Monday, April 14, 2014

62 Joys



OK…this is a first. 

I’ve gone an entire month not “reporting in” my joy count. 

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been counting though.  Because as Ann Voskamp, who inspired me to take a Joy Dare wrote:

‎"Habits can imprison you & habits can free you & when thanks to God becomes a habit-- then joy in God becomes *your life!*"

Once you make it a habit to count joys, it becomes part of you.  It’s never too late for you to take the Joy Dare and record the joys that God brings to your daily life.  Get a journal book, start a blog, write it on a chalk board…whatever!  Just count and give God the praise for it!

I’ve been writing over here about the passionate love God has for us the past few weeks.  Now it’s my turn to give love back to Him.  I give Him the gift of my joy.  The Bible says to “thank God in all circumstances”. (1 Thess. 5:18)  So, I’m loving on God by thanking Him for the gifts He’s given me. 

Here it goes…a little late but never too late. {and you’re invited to keep going down because I reached a milestone!}

#1959  our washer and dryer

#1960  neighbors to join together to help each other in our yards picking up broken tree branches

#1961  protection from ice storm



#1962  didn’t loose electricity

#1963  beauty in ice even though can cause trouble





#1964  cheering on another who’s counting joys and reaches 1000!

#1965  sharing a dream with a friend in a laundry mat

#1966  meeting in bakery with odd sort of gals who’d never all met before to go through Restless

#1967  daughter playing with neighborhood girls

#1968  a fun sign in Hobby Lobby


#1969  opportunity to wholly trust the Lord after having to cancel and reschedule brunch for 400 women

#1970  group of women who’re trusting God has this!

#1971  Gathering with over 350 women to fellowship over delicious food, the story of a mother and daughter overcoming cancer, and several other women being beautifully vulnerable to share their trust story.





#1972  taking pictures of women having a fun time!


#1973  women worshipping the Lord in music, hands raised, all praise to God


#1974  the song: “Oceans” by Hillsong United

#1975  husband calling me from the other side of town to see if I see the sunset

#1976  buying daughter a new bike

#1977  I’m finding joy in being restless

#1978  hearing the gifts, sufferings, people, places and passions of other women in Panera one morning each week.


#1979  a friend cheering us on

#1980  free tickets to ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament game…thanks DeAngelos!


#1981  friends who play with our kids while hubby and I go on the tourney date and spoils them…thanks Smallings!

#1982  glorious sunrise

#1983  sun shining through fog on drive to school in the a.m.  ( I wish I could’ve gotten pictures!)

#1984  the joy of sun after several dreary days

#1985  glorious first day of spring….promise



#1986  the bird swinging loudly and boldly on the tree beside our house


#1987  a small room prayer room where a few people 70 and older meet together to pray for our church


#1988  reading the Word on the porch

#1989  meeting for the first time and having a conversation with a neighbor I didn’t know while volunteering at picture day at middle school…what joy she has through Christ!  Hearing her story as she battles breast cancer was a gift to me…because she’s being a gift to so many others in battle with her.

#1990  seeing the joy through others that can only come through Christ

#1991  80* day

#1992  sun shining through Bradford Pear flowers


#1993  Mollie can always make me laugh

#1994  family coming to visit

#1995  little kids running!


#1996  going to the Harlem Globe Trotters basketball game for family night!


#1997  The Spirit giving me a nudge…and the same nudge to a few others…having no idea we were thinking the same thing

#1998  surrendering and praying those gut prayers with sisters

#1999  starting to make some plans 

#2000  My hubby surprising me with a new camera lens!



#2001  finding 2000 joys!!!!

#2002  goal to find 1000 more!


#2003  colorful pansies (even if they’re sprinkled with a little bit of pollen)

#2004  proud of son having a great, spring soccer season so far

#2005  opportunity to trust God

#2006  hearing stories from new believers and excitement that oozes from them!

#2007  a friend telling the story of a goat, a road and prayers and it being a real example and proof of how God really does answer prayers according to his will.

#2008  how I get chocked up every time I tell me latest “God moment”.

#2009  completing Restless with a that crazy group

#2010  celebrating a birthday with friends

#2011  sun-setting rays stretching through clouds over the interstate on the ride home from a soccer game


#2012  first smell of the spring of freshly cut grass

#2013  it’s a joy beyond measure that Christ died ‘to present me holy in his sight, without blemish”. (Colossians 1:21)  Me?  Holy in His sight?!  Amazing grace! Amazing love!

#2014  taking pictures on a spring day with my daughter

#2015  watching daughter taking pictures with her own camera



#2015  watching daughter taking pictures with her own camera


#2016  my daughter’s class performing at school for multicultural event…love those kids!


#2017  my daughter’s 5th grade teacher who loves on them well and teaches them well.

#2018  our family participating in a Sadar Meal…or “The Messianic Passover Haggadah” where we experienced the festival that originated thousands of years ago to remember the first, real Passover, where God brought the Israelites out of slavery.  What a special and beautiful occasion.


#2019  beautiful weekend for a soccer tournament

#2020  proud of son who was given a new position on the field and scored all the goals in the first 2 games!


#2021  being paraded down the highway with red bud trees in bloom waving their beauty branches at us for miles as we zoom by.



  1. I'm a fellow gratitude gatherer enjoying my visit here from Ann's!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and I visited your space. Such beautiful photography! I'll be stopping by again! Glad to visit with you!

  2. I'm here from Ann's. Great list. And congratulations on reaching 2000 joys!

    1. Thank you! It's a joy to reach it! Good to see you again!