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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!

13 January 2015

2014 December ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

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

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I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012... continued in 2013... and am almost done with 2014! 

Today I find JOY in...

12/1/14 Mon
3175. friends, family & faith - fond memories from the weekend

3176. Christmas decorations at a local church

3177. sitting by a friend who is now sleeping in a hospice bed and who is physically getting closer & closer to God by the moments
My Facebook post for this night: 
I'm so thankful for the beliefs I hold in my heart and for the encouragement, strength & peace that they bring... often times unexplainable... always true!

12/2/14 Tues
3178. waking up to another day of wondering
3179. promises
3180. friends bringing food & sharing love

12/3/14 Wed
3182. reminders of truth
3183. standing on the promises tonight
12/4/14 Thurs
3184. dishes done by someone else in these busy days!
3185. finally published the Nov #JoyDare List
3186. pictures of pictures... that will always mean something special

12/5/14 Fri
3187. 4 hours of sleep = lots of time to pray :)
3188. claiming that my friend will be healed
3189. wondering... waiting... trusting

12/6/14 Sat
3190. working, working, working around the house while texting with a friend
3191. 6:57pm Heavenly HomeGoing for a DEAR Friend
3192. my church & small group family... they're life savers!

12/7/14 Sun
3193. being at church after such a rough week -- even if we were VERY late :/
3194. Christmas decorating begun
3195. Christmas program for a 23-month old

12/8/14 Mon
3196. morning thoughts:
3197. sharing silly stories & being loved by friends
3198. my noisy small group :)

12/9/14 Tues
3199. cuddling with a sick little one
3200. an adult daughter who decorates for me
3201. chipping away at projects around the house

12/10/14 Wed
3202. strawberry/banana protein smoothie
3203. safe travels for our 2 college kids (son & his fiance')
3204. pizza party & watching Elf

12/11/14 Thurs
3205. winter walkabout
3206. my talented daughter
3-screen screen print
3207. going to bed early to be ready for tomorrow

12/12/14 Fri
3208. appt w/doctor about headaches lately
- praying it's nothing
3209. celebrating a dear friend's life & heavenly home-going
(insert pic from memorial service)
3210. nap from 4:45pm to 8:15pm then a little work for my daughter's website...

12/13/14 Sat
3211. fussy baby resulted in an early Saturday morning with all the family members sitting in the great room enjoying coffee & PBS kids shows
3212. matinee of A Christmas Carol was SO fun with Ayla this year
3213. Veggie Tales Christmas movies w/a soon-to-be 2 y/o

12/14/14 Sun
church clothes for today
3214. meeting up with inlaws for lunch after church
3215. it's time for my SnowBear dishes :)
3216. a hard working hubby
(project xxx for the weekend - replacing the broken dishwasher)
12/15/14 Mon
3217. a warm kitty sleeping on my feet & snoring as I awoke today :)
3218. catching up on my #JoyDare posts
3219. reminiscing about December 15th a few years ago w/BnK

12/16/14 Tues
3220. doing dishes in the laundry room
(means that at some point the LOML will get the NEW dishwasher installed)
3221. a daughter who decorates & adds strands of lights to the so-called pre-lit Christmas tree
3222. Jimmy John's for dinner
(because I was DONE with doing dishes in the laundry room for the day!)

12/17/14 Wed
3223. a walkabout & fresh air - even though I have laryngitis

3224. accomplishing a few chores even though I don't feel that great
3225. dinner for 5

BONUS: getting that ONE shot when you only have enough memory to take ONE shot
If I was a professional photographer
I might call this shot the MONEY!
12/18/14 Thurs
3227. a physician who lets people know where he stands

dry erase board in my physician's Exam Room
3228. held hostage in my car
by the lyrics
in THIS song
Slow Fade
12/19/14 Fri
3229. crazy cool reaction to one of my pairings
On the page for 2 days and seen by HOW MANY!?!?
3230. reminders of the LIGHT of the world

3231. safe travels for my sister coming to visit from NC

12/20/14 Sat
3232. texting & instant messaging
(what a blessing for communication - especially with no voice
3233. phone conversation w/my mom via my sister's voice & me writing down things
3234. a care package hand delivered by the in-laws

12/21/14 Sun
3235. church family members who send me pics when I miss church to keep me connected
3236. pumpkin muffins shared with me by the MIL
3237. easy walk outside with a talking sister & my regular walking partner
12/22/14 Mon
3238. crazy people in my town
3239. a K-Mart Kristmas :)
3240. a wonderful share from a friend... an app for text to talk!!!
12/23/14 Tues
3242. doctor's visit... and WAITING!!!
3243. discouraged... but loved by friends & family :)

12/24/14 Wed
3244. DAY EIGHT and a little whisper... progress!
3245. present wrapping big sissy!
3246. Cookies for Santa
12/25/14 Thurs
3247. laughter & dancing & opening gifts with loved ones
3248. south Florida traditions brought up to the land of stuckinindiana
3249. safe travels & reunited
12/26/14 Fri
3250. over the river & through the woods...
3251. re-gifting
(I am working on a post about this)
3252. the simplest things
12/27/14 Sat
3253. coffee & almond butter crunch in bed
3254. lots of resting!
3255. safe travels for my big sissy :)

12/28/14 Sun
3256. a day in bed resting
3257. hope for someone's future
3258. a hint of a VOICE

12/29/14 Mon
3259. morning frost

3260. a little bit of a frog voice - HOORAY!!!!!
3261. fresh fruit & cottage cheese
12/30/14 Tues
3262. mystery solved
I was wondering WHY there were no birds at the feeder outside the window when I spotted this in the lilac bush a few yards from the feeder

3263. supporting great causes
Stripped Love
because #LoveHeals
3264. a warm home & comfy bed

12/31/14 Wed
3265. being able to talk again
although I do sound pretty gruff
3266. being home almost all day with only the LOML
3267. family night at home
DECEMBER 2014 #1000Gifts #JoyDare


  1. Hello Indiana Girl,

    I didn't read all these, but what a huge list to scroll down through, huh? What a great God he is, and what a necessary discipline it is and has been to me too to teach my heart to find and see God's gifts to us. Even the hard ones.

    Rejoicing with you at what God will be doing in our hearts and minds with him,
    Jennifer Dougan

  2. Thank you for stopping by Jennifer!!! You are so right... the list is long!! I've considered dividing it into a few posts per month, as opposed to just one. Either way... I AM SO BLESSED daily - even in the hard times!! I enjoy reading your posts & am excited about what God will be doing in our hearts & minds in the coming year :D Thanks again for the comment! c