
Raindrops on leaves in desert
Reflections in the lake.
Sweet oranges
Sweet Oranges


  1. Good thought provoking post Jan. Hope to see you back this way sometime this spring?



    1. Thanks Brian,
      It does take a lot of thought to figure out the clues. Watching and watching during the day for God to show me the answer. Yes we will look you up as soon as we get home. We would love to touch base with all that’s been happening in Haliburton.

  2. I love these posts. How about a picture of your oven and dishwasher? 😉
    Snowball can also be a loud gift, though she is typically very quiet. 🙂

    1. Sheryl,
      I thought about the oven and dishwasher but I figured people could picture their own. 🙂 But yes I could have put Snowball’s howl – she hasn’t done that much down here, maybe she has forgotten – I hope I hope.

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