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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

Vessel - Proverbs 25:4

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

raspberry time

  • 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

wild white daisies

 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

butterfly cards for sale

      • 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

Bent Flowers

        • 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

Blue sky

        • 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 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

pattern blue on Kleenex box

      • 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

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CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Weeks 20 and 21

Can I Joy Dare You? Weeks 20 and 21

Can-I-Dare-You-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.

Coming off my blogging Sabbatical – I feel refreshed and ready to begin the week.

May 13 – 3 gifts found in your Mother

Grandma

  • my Mother had perseverance. When we were growing up my Dad had a broken back (which he kept healthy by exercises); my sister became diabetic at 10 years of age; I suffered from asthma from age 3. Mom kept us all organized and healthy.
  • my Mother had a sweetness of spirit, a wonderful smile and she loved people and people loved her
  • my Mother was humble and was always doing something for others

May 14 ~ a gift picked up; put away and put back

  • picked up: I love picking up my Bible, Oswald Chambers and Jesus Calling every morning
  • put away: I a learning (slowly) to put away my stuff as I use it. Learning this habit.
  • put back: I put back all the spices I used for dinner. I love how spices can make a meal sing.

May 15 ~ 3 gifts about you

  • I am determined
  • I love to encourage others by prayers, offering Scriptures and listening to their troubles
  • I am disciplined. My allergies made me learn to focus on making good choices.

May 16 ~ 3 gifts found in the Word

  • Proverbs 19:21 – the Lord’s purpose prevails
  • 1 John 5:14 – if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us
  • Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer

May 17 ~ a gifts in a box; in a bag; in a book

  • in a box: I found some bridge tallies (my Mom’s) in a box. I found a friend who likes bridge and donated them to her
  • in a bag: my Hubby does the grocery shopping and brings home all the groceries in reusable bags
  • in a book: I read a chapter or two a night; I love historical fiction; right now I am reading biblical historical fiction by Bunn and Oke, the Acts of Faith Series; I am in the second one.

Centurion's Wife

May 18 ~ 3 gifts unexpected

  • a dream I remembered. A black monster in the sky; I headed to the crawl space; I had no fear. Our crawl space is on bedrock. I have a firm foundation. Stick with Jesus – He is our Rock
  • I learned to write the Lord’s Prayer in my own words
  • all our family will be meeting together on Sunday (and it didn’t rain)

May 19 ~ 3 gifts from childhood

  • safety – I always felt safe
  • love – I always felt the love of my parents and my sister
  • my sister – a continuing gift to me

May 20 ~ a gifts sweet; sour; and salty

These all come from our family day together

  • gift sweet: fruit cocktail with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and canteloupe
  • gift sour: my grandson had a sour expression as he hadn’t had enough sleep the night before (firecrackers); but he perked up after a little snooze in the car
  • salty: we had corn chips for dinner instead of potatoes or rice

May 21 ~ 3 gifts found in little people

  • exuberance – grandchildren who ran and played all day
  • laughter while playing Monopoly with my granddaughter
  • cuddles and snuggles with our 2 month old grandson

May 22 ~ 3 gifts that made you laugh

  • Snowball’s excitement when she sees me first thing in the morning – kisses, and her whole body is shaking with love

Snowball

  • my friend learning to laugh at herself when she makes mistakes (she is a perfectionist); made me laugh too
  • seeing the number of reading glasses my Hubby has lying around our house (all from the dollar store)

May 23 ~ 3 gifts found in community

  • reviewing the notes from our community association AGM and the members support of the directors’ initiatives
  • watching how our entire county is rallying around raising funds for flood relief in Minden
  • how our Pregnancy Care Centre has become, in 7 years, a vital presence in the lives of moms and dads

May 24 ~ a gift in a plate; a pot; and a package

  • in a plate: I love my new less expensive but great looking kitchen plates
  • in a pot: I love my oatmeal every morning for breakfast especially as my Hubby makes it
  • in a package: getting my raffle basket ready for a conference

raffle basket

May 25 ~ 3 gifts hard giving thanks for

  • a very tired body
  • disappointment in low sales at the conference
  • frustration in knowing whether what we are doing  in marketing is making sense

May 26 ~ a gift worn, white and whispered

  • a gift worn: thankful I took my warmer coat on this trip as it was chilly out
  • a gift white: we took our white boat out of the garage, getting it ready to launch
  • a gift whispered: I heard God’s whisper today as I rested in Him on the Sabbath

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.

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CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Week 19

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 19

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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 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

Blossoms

    • 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
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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 :

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Beauty in His Grip Button
 



CAN I JOY DARE YOU? Week 18

Can I Joy Dare You? Week 18

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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.

April 29 ~ 3 gifts dirt

  • wiping dirt from Snowball’s feet (muddy outside)
  • the water drying up the mud (dirt) on our flooded lands in the county
  • our roads being cleaned of the winter’s dirt by the rains

April 30 ~ a gift given, a gift made, a gift sacrificed

  • a gift given: I bought a lovely little violet to give my daughter
  • a gift made: I made a blog post called Wednesday’s Word – ROCK
  • a gift sacrificed: my time to get things in order for the community association where I live (I am the secretary)

May 1 ~ 3 gifts tasted

  • my daughter had to fast for over 1 day so I asked her what she wanted to taste first – and she said a sub; then she changed her mind and we bought sushi
  • watching my grandson eat his breakfast and taste every food – bananas, cereal, peanut butter
  • having a pretend picnic on the front lawn and my grandson and I tasted each plastic food; then I picked a little flowering weed and he wanted to taste that too

May 2 ~ 3 gifts flat

  • my daughter and I played a great game called Carcassonne – They have expanded their game so they can play with many people but it also works with 2.

Flat

  • the ride back to the Highlands through very flat lands; I could see the changes in the flora as I drove across – the trees became taller, the ground started to have outcroppings of rocks; but these are pictures of the flat lands

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flat

May 3 ~ 3 gifts found in difficult people

I found this one difficult because I don’t meet too many difficult people

  • our air conditioning is broken on my new/used automobile (first time using the air); the used car dealership don’t think they will cover the repair; but they are going to try and see how bad it is and see if they can fix it
  • I remember always to look into the eyes of every one I meet and then I see Jesus
  • if I do have trouble with someone I have to ask, – is it them or me?

May 4 ~ 3 gifts before 9 am

  • a glorious cloudless day
  • my quiet time to sit, pray, think and listen
  • my body is still and I sense all the parts working – thank You, Lord

May 5 ~ a gift in a sign, a gift in a smile, a gifts in a snack

  • a gift in a sign: at a children’s art turtle show I saw a sign that said “save the turtles”. I think I will become involved in helping this group
  • a gift in a smile: my newest grandson’s first smile at me
  • a gift in a snack: munching carrots with my grandchildren

 

CAN I JOY DARE YOU?

Can I Joy Dare You?

Can-I-Dare-You-

 

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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.

April 22 ~3 gifts close

Close

Close

Dried flower arrangement

An antique bookstand

April 23 ~3 gifts reflecting

reflection

Reflection of door in a painting.

reflection

Reflections of the windows

reflection

The wonder of seeing the Cross in a reflection

April 24 ~ 3 gifts fragile

  • balloons we used at Bible study. We popped one balloon (the one with all the strains and cares of the world).
Fragile

Balloons at Bible Study

  • raindrops hanging from the tree
Fragile

Raindrops hanging from a branch

  • fragility of life -” Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life” (Matthew 6:27, NIV)?

April 25 ~gifts of cloth, steel and wood

  • sheets on my bed
  • a vehicle to drive
  • my husband who works with wood

April 26 ~ 3 gifts moving

  • coming back home from Arizona
  • furniture to make room for my family’s arrival
  • at a concert – I love to move to the music

April 27 ~ 3 gifts ugly- beautiful

  • waking up to a morning of dull rain – but it turner warmer
  • watching the brown dullness of spring come alive with life
  • a wet dog

 

ugly - beautiful

Can you really love a wet dog? – YES

 

April 28 ~ 3 gifts orange

orange

A Batik Watercolour painting of grandbaby in the pumpkin patch

 

Boat Moored

Boat Moored – Watercolour – Janis Cox – 2012

Duck

Orange Duck Feet – Watercolour 2011