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1000 Thanks

on March 25, 2012

What a beautiful day!  The sun is out and the birds are chirping.  One of the trees in our backyard has bloomed and it is so beautiful!  Vivian painted a little bird feeder last week and it has been hanging on the tree.  We have not seen any birds feeding from it yet…hopefully we do.  I am thinking maybe the bright colors are not that inviting, but we will keep looking and maybe one day we will catch a bird or two.










See the little orange thing hanging from the tree?  That is the bird feeder!









She is so proud of her little bird feeder!

The wonderful day and the beautiful tree I shall add to my thankful list.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2 NIV

The thankful list I keep is part of the Joy Dare that Ann Voskamp has going at A Holy Experience blog.  The list is based on her book One Thousand Gifts.  She explains it perfectly on her blog as this:

This crazy Joy Dare to do it all over again because I need it, to make this the habit before all the other habits — the joy habit — and count a full 1000 gifts in 2012. He deserves all my thanks and it’s impossible to give thanks and simultaneously feel fear. Woman with the soul amnesia — she keeps remembering and needing to remember again.

Just three gifts a day.

The whole earth is full of His glory.

By the end of the year if I write down three things per day that I am thankful for I should have 1000!  It really has opened my eyes and drawn me closer to Him.  On days when things are wonderful it is so easy to write down words on the lines.  On days when the day goes horribly and I want a “do over” it is hard to write down those words but it challenges me to see the gifts even in the muck.  I am enjoying the dare and look forward to taking the moments to show thanks to God for all he blesses us with.

Each month Ann shares a Joy Dare sheet which I have shown here behind my 1000 gifts notebook.

Off to the park it is too nice to stay inside!



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