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Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

Thoughtful Tuesdays – How we can make joy bubble over

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My thoughts during the bout of flu were “how can I make this joyful”? During that time I tried to pray but really felt so bad I couldn’t do it. But I did read my Scriptures, and some blog posts. I did sing praise songs while soaking in the tub. I found I could accept what was happening if I just rested in God and thanked Him for little things.

It reminded me of the years that I would count the gifts. Ann Voskamp has a wonderful site where she encourages us to count the gifts, daily. I did that and now have many posts to show those weeks. Check out Counting Gifts.

And Margaret Feinberg has written a book and Bible study to show us how to Fight Back with Joy.

So my little picture came to me as I thought of joy. Joy that bubbles over. If we can have that joy – then others will see it. And they will be led to wanting to know more about Jesus.

I am creating something new in you: a bubbling spring of Joy that spills over into other’s lives. Do not mistake this Joy for you own or try to take credit for it in any way. Instead, watch in delight as My Spirit flows through you to bless others (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling, June 13).

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22, NIV, my emphasis).

 

I learned a song while in Poland. The English words are:

Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Jesus’ love is bubbling over.
Hallelujah!

Have a great week.

Blessings,

Janis

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Watchful Wednesdays

Watchful Wednesdays

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I have been doing the Joy Dare since January. Although I have enjoyed it thoroughly I find it very time consuming. So I am stopping the hunt. However, I will continue to write on Wednesdays and add a few of the blessings from my week.

I am calling my Wednesdays – Watchful Wednesdays. On Wednesdays I will be writing about what God is showing me – through photography, paintings, communication, the Bible, my family and everywhere else.

Today I want to focus on families. Our family is getting together next week at a cottage for our yearly family retreat. This will be our 3rd summer. What an amazing blessing this is to everyone. We catch up; we play; we laugh; we tell stories; we hug; we eat… oh yes we do eat. The grandchildren play together and we watch.

We learn:

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him (Psalm 127:3, NIV).

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living (Chuck Swindoll).

I love to read Oswald Chambers every morning. On July 31 I read:

Ultimately God will let nothing escape, every detail is under His scrutiny.

So I want to watch, be aware, listen and concentrate on each moment of living.

Here are some blessings from the past week.

      • Sizzlin’ Summer Service in the park – joint with the churches

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        • art with my granddaughter
        • beautiful day in the park with kids making crafts at Rails End Gallery
        • the Rotary Carnival
        • walking our town
        • reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with my granddaughter
        • playing Rummoli, Yatze and Uno
        • making a Tadeo print with my grandson
        • boating
        • playing with clay from the lake

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        • sunshine and cloudless days
        • outdoors in Millbrook for Ladies Night
        • ideas and more ideas
        • fun, fun and more fun
        • saying prayers with granddaughter at night
        • a new camera
        • pictures of wildflowers

 

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        • closeup shots with my camera
        • excitement of seeing a bee on my first shot with camera

 

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        • restful Sunday
        • foggy mornings
        • an expression of interest in buying my books

Watchful Wednesdays

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Can I Joy Dare You? Week 30

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 30

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

Last week I attended a full week art course at Haliburton School of the Arts. It was called Experimental Watercolour by Kal Honey.

Kal pushed us; he pulled us; he told us to stop thinking and just paint; he told us to forget about the product and just work with the process.

My head is full. I want to paint but my computer calls. On Monday I did take time to play, and explore my paints. Fun.

Here is my list from this week:

July 24 ~ 3 gifts sand

      • I recall a cute statement from my granddaughter while walking around our roads in early summer. “These roads look like the beach, grandma.” Our roads were still covered with winter sand.
      • sandpainting: Something that I must try for Creative Saturdays
      • I love building castles, moats, digging holes and just the feel of wet sand through my fingers and toes

July 25 ~ 3 gifts endings

      • on this day I am at the 1/2 way point of my art class – hard work, but I don’t like endings

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      • when is a piece of art work finished – we talked about “endings” in our art class

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      • Jesus knew when His time was ending on earth. And He knew it was accomplished when He said, “It is finished”.

July 26 ~ 3 gifts fresh

      • today is a new start – a promise of diversity in my art, in my life – less computer time and more living
      • fresh look at myself – I needed this week taking my art course to know that somehow I could take 40 hours from my regular week and still get my posts up, cook dinners, and even go for a boat ride
      • Jesus renews me every morning so I can start each day fresh

July 27 ~ a gift on vacation, at home, in relaxation

      • vacation: I am looking forward to our trip to Poland in the fall
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Poland Trip 2010 with International Messengers

      • at home: I am putting my art supplies into a meaningful order
      • relaxation: taking a few days to reflect after a very full intensive week

July 28 ~ 3 gifts beginnings

      • a new painting outlook – fun!
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Journalling – series on Birds – Janis Cox

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      • reorganizing my writing plan
      • on a steering committee for a new outreach for Haliburton

July 29 ~ 3 gifts together

      • we have great fun together at my daughter’s and son-in-law’s trailer
      • I love how our family works and plays together
      • my hubby and I have been together for 42 years (married) but have known each other for 45 years

July 30 ~ 3 gifts heard

 

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Watercolour Batik Butterfly card by Janis Cox

 

 

 

 



Can I Joy Dare You? Week 29

Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 29

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

This week I am taking an art course at the Haliburton School of the Arts. It is called Experimental Watercolour by Kal Honey. If you are from Ontario and love art, consider checking out the summer brochure – lots of great classes.

So my pictures are few this week – if any – but I keep counting the gifts. I would love you to continue to link your posts.

July 17 ~ 3 gifts learned

  • I learned all about furnaces and air conditioning this past week as my daughter’s A/C decided it was too old to work (and this during a heat wave)
  • I learned how to keep cool; move around slowly; drink lots of fluids, have a shower and go to bed with wet hair
  • I learned there is a new Bible study starting in August – online, studying one passage of Scripture a week (hope I can find it again)

July 18 ~ 3 gifts musical

  • baby toys can come on suddenly when you least expect it
  • I love watching my grandbaby dance to the music
  • I love singing songs – praise and worship songs especially

July 19 ~ 3 gifts baked

  • it is a blessing our bread is already baked – either regular or gluten free
  • Grateful that we now have baked chips, not fried ones
  • I baked in the heat – over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees C.) and it was humid

July 20 ~ a gifts light, dark and shadow

  • light: I love the morning light waking me up
  • dark: it is so quiet in the dark
  • shadow: isn’t it wonderful how the trees provide such lovely shade, especially in the heat, while we played in the sandbox?

July 21 ~ 3 gifts story

  • Sunday’s sermon was on Mary and Martha – a story I know well as I have a children’s book, unfinished, based on this story
  • the stories in the Bible – so powerful
  • twice a month we have a storytelling course on Mondays – we are learning biblical storytelling – Highlands Biblical Storytellers.

July 22 ~ 3 gifts understated

  • we learned in art class today the difference in intensities – and it is good to vary the intensity of the colour – some to be understated or lower intensity
  • me – I have to learn not to be so intense – t0 let go of control – be understated
  • the lesson this morning from Oswald Chambers – It is NOT about me. I have to keep reminding myself

July 23 ~ a gift high, low and far away

  • high: I drank a chai tea this morning and actually had a high level of energy for most of the day
  • low: unfortunately now that it is nighttime – my energy level has hit bottom – low
  • far away: this week I am reminded of the Polish mission team, with which I have travelled 4 previous times, is so far away. Praying for them especially since they have lost half the team (before they arrived). Trusting God to figure this out.

Here are a few shots of the weird and wonderful things we have been doing this week.

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An artist works with the strainer to see the types of marks that she can make on the paper. No brushes were allowed.

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Bought for $1.00 at the Dollar Store – this artist uses it to create interesting textures.

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This is my effort. I used the little squiggly thing at the top. Made from flower wire, it has a feathery end. Amazing how many different marks can be made from it.

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One of the students had made this gadget – string, washers. Our instructor, Kal Honey, is shown using it.



Can I Joy Dare You? Week 27 and 28

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 27 and 28

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

I had a wonderful Sabbath rest this past week. Energy abounded during my VBS – thank You, Lord.

So here goes for the past 2 weeks – gifts of:

July 3 ~ faith, family, freedom

  • faith: great opportunity to pray and worship while driving to a meeting
  • family: knowledge that God watches over our families
  • freedom: knowing Christ and God’s has a great plan

July 4 ~ red, white, blue

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  • red: I wore red on Canada Day on July 1
  • white: I wore a white sweater on Canada Dayy
  • blue: a clear blue sky

July 5 ~  persistence

  • to finish what needed to be done even when tired
  • to get up early every morning to have time with God
  • to not get stressed but see each moment as an opportunity

July 6 ~ enthusiasm

  • watching my grandson learn to walk
  • my son-in-law getting a new fishing boat
  • excitement in the water, watching grandson and Snowball swimming, grandchildren swimming from boat to the beach

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July 7 ~ challenge, conflict, change

  • challenge: to figure out how to get more planned and organized
  • conflict: decisions over choices and time
  • changes: take a blog holiday

July 8 ~ water

  • cleaning everything
  • playing in a water pool

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  • playing in the lake, running through the sprinkler

July 9 ~ rhythm, rhyme, reason

  • thinking of daily rhythms; sleep, wake, eat, work, and play
  • I love making rhyme – see Tadeo Turtle 🙂
  • knowing the reason for living

July 10 ~ weakness

  • I know that in my weakness He is strong – every day I am relying on Jesus
  • there is weakness when we “water down” our faith – we must rely on the Holy Spirit, and the Bible to guide us in the truth – please God NOT man
  • our weakness shows God’s strength and His miracles

July 11 ~ jars

  • jars filled with yummy foods – olives, pickles and jam
  • jars made of clay

2 Corinthians 4;7 POTS

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July 12 ~ life, growth, decline

  • life: watching my kids become adults and have children of their own
  • growth: the change in my grandson in 1 year
  • decline: never think of growing older only better

July 13 ~ curled

  • a sweet babe curled in his mom’s arms
  • how awesome our hands are that they can curl, grasp and type
  • how flowers curl their petals at night

July 14 ~ yellow

  • sun shining on the leaves makes a lovely green-yellow
  • flowers in the garden and on the road

 

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  • yellow flowers on lily pads

July 15 ~ stone

  • our house is built on rock
  • a deer standing on front yard in front of stone

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  • it is amazing how craftsmen can turn stone into beauty

July 16 ~ hanging down

  • a raspberry hanging down

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  • laundry hanging down
  • towels hanging down

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Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 26

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 26

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

Update:

I decided to move the Joy Dare to Wednesdays. I had trouble getting everything posted on Sunday nights. And I have been working hard at not doing work on Sundays. This gives me an evening with my husband too. Please continue to list posts where you are counting the gifts of God.

June 24 ~ a gift in water, in words and in white

      • water: when it is 30 degrees celsius (yes it did get that hot) I need to drink more water and make sure my plants get watered too
      • words: thank You, Lord, for words to write
      • white: beautiful wild white daisies

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 June 25 ~ 3 gifts in someone older than you

      • it is funny but there are less people older than I am!
      • hugs from a friend and a time to chat and yes she is a little older than I am
      • help for VIBE (our VBS). A new friend is helping me but I don’t know her age

June 26 ~ 3 gifts in fabric

      • I picked up more pillow cases for a craft for VIBE
      • I am amazed at our blessings with the variety and abundance of clothes we can wear
      • watching Snowball grab a piece of sewing fabric and think she has won a gold medal

June 27 ~ 3 gifts framed by a frame

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      • as I looked through the window frame this morning early, I saw the pinkest sky
      • going through garage sale items we found a few pictures in frames to sell

June 28 ~ 3 gifts eaten

      • my morning apple – so crunchy and sweet
      • pistachios for a snack
      • a yummy dinner and family arrived

June 29 ~ a gift small, big and just right

      • we had little ones here this weekend; the youngest – 3 months
      • a big turnout for the garage sale

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      • our day was just right – no rain, not too hot and the bugs were bearable (with a little spray)

June 30 ~ 3 gifts you gave today

      • patience
      • a listening ear
      • companionship

July 1 ~ 3 gifts loved

      • reading Tadeo Turtle to children in Minden for the Canada Day celebrations

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      • seeing all the families enjoying Canada Day

Canadian Flag on our front yard

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      • a letter from a little Tadeo reader and a picture

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July 2 ~ 3 gifts read

      • can’t help but see the word “READ” which is my maiden name – passing this delight on to my children and grandchildren. You are never too young to read

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      • the privilege to read the Bible
      • my morning IPAD reading the Huffington Post

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Can I Joy Dare You? Week 25

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 25

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

After a conference it seems it takes me a few days to sort myself out. I have a head full of ideas, changes and passion. But where to get the time? Then the Lord reminded me:

It is all in His time.

So counting the gifts again this week – seeking to know that He is always with me.

June 17 ~ 3 gifts in your Dad

Dad and Janis

      • peace, calmness – my Dad did not get really angry (at least not often) – slow to anger, always thinking before he acted
      • my Dad always had time to listen to me and helped me to know myself
      • my Dad adored my Mother

June 18 ~ 3 gifts from your Heavenly Father

        • grace: God accepts me just as I am
        • beauty: creation, every detail, the colour and the perfection
        • joy: how the Holy Spirit can fill me with joy at the strangest times

June 19 ~ 3 gifts you became in serving

        • worked at the Pregnancy Care Centre figuring out labels – I was determined to figure it out
        • as I serve I become more prayerful and patient
        • in my Bible Study I have learned to listen

June 20 ~ a gift bent, beautiful and loved

        • bent: my new perennials are still bent – I hope they will survive and bloom beautifully for many years

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        • beautiful: my hubby and I had a beautiful day boating on Lake of Bays

Lake of Bays

        • loved: I know I am loved by my hubby

June 21 ~ 3 gifts found in light

        • reflections on the lake
        • the bluest sky

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        • being able to read, sew, and do crafts I need a good light

June 22 ~ 3 gifts that are difficult

        • with my allergies sometime it is difficult to not eat something but my allergies have taught me great discipline
        • I need glasses – but I have learned to accept that fact and most times never think about it
        • I need to stretch every morning – another way to learn discipline

June 23 ~ 3 gifts found around a table

        • pictures of my children and grandchildren are found on my tables and desk
        • after dinner each night my hubby and I have a game of cribbage. I actually won last night – a very close game
        • we saw new art work displayed on tables produced by a new group called “Mentors and Makers”

 

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CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Week 24

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 24

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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. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

There is only one picture this week. It was extremely busy week as I attended a writers’ conference. I hope you enjoy reading them without the pictures. I am too tired to even look for them.

 June 10 ~ a gift at 8 am; 12; and 2 pm

      • 8 am: my favourite time of quiet before we being our day – just resting in the Lord, awaiting His Voice
      • 12: lunch time, my favourite – leftovers from last night’s dinner
      • 8 pm: I have finished most of my week’s posts before I head for an award’s ceremony and a 3-day conference

June 11 ~ 3 gifts painted

      • no one can paint like God can paint; look around you, see the details, the shading, the light
      • checked out my craft for Saturday – a torn Tadeo Turtle (not really painted but crafted)
      • putting my paintings and my cards with my paintings in my car to take to the conference

June 12 ~ 3 gifts full

      • starting my morning looking after my grandson- such a blessing; taking him to daycare
      • a very full day – driving to Mississauga; missing the turn and thanking God for my GPS; picking up a friend; trying to find the hotel; getting lunch; getting a snack before the awards dinner; helping on the door with tickets; watching the Awards Gala
      • full of anticipation; waiting for the announcement; hearing Tadeo’s name – and being called to the front to accept the Best Children’s Book of 2013

Janis Cox accepting award

June 13 ~ 3 gifts smelled

      • early morning rain – you know the smell – fresh, yet full of a heavy scent
      • arriving at the conference – smells of trees, grass – but stuffed nose because of allergies
      • someone wore perfume and my friend is severely allergic to perfume; so we asked people not to put on anymore fragrances

June 14 ~ a gift unexpected; unwanted; unlikely

      • unexpected: I woke up before the 6am alarm even though we went to bed late
      • unwanted: I didn’t want to feel sleepy in my classes so I had a tea for lunch (I don’t usually drink tea or coffee)
      • unlikely: It is highly unlikely that I will retain 10 percent of what I am learning at this conference

June 15 ~ 3 gifts in His Word

      • to be able to read His Word and remember the stories
      • the more I read a passage the better I recall it when needed for prayer
      • the idea that we can be inspired by God in our writing and praying before we write is essential

June 16 ~ 3 gifts moving

        • my little grandson is on the move; he is starting to take hesitant steps back and forth, his little face full of the glee of accomplishment
        • all I have done this past week is move stuff; from my house to the car; into the hotel; out of the hotel; into the conference; back into the car; into my daughter’s house and finally back home. Thanks to my hubby for lugging the stuff back into the house. Now to put it away
        • I am moving into a different direction. Watching and waiting to see where God is leading me this time.

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CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Week 23

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 23

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Butterfly Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox

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Sometimes days are harder to find the treasure. But I keep up the hunt. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

The LINKY will be open for one more week. 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. Or you can link your Facebook or Pinterest Pages if that’s where you list your counting the gifts.

June 3 ~ 3 gifts from today’s conversations

    • MadeInHaliburton approved my watercolours (I have my book on their site now)
    • I made a decision to make greeting cards from prints of my watercolours after talking to people who liked my paintings

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    • my brother-in-law’s health is improving (thanks for the prayers)

June 4 ~ 3 gifts found in Christ

    • His strength
    • His wisdom
    • His Presence

June 5 ~ a gift of peace, hope and love

    • peace: time with God – and the last song we sing each week at church, “Go now in peace”
    • hope: for healing for friends and relatives
    • love: for my family and my women’s group – a good close bonding of women

June 6 ~ 3 gifts ugly-beautiful

    • my morning face is pretty scary but no one sees it as I get up so early – but it is filled with the love of God and His will for the day
    • it’s a rainy cold day, but my hubby and friend worked in the garden and didn’t get hot or sunburned
    • I am making a mess in preparation for a craft show but it will look good when I am done

Janis at the show

June 7 ~ 3 gifts in what you are reading

    • I love historical fiction. I am finishing the 3rd in the Acts of Faith series by Davis Bunn and Janet Oke about the centurion who had much faith
    • we are almost finished our Bible study on Wonderstruck
    • I love reading the articles in the Charisma magazine

June 8 ~ 3 gifts empty

    • hubby and friend pulled all the creeping bush from the garden and now it is empty waiting for me to plant
    • I found my mailbox empty of the plastic sleeves I had ordered – a mixup in customer service and they sent them by regular mail – (Hard Euchasisteo). I used plastic baggies.
    • my car is empty waiting to be filled with all the stuff for the craft show. I ended up taking the truck as my art easel would not fit in my car

June 9 ~ 3 gifts made you really smile

    • in our church service I smiled to see a friend feeling better
    • I listened to a wonderful inspiring speaker to today at a women’s group
    • finally getting the boat into the water and taking it for a spin

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CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Week 22

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 22

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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 27 ~ 3 gifts found in church

      • friends who know me well
      • music with words that help me worship and stir my soul
      • teaching from the Word

May 28 ~ 3 gifts in today’s work

      • getting an answer from the lawyer to my questions as secretary of an association
      • lovely time volunteering a the Pregnancy Centre getting to know another volunteer and praying together
      • working together as a team as part of a Board

May 29 ~ a gift at 8 am, 12 and 8pm

      • 8 am ~ a great meditation time with our Lord – peace and connection and remembering this is our 42nd wedding anniversary
      • 12 ~ a lunch break and chatting with my hubby
      • 8 pm ~ in the middle of my Bible Study – learning more about prayer. As we persist to seek God and ask how we can pray

May 30 ~ 3 gifts blue

      • blue skies against the green trees – beautiful

Blue skies

 

      • blue pattern on a tissue box – I love the shapes, the colours and the reflections

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      • recycling containers – known as “the blue box”

May 31 ~ 3 gifts gave away

      • a friend gave away a $20 coupon for a classified ad for the paper – we will use it for community garage sale
      • thinking of what we can give away for the garage sale
      • a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Minden Flood Relief

June 1 ~ 3 gifts orange

      • delicious orange juice at 6:30 am as I get ready to drive to VBS workshop an  hour 20 minutes away

 Sweet oranges

      • memory of those oranges in Arizona right from the trees

 

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A Batik Watercolour painting of grandbaby in the pumpkin patch

June 2 ~ 3 gifts funny

      • to see the sky turn black, pour rain and then the sun come out – just amazing
      • talking to a neighbour and just having a good laugh at life
      • watching Snowball sneak in, grab a sock, then hightail it up the stairs and lay with her head down on the sock watching to see what I will do

Thanks to the following sites that I like to:

Multitudes on Mondays

GraceLaced Mondays

 

 

Beauty in His Grip Button