Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April's Joy Dare

I am taking the Joy Dare and counting to {an extra} 1,000 Gifts in 2012! Will you join me?

#274 - #363... April's grace-gifts... from the Giver of good gifts, the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

3 gifts round:
:: My man and my little man playing basketball on our driveway.
:: Bags bulging round filled with food for the Food Bank! ♥
:: Fellow church leaders sitting in a round circle meeting together over lunch.

3 gifts white:
:: Stacked of white papers = income tax returns, all filed!
:: White flower buds on my Pachysandra plants.
:: Winding down the day with just some white noise.

3 gifts surprisingly found:
:: Some extra time to blog in-spite of a super busy day!
:: My boy's bed neatly made. :-)
:: Leftovers, turned into a yummy lunch!

3 gifts in His Word:
:: 2 Corinthians 9:8-15... especially how it it worded in The Message! Just. Wow!
:: 1 Corinthians 15:55-58... thankful for victory through Jesus!
:: "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples — when they see the love you have for each other." (John 13:34-35, The Message).

3 gifts @ 11am, 2pm, 6pm:
:: The aroma of bacon frying... mmmmm!
:: Finishing up my work day early.
:: My family all together at day's end.

3 gifts nailed together:
:: Jesus' nail-pierced hands... for my sins.
:: New garden boxes to grow veggies in the backyard!
:: A wooden lattice for climbing plants.

3 gifts waited for:
:: Time to revamp my front garden.
:: Slow-roasted chicken. Yum!
:: Spring!

3 gifts rising up:
:: Tender plants...
:: Beautiful sunshine!
:: Praise... on Easter Sunday morning! ♥

a gift hiding, held, heard:
:: Pachysandra plants underneath dried up grasses... ready for transplanting!
:: Garden dirt. :-)
:: Birds chirping.

3 gifts opened up:
:: Adult hearts opened up by youth testimonies.
:: Teachable moments while volunteering at my boy's school.
:: Door to the backyard letting the Spring breeze into the kitchen.

3 gifts budding/blooming:
:: My flaming yellow Forsythia bush!
:: Tulips! ♥
:: Budding shrubs all over my garden.

3 gifts worn:
:: My Crocs!
:: Waking up with fleece PJs on cold Spring mornings.
:: My plaid Spring coat.

3 gifts bright:
:: The sun... it's been shining all week long!
:: Bright HOPE for tomorrow... for children sponsored through Compassion!
:: Bright news... a merit increase at work!

3 gifts found looking up:
:: Beautiful clear blue skies.
:: Help from the Lord!
:: Birds singing their songs!

a gift in a bag, in a box, in a book:
:: Leftover food doggy-bagged... tomorrow's lunch!
:: Old clothes boxed up for charity.
:: Friendship In The Margins by Heuertz and Pohl.

3 hard eucharisteos:
:: A chronic condition.
:: Coming to an acceptance of things hard to understand...
:: Busy seasons in life...

3 gifts woven together:
:: Faith.
:: Hope.
:: Love.

3 gifts inherited:
:: My kids' love for the game of basketball.
:: My grandma's trivet... and,
:: Her old blue cooking pot.

3 gifts square:
:: A new front-yard garden "square" in the works! :-)
:: The many conversations around our almost square dining table.
:: Our cozy queen bed... a place to rest a tired body each night.

a gift stacked, stashed, stilled:
:: Clean dishes in the cupboard! ♥
:: Letters from our Compassion children stashed in folders!
:: Newborns being stilled by their mommies... saw quite a few this week.

3 gifts found in Christ:
:: The Way.
:: The Truth.
:: The Life.

3 gifts close:
:: Leaf buds... still closed... yet full of promise.
:: Tired eyes... closing to sleep at the end of a busy day.
:: When God closes the door, He always opens a window! ♥

3 gifts reflecting:
:: On a busy but amazingly awesome week.
:: Sunshine through my home office window.
:: On how "hurry always empties a soul..."

3 gifts fragile:
:: How my mind can sometimes be... thankful for grace.
:: Certain relationships... thankful for grace.
:: Emotions on certain days... thankful for grace.

a gift cloth, steel, wood:
:: Purple jerseys... my boy's school basketball team's awesome season.
:: Our still trusty 15-year-old station wagon.
:: Wooden spoon stirring batter for chocolate cupcakes.

3 gifts moving:
:: Hands moving to ice cupcakes for a birthday boy.
:: Hands moving on the keyboard... earning a wage.
:: Hands moving to sew a costume for a school play.

3 gifts "ugly beautiful":
:: Opportunity to be an influence to children at my boy's school... can be tough at times.
:: Speaking the truth in love...
:: Talking to my boy about life's hard things...

3 gifts orange:
:: My home office walls.
:: Freshly-squeezed orange juice!
:: My Roots purse! ♥

3 gifts in dirt:
:: Hands digging in Spring's garden dirt! ♥
:: Chives sprouting up from dirt in plant pot.
:: Dirt in mounds waiting to be cultivated.

a gift given, made, sacrificed:
:: A thank-you gift for my son's basketball coach.
:: Home-made dinner... after many nights of eating out.
:: Time to read... opting for sleep instead.

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