I’m pursuing the “Joy Dare”
A real dare! It goes like this: in 2012 can I make a conscious effort to write down one thousand gifts? (That means roughly three a day!) These gifts are more than just things, they are graces from God.
Can I mark that many ways that God shows me love?
I’ve been writing down gifts for the last three years. But my annotations were intermittent. (It took me two years to get to 500.) Climbing to one thousand more in 2012 takes an effort! But this dare is aptly named: A Joy Dare, because I’m finding real joy even on days filled with chaos and confusion; I look for beauty in the ugly mess. It’s become for me a habit: repeatedly giving God praise – for everything.
It’s not too late to start this dare. Perhaps it could be reworded?
I dare you to notice God at work in your life.
Some of my list (from its beginnings back in November 2008 but with up-to-date photos)…
6. A healthy family
11. Authentic refried beans
35. Blue sky days
702. Texting blessings
279. Family discussion with tears
833. Smiles noted when someone unexpectedly lends a helping hand
1010. Foot pain
1013. A cheerleading friend.
Want to start this dare in your family but worried about where to find God’s graces? Might I point you to help? Click here for a wonderful list – a way to capture God’s gifts – three a day all through February!
Photos are from my archives.
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