Joy Dare: {Week 6 – #112-132}

February 13, 2012

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Joy Dare – Week 6

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

112.  My son finishing his 1st semester of homeschooling with straight A’s!
113.  The amazing tutor who helps my son succeed.
114.  Doctors who do precautionary testing.  Say a prayer for me Tuesday morning at 10:30am.
115.  Extra work for my husband this weekend that will bring in much needed income.
116.  Brilliant sunsets painted by the Master Artist.
117.  Rain.
118.  The way the air smells after the rain.
119.  My friend who is battling Crohn’s disease, out of the hospital and feeling better.
120.  Chinese Food.
121.  $10 jeans for my kids at Old Navy!
122.  Enjoying worship in church this morning.
123.  That nothing will ever separate me from His love.
124.  He loves me just where I am.
125.  His Name is a Strong Tower.
126.  That I am safe in the shelter of His wings.
127.  That no matter how deep I go in God, there is always MORE!
128.  BOGO meat sales!
129.  Dove chocolate.  My weak point.
130.  The Parable of the Mustard Seed.  So much good stuff there.
131.  “40 Unforgettabe Dates with Your Mate” – a FREE download to my Kindle last week.
132.  Snuggling with my two youngest in bed while my husband was away.

I am linking up with Ann over at A Holy Experience today as we count our gifts to 1000 and beyond!  Will you join me there?  Or simply leave a comment below and tell me three things you are thankful for today!


  • Reply Charina February 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

    I am so with you at #127. There is always more with God.
    Thankful for my family.
    Thankful for His love!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Ah His goodness overwhelms me!

  • Reply Kerri Smith February 13, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I love the quote you have chosen! Great list….love the Parable of the mustard seed!!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains! Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day!

  • Reply Kandi Slocum February 13, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I am with you on 132 :) But I am thankful for the reason that my husband is away (job which = income, something we have had off and on since the recession thanks to construction)

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Oh I know about that. My husband is in construction as well. He was laid off for 2.5 years and just recently went back to work. It’s temporary, for the next 8-10 months, but we are so grateful!

  • Reply Laura Rath February 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Hi Barbie,
    I’m so there with you on Dove chocolate! :) 
    3 things I’m thankful for today:
    -a day to myself today…I may even forgo the usual cleaning and relax!
    -peace that I can only find in Christ
    -God never ever leaves me. Even when I feel alone, I know He’s there.

    Have a beautiful day! I’ll be praying!
    In Christ,

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Foregoing the cleaning and relaxing sounds like a great plan! Thank you for your prayers today!

  • Reply Rosann February 13, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Praying for your testing on Tuesday morning, friend.   I’m with you on the rain and the smell in the air after the rain.  Love it!  So happy to hear about your hubby’s extra work.  :-)  Wishing you an abundantly blessed week.  

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you so much Rosann!

  • Reply Nikki February 13, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Oh yes–there’s always more with God! He never gets old…. 😉
    Will be thinking and praying for you tomorrow!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks for your prayers friend!

  • Reply kelseyfleming February 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    #124 really hit home for me because no matter how many times I may fail he loves me no matter what. Thanks Barbie for the reminder:)

  • Reply Denise J. Hughes February 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Beautiful sunsets make me think of Him too!

  • Reply Katie February 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Freedom in knowing God is speaking
    Yummy new recipes
    Grace Grace Grace

    • Reply Barbie February 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Wonderful blessings!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Oh I love these! Grace is something I am thankful for every day!

  • Reply Jennifer_StudioJRU February 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Congrats on the straight A’s… I know how much work that is! I love the smell of the air after rain. Dove chocolate… yum. Prayers for you tomorrow morning!

    • Reply Barbie February 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you my friend!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks for your prayers Jennifer!

  • Reply Anonymous February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Love the quote; prayed for you for Tues am…let us know how it goes, if you can…may you sense His peace and love for you…Thankful for His love and that we can always go deeper as you say…Blessings to you :)

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Amen to His love! And thank you for your prayers!

  • Reply charis February 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    the smell after the rain is pretty amazing… Just something about a clean earth… it reminds me how much I also love the smell of a clean child.

    praying for your tests tomorrow! He is your strong tower!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

      Thank you my friend!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      The smell of a clean child! Amen! And thank you for your prayers! I so appreciate them.

  • Reply Caitlin February 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I love the quote at the top! Gratitude is so vital! I have been making a list every night this year of the things I’m thankful for. It really helps you to keep your perspective in check :)

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      It’s so important for us to keep the good things in front of us!

  • Reply Cherie February 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I love #127!  How true that God always has MORE for us!

    • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      So true my friend!

  • Reply Barbie February 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    You’re welcome friend!

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