Wednesday, October 23, 2013

September/October Eucharisteo #1000gifts #joydare

I've been doing the Joy Dare on Twitter all year, but I haven't been over there to post since school started. So rather than posting 30+ tweets all at once, I'm grouping my recent gratitude posts together here.

A gift warm, cool, sun-soaked: 1) Jeff's hands 2) Crisp fall air 3) Trampoline

3 gifts autumn: 1) Leaves slapping on pavement 2) High school football 3) Crackling fire

3 gifts growing: 1) My children's faith 2) My marriage 3) Roses in my kitchen window

3 gifts given: 1) Jeana's time 2) Jeana's talent 3) Jeana's treasure

A gift made, masked, marveled: 1) God's plan 2) God's plan 3) God's plan

3 gifts framed: 1) Celia's birthday card 2) Redwood painting 3) Pauline Astor by John Singer Sargent

3 gifts moving: 1) Mama 2) Hour and minute hands on living room clock 3) Aslan

3 hard eucharisteo: 1) Influenza 2) Sternoclavicular joint popping in and out 3) Osteoarthritis

3 gifts in His Word: 1) "It is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." Proverbs 19:21. 2) "Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced." Esther 8:15 3) "There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries." Daniel 2:28

A gift scented, scrawled, started: 1) Grandma's perfume 2) Grandma's journal entries from the 1940's 3) Grace Wedding decor

3 gifts drawn: 1) James's wolf 2) Jonathan's dragons 3) Lyla's dogsled team

3 gifts paired: 1) Jeff and me 2) Joy and sorrow 3) Sun and rain

3 gifts shared: 1) Talent 2) Time 3) Treasure

3 gifts ugly-beautiful: 1) Torrential downpours 2) Headaches 3) Chronic illness which gives me time to write

A gift fixed, folded, freckled: 1) Keurig 2) Aprons from Grandma 3) Jonathan's nose

3 gifts in conversation: 1) Via chat with Jeana 2) Listening to Jeff 3) Sharing life with Celia

3 gifts in salvation: 1) Unending matchless grace which covers everything 2) The substitutionary life of Jesus 3) Being already righteous

3 gifts in information: 1) The hometown feel of the Lake Stevens Journal 2) Unbiased reporting about 522 3) The price of a cord of wood

A gift rattling, receding, reclaiming: 1) Tin of buttons 2) Jeff's hairline 3) Redemption from the past

3 gifts quiet: 1) Sleeping babies 2) Morning meditation 3) God's voice

3 gifts funny: 1) God's sarcasm 2) Jonathan's stream-of-consciousness jokes 3) Dad's one-liners

3 gifts finished: 1) The work of Christ 2) Dating 3) Having small children

3 gifts flourishing: 1) My roses 2) My marriage 3) God's grace

A gift unexpected, uneven, unpopular: 1) Vintage flour sifter 2) My teeth 3) My relationship with Christ

3 gifts shy: 1) Cousins reunited 2) Friends reunited 3) Me with the neighbors

3 gifts shelved: 1) My past 2) Old Country Roses 3) Denim for rug and quilt

3 gifts shining: 1) Jesus with a flaming sword 2) James's eyes 3) Jonathan's grin after his baptism

3 gifts orange: 1) Jonathan's baptismal attire 2) The leaves of my wild Rhody 3) The misty drive to the school and back

3 gifts falling: 1) The temperature 2) The mist 3) The leaves

A gift caught, let go, midway: 1) Excitement about Halloween costumes 2) Bitterness 3) Lifestyle changes

3 gifts reaped: 1) Joy 2) Sons who know God 3) Good relationships with nieces and nephews

3 gifts returned: 1) Help sorting and moving 2) Comfort after suicide 3) Listening ears

3 gifts redeemed: 1) Me 2) Jeff 3) Our sons

A gift baked, stirred, eaten: 1) My well-beloved chocolate chip cookies 2) Pasta al dente 3) Dark chocolate

3 gifts prayed for: 1) Restoration with beloved family 2) Strength 3) Guidance

3 gifts praised for: 1) Completion of household tasks 2) Kids making good choices 3) Warm house

3 hard eucharisteo: 1) Abdominal pain 2) Loneliness 3) Disorganization

3 gifts of change: 1) Location 2) Routine 3) Responsibilities

A gift small, smaller, smallest: 1) Antique toy gun 2) Square nail 3) Old, worn button

3 gifts read: 1) Comforts from Romans by Elyse Fitzpatrick 2) Free historical fiction eBooks 3) Living Scripture

3 gifts said: 1) Jeff wants to stay with me 2) Grandpa Foster bought paintings from a struggling soul to help him out 3) YouTubers are crazy

3 gifts re-read: 1) Favorite novels 2) Favorite verses 3) Old love notes from Grandpa to Grandma

3 gifts burning: 1) Wood in our living room stove 2) The sun 3) The light of God that shines brighter than the sun

3 gifts ugly-beautiful: 1) Suicide survival 2) Things to confess 3) Teal things

A gift shared, saved, surrendered: 1) The gospel 2) Me 3) My I-don't-really-have-chronic-illness expectations for myself

3 gifts unexpected: 1) Jeff 2) James 3) Jonathan

3 gits unconventional: 1) Italian chef utensil holder 2) Giant fabric chicken 3) Emery board

3 gifts undervalued: 1)Grace 2) Mercy 3) Forgiveness

A gift silent, still, strong: 1) The grave 2) The air 3) Jeff

3 gifts begun: 1) Joy Dare 2) The trunk 3) Knitting projects