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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!

26 January 2015


JANUARY 2015 - 1 of 3
based upon One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare
I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012... continued in 2013... and 2014! 
Now, I'm headed into 2015 :) GOD IS FULL OF BLESSINGS!

Today I find JOY in...

1/1/15 Thurs
3268. sleeping in after a late night :)
3269. choosing a word for the year... GRATITUDE

3270. the love & support of FAMILY

New Year's Day dinner with practically no voice & definitely no energy

1/2/15 Fri
3271. getting to spend the day at home with my 2 favorite red-haired girls
3272. celebrating the pregnancy of a friend & her hubby

who have been trying for YEARS & YEARS!

3273. finally feeling almost 99% = very productive day

1/3/15 Sat
3274. great memories with family

3275. Lawrence Welk & an almost-2-yr-old

3276. funny friends

1/4/15 Sun
some one is 25 - wha-WHAT!?!
3277. awesome church with the family
3278. birthday celebrations

3279. Downton Abbey party in the basement family room :)

1/5/15 Mon
3280. answered prayer - a friend's horse went missing when they were at church yesterday & is home now :D

3281. birdfeeders just outside my window

3282. falling snow & a warm fire

1/6/15 Tues
3283. 7" of snow - so pretty

3284. trying to NOT be bothered by my neighbor's gigantic pole barn

3285. gorgeous sunset

1/7/15 Wed
3286. 2-hr delay for my sweet girls

3287. guests at the bird feeders:
blue jay, male pileated woodpecker, cardinals :)
3289. acorn squash from the garden!

1/8/15 Thurs
3290. air temp -8 on the 8th; wind chill -20

and a WARM HEATED SAFE HOME - what a blessing

3291. naked poets - a quote shared by a friend

"The poet always stands naked before the world!" -- Allen Ginsberg
and... I would add the writer, as well
3292. Shemar Moore
(comment or message me if you want more info on this one)

1/9/15 Fri
3293. trying to shine a light on what needs to be seen

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month
The tender bonds of love are far stronger
than the heavy chains of fear.
3294. even -8 zero can be a little beautiful

3295. ham dinner served at 9:30pm to the kids who just got in from the drive from Atlanta

1/10/15 Sat
3296. sitting by a fire AND the Christmas tree with the entire family!
3297. beautiful day & sunset

3298. the LOML's sense of humor...
A certain LOML (actually the only LOML) just replied to something I said with,
"What if monkeys fly out of my butt?"

stay tuned for the next installment for January :)

I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012... continued in 2013... and 2014!
Now, I'm headed into 2015 :) GOD IS FULL OF BLESSINGS!
For other #JoyDare #1000gifts entries... search the blog for the labels:
#1KGiftsJoyDare or #1000Gifts

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