Monday, October 1, 2012

Taking the Joy Dare ~ Day 1

I'm taking on Ann Voskamp's challenge this month...

If we are to live differently, then we must see differently...

As October so beautifully escorts in a calmer, reflective, more deliberate season...I'm going to purposefully look for the three gifts (mercies) listed for each day on this beautiful printable.  Care to join me?  You can find it in the October 1, 2012 post at (Go down to the bottom and click the picture to get to the .pdf...) I do apologize but my links are not working tonight for some odd reason...

So...three gifts orange!

 A Gift Orange

1. The orange leaf on the gray deck of the vacation home where we are staying.

 Dawn at Canaan

2. The orange glow of the  morning waking up in Canaan Valley...and God waking me up to capture it!

3.  The fluffy orange face and tail of the frisky red fox in our driveway as we pulled in from a day's outing.

It was a year ago, while on our Fall vacation, that I picked up and read One Thousand Gifts for the first time, after a dark couple of years.  It has been transforming!  And I re-read it on this trip for renewal and to celebrate a year filled with seeking and finding the new merciful gifts of God that continue to blow my mind!

See you tomorrow for 3 Gifts Falling!



  1. Thank you Denise for posting this on facebook. I have been trying to find my joy again! I believe God used you!

  2. Read Ann's book. Start your list. Gratitude is about perspective and joy is a choice. I'll be excited to hear about your journey, Debbie!

  3. beautiful shots...both of the really stunning! And such a good message to always keep in mind. : )

  4. Your pictures are always beautiful!!! My 3 Orange joys: Pumpkins, My daughter's cat Colby and the beautiful warm orange in the sky of a sunset!

  5. Hi, Denise! So glad you decided to take the Joy Dare...welcome to the team! I just completed my list of 1,000 gifts (over the past one and a half years) and I'm still going! I loved Ann Voskamp's book, too! I believe you will find this listing of His gifts to be life-changing. It's not always easy, especially after the first 100, but it gets easier and it does change one's outlook and attitude on life. Your photos are very pretty, too. And love your blog title! In fact, my post this week was on God's mercies (Lamentations 3:22-24)!
    In His Lo♥e, Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

  6. Thanks, Ann! This book dramatically changed my perspective a year ago and while I have been listing hit or miss over the past year, it is time for me to formalize it as a spiritual discipline. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog, as well!

  7. Gosh Denise, your pictures are always so great and inpiring


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