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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

30 September 2013

2013 September ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

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I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2012...
and now I'm on the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2013... 
my format now is a bit more simpler than before though...

Today I find JOY in...

9/1/13 Sun 

1810. church at the Palmetto Softball Tournament
in Sumter, SC
was GREAT!

1811. cheerleaders

1812. champions

9/2/13 Mon
1813. valuing & loving family

1814. safe road trip to Nashville, TN
1815. incredible SCORE on a great hotel - GOD IS SO GOOD TO ME!

9/3/13 Tues
1816. early morning swim

1817. building memories together

1819. heart full of thanksgiving over the past weekend away

9/4/13 Wed
1820. waking up in my own bed after vacation
1821. unpacking, laundry & nesting today
1822. praying for my BOHO friends

9/5/13 Thurs
1823. clinging to the promises
My prayer for today,
that I will not focus on the "What If's"
but rest in the promises of the "What IS... through HIM"!!
1824. friends who pray daily with me
1825. a patient husband

9/6/13 Fri
1826. tomatoes from the garden
1827. pecans
Who would find an almost empty container of butter pecan ice cream in the freezer,
take it outside & eat the pecans out of it? 
1828. music - i love it!

9/7/13 Sat
1829. coffee in bed w/the LOML
1830. chipping away at chores while the LOML mows the back 40
1831. Retro Concert - best ever
The Power of Love

9/8/13 Sun
1832. Voices of Praise singing in the aisles
very moving service at Madison Park Church of God
1833. someone has figured out clapping & peek-a-boo this weekend

1834. Sunday afternoon naps are the BOMB!

9/9/13 Mon

1835. soybeans turning colors
1836. breast feeding support group :)
17 pounds, 15 ounces... 27 inches.
Boom baby!!
1837. craziness over a crib!

9/10/13 Tues

1838. Suicide Prevention Day today
posts i wrote about God helping me through that struggle
1839. coping mechanisms for stress
(looking through hundreds of good memory photos)
1840. REMINDERS like:
"Where God wants you to be,
God holds you safe and gives you peace,
even when there is pain." ~ Henri Nouwen

9/11/13 Wed

1841. I remember
1842. God remembers

1843. bad situations can bring good - if we give them to God

9/12/13 Thurs
1844. 1st "picture day at school" for A :)

1845. energy which surprises me sometimes
1846. evening walk - the golden hour

9/13/13 Fri
1847. country drive & breath-taking autumn colors

1848. tummy sleeping
1849. seasons

9/14/13 Sat

1850. windows open & a COLD house :)
1851. topsey turvy world w/beauty

1852. shopping & dinner w/J & A and the LOML

9/15/13 Sun
1853. before church quick photo shoot

1854. one of the most moving songs I've ever heard... always slays me!

1855. rocking a baby to sleep & knowing she's in a safe place for the night

9/16/13 Mon
1856. morning kisses & cuddles w/g'baby
This sweet baby is 8 months old today!
1857. leftover lunches made from a hodge-podge of items
(thankful that we have FOOD in the refrigerator - many people in this world don't)
1858. smiling at & saying hello to strangers...
trusting it makes a difference

9/17/13 Tues
1859. depression, anxiety & possibly agoraphobia - and still feeling like I accomplished something worthwhile this morning - GOD IS GOOD
1860. words of affirmation about being a "place of grace" at this time
1861. rocking a baby to sleep on the porch swing
(crickets chirping, the wind blowing, stars sparkling - divine!)

9/18/13 Wed
1861. cough drops - feel like a life saver sometimes!
1862. picnic by the little church lake w/an 8-month old

1863. classical music - calms my spirit

9/19/13 Thurs
1864. a very messy house - thanking God for a roof over my head though!
1865. someone like to sit up front in the garage

1866. friends who hold me up in prayer

9/20/13 Fri
1868. babysitting & feeling reaffirmed that...
... the only girls who look good w/script or
pictures on their bottoms are THIS age!
1869. battling a cold - trusting God's gonna get it soon!

9/21/13 Sat
1870. a van with 7 grown women in it = community!
1871. lunch gazing over a pond at a retreat of 100+ women

1872. endless beauty from God

9/22/13 Sun
1873. being REDEEMED by the blood of Christ

1874. celebrating a friend - by celebrating her daughter

1875. getting to take our sweet little A to church each Sunday

9/23/13 Mon
1876. coffee beside the LOML
1877. long afternoon nap for the baby
1878. an easy evening

9/24/13 Tues

1879. being a PROMISE - a great big bundle of potentiality
1881. walkabout in pj's w/A

9/25/13 Wed
1882. a Wallaby Wrap - which allowed me to get some things done
& kept the baby very content

1883. harvesting sounds all day & most of the night
1884. lots of color!

9/26/13 Thurs
BONUS #tbt - my dad w/my kids - 1996
1885. tomatoes from the garden - still :)

1886. family dinner at the table - an extra special blessing these days

1887. Barbie dolls & Stepford wives - what my friends who ministered in 3 strip clubs tonight were called GOD IS AT WORK!

9/27/13 Fri

1888. 5:21am wake-up call to hold a bundle of JOY
1889. cherry pop tart w/J

1890. a fallen down fence... but still a great view over the fields!
(date night w/the LOML)

9/28/13 Sat

1891. laughing with J over past silliness

1892. working so much you ache at night - a good feeling of accomplishment
1893. making a room feel more of HERS :)
the love of a mother for her daughter - no matter what

9/29/13 Sun

1894. cool, rainy day - very refreshing

1895. first "pony" ride

1896. friends who feel like family

9/30/13 Mon

1897. sleeping in - a rarity these days!
1898. overcast & cool for the morning walkabout

1899. CAbi party to support BOHO Ministry - girl time :)

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