One Thousand Gifts — January Joy Dare


January Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

January 8.  light that caught you,     morning sun in my eyes as I awake

a reflection that surprised you,     the reflection of his mother across my husband’s face

a shadow that fell lovely –    the  sun through the blinds across this sweet face

January 9.

a gift in your hand,    a little girl that says, “hand, hand” reaching up as we walk together;

  a gift you walk by,   stepping pavers laid three times until the Farmer got them right for me

a gift you sat with   sitting with a dear saintly friend laughing,  praying, . . . weeping

January 10.

 a gift that is sour,   fresh lemon juice in my tea

a gift that is sweet    Yummy,  See’s dark chocolates with nuts

and a gift that is just right   my bed at night is just right

January 11.three yellow things that strike you as fresh mercy

I always smile at Yellow roses

dandelions they are so persistent

the golden yellow of a fresh range free egg

January 12.

something above you,   Skylights, I love skylights

something below you,   hardwood floors

something beside you   the Farmer as we walk hand in hand

January 13.three sounds you hear

the tractor engine, it tells me the Farmer busy having fun

the tick of the clock  – take time for God

the hummmmmm of my computer, electricity lives in my house

January 14.three ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God

when the nurse said “this one isn’t going to make it,”
God said “I’ve just begun”

my anchor holds

Mal 3:6  For I am the Lord, I do not change;

Gifts 138–155

Published in: on January 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm  Comments (1)  

Five Minute Friday — Vivid Eyes

For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited. We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Today’s Prompt  —  VIVID

Joining with


As usual I read a few 5MF’s to see what others are writing about, a couple wrote about the vividness of the color of flowers and yes, I do appreciate that color.

My mind went another direction. I thought about the vividness of the memories of the first time I looked into my baby’s eyes.

#1  —  Baby girl   born 9 weeks early, tiny with deep blue eyes.

#2  —  Baby boy  born on his due day, looking like my brothers with blue          eyes.

#3  —  Baby girl born 15 days late, oh look, brown eyes like her father.

#4  —  Baby boy born 10 days late, again dark brown eyes.

#5  —  Baby girl born 10 days late, blue eyes shining and bright.

I can close my eyes and see their eyes waiting to. . .  LOOK !


I don’t have pictures available of baby eyes, so I’ll share this one of eyes all grown up and still looking.

back row  #2, #4,#1    front row  #5, #3

Published in: on January 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm  Comments (2)