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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!

12 September 2016

#JoyDare No. 4763 a Coop with a View

There are so many "chores" in life that seem unpleasant. Cleaning out a chicken coop would be one of those! And yet, even in the unpleasant things of life, we can find beauty. As I was shoveling "dirty" pine shavings into a box to carry to the compost pile the other day, I thought how most people would NOT want that chore. It's no fun to shovel then dump... shovel then dump... shovel then dump
. The area that needs the most attention is directly under where the chickens roost at night. Although the hens are out & about roaming the acreage in the fresh air as I work, I'm inside a 12x12 coop with chicken wire for windows and less than excellent ventilation. I am also painfully mindful that I'm shoveling in a hazard zone under those rungs... whether it's banging my head on one above me or discovering that there's something not-so-pleasant hanging right over my head!

I had almost finished up that chore when my mind said, "Wonder what view they have from their roost as they get ready for the darkness of night & wake with the sun each day. I carefully raised my head to what would be their eye level while roosting. What I saw was a great reminder that often when we look up or around from our tasks, chores, challenges... we will see something of beauty.

Our hens have a "Room with a View" aka a coop with a view :)

Counting 3 blessings daily with the One Thousand Gifts Community. Thankful for the challenge extended by Ann Voskamp several years ago to choose to see beauty in the everyday things around us!


  1. This is a good reminder. I tend to get stuck in the "I really don't want to do this" feeling of unpleasant chores and forget to look up.

    1. Thanks Barbara... I have a tendency to do that as well :/ It's good to keep each other accountable :)

  2. This reminded me of a story that Danny Silk talks about regarding his daughter and cleaning out the chicken coop! (I think it's a children's book too now!) I'm sure I have a few 'chicken coop' projects of my own!

    1. :) Yes... we get those "types" of things even IF we don't have chickens!! Thanks for stopping by, reading & commenting Karrilee!!