Sunday, September 30, 2012

September's Joy Dare

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

#733 - #822... September's grace-gifts... from the Giver of good gifts, the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

3 gifts summer:
:: Warm weather!
:: Beautiful sunshine!
:: Colourful flowers!

3 gifts cut:
:: Plans cut short = a free Sunday afternoon!
:: Cut-up fruit = lovely fruit platter.
:: Fresh-cut grass = a tidy lawn!

3 gifts yellow:
:: Yellow mums signalling the nearness of Fall.
:: Yellow bananas, a daily staple at our house.
:: Yellow ruler, used daily as part of my job.

a gift cool, warm, sun-soaked:
:: Cooler evenings! ♥
:: Warm cupcakes, freshly baked.
:: Sun-soaked summer complexion.

3 gifts autumn:
:: Leaves turning into their Fall colours!
:: Sweater season!
:: My jeans come out again. :-)

3 gifts growing:
:: A growing faith... a daily practice of trusting God!
:: A growing boy... a huge appetite!
:: A growing tree... time for a prune and thinning out.

3 gifts given:
:: Extra time at the start of the day to write a blog post.
:: Extra time at the end of the work day to get the week's groceries.
:: Extra time at the end of the evening to relax!

a gift made, masked, marveled:
:: A delivery of a donated baby carseat to a mom going through crisis pregnancy.
:: Lack of sleep masked by my caffeine intake.
:: Gathering with over 400 leaders at our church's launch into this new ministry year.

3 gifts framed:
:: Defining a faith-filled life... framed in this wonderful Sunday morning teaching!
:: Me... so humbled to be framed in with these ordinary radicals!
:: "Fear makes a life small." A beautiful quote by Ann Voskamp framed into our teaching this morning at church.

3 gifts moving:
:: My boy's hands on his Rubik's cube... he mastered this puzzle in just a few short weeks!
:: My girl's hands on the piano... making beautiful music!
:: My hands on the keyboard... an efficient work day.

3 hard eucharisteos:
:: Giving thanks for the unknown...
:: Letting go and letting God...
:: Believing that all will go well...

3 gifts in His Word:
:: These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. ~ Hebrews 6:18-19 NCV.
:: The Lord can always be trusted to show mercy each morning. Deep in my heart I say, "The Lord is all I need; I can depend on (hope in) him!" ~ Lamentations 3:23-24 CEV.
:: Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:12 NIV.

a gift scented, scrawled, started:
:: Late summer hydrangea blooms
:: Today's to-do list.
:: A blog post...

3 gifts drawn:
:: A picture, in words... of the fifteen-year-old me.
:: A plan... for this new ministry year!
:: A vision of how Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy will unfold... friends, just two more weeks to go!!!

3 gifts paired:
:: Encouragement and disappointment... all in one day.
:: My girl and a new friend... paired up to bunk together at Leadership Camp.
:: Rice and curry chicken... great pair on my dinner plate!

3 gifts shared:
:: Sharing my morning verses with my family on the drive to church!
:: Lunch with a new friend from church.
:: My thoughts... for an interview with Maranatha News!

3 gifts ugly-beautiful:
:: My lack of faith... yet God remains faithful!
:: My weakness... yet God gives the needed strength!
:: My doubts... yet God always reassures!

a gift fixed, folded, freckled:
:: An easy dinner.
:: Clothes folded into my girl's suitcase... all ready for Leadership Camp.
:: Freckled moving shadows... from the beautiful sunshine and our ash tree in the back.

3 gifts in conversation:
:: Text conversations with my girl who's away for 4 days this week!
:: Encouraging notes exchanged through Facebook!
:: Chats with hubby just before falling asleep...

3 gifts in salvation:
:: Freedom.
:: Security.
:: Acceptance.

3 gifts in information:
:: Helps us to become aware.
:: Informs us of facts.
:: Compels us to act in response.

a gift rattling, receding, reclaiming:
:: Rattling noise... my boy solving his Rubik's cube.
:: Anxiety receding... as I learn to trust God more and more.
:: Reclaiming peace... knowing God is always good.

3 gifts quiet:
:: A quiet and restful weekend.
:: A quiet whisper... from The One who knows my heart.
:: A quiet worship song... sang together with our church family.

3 gifts funny:
:: My boy and his penchant for joke-telling.
:: Funny stories told around the dinner table.
:: Laughing with a friend about a funny situation.

3 gifts finished:
Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy, just four days away!
:: Video editing, finished.
:: Project Info Sheet, finished.
:: Programme Booklet, finished.

3 gifts flourishing:
:: Fall mums in pot by the front door.
:: Fall colours...
:: Pumpkin patches... all along the road on the drive to a local farm.

a gift unexpected, uneven, unpopular:
:: My calmness on the eve of Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy.
:: Though undeserving, I am a recipient of Grace! ♥
:: Being an ordinary radical...

3 gifts shy:
:: Just shy of the $30,000 goal for Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy... going into event day and anticipating God to do great things!
:: My boy and me... folding 800 programmes for Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy... finished just shy of the two hour mark! :-)
:: Collecting back all unsold tickets... just shy of the goal... yet still believing God to accomplish His goal, not mine!

3 gifts shelved:
:: My One Thousand Gifts book, after being signed by its author! ♥
:: Eucharisteo: A Celebration of Joy, as a project... but joy will keep on multiplying!
:: Saturday grocery shopping... not going to happen on a day like today!

3 gifts shining:
:: God's face... shining down on me!
:: Lovely sunshine on this beautiful Autumn Sunday!
:: Becoming blameless and pure, children of God... shining like stars in the sky!

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