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A Thankful Heart {Joy Dare}

Thankfulness. I want that to be my heart attitude. Yet, in the craziness and stress of life, being thankful can become the last thing on my mind.  And too often, we think that thankfulness only comes once each year at Thanksgiving.

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you. 

 I Thessalonians 5:18

 A Thankful Heart {Joy Dare}

What a humbling, scary thought. How often do we give thanks?  Do we spend more time grumbling and complaining?  Yes, I realize that I am often guilty of this and, ashamedly, pass this habit on to my children.

Are we looking for the gifts in each day, no matter how small? Are we being intentional in this endeavor? Are we thankful for each thing or person or moment that could be taken away? Or do we spend our time allowing the negative things of the day to take charge?

May you Dare to LIVE FULLY right where you are and embrace God’s gifts all around you daily! –Ann Voskamp

Are you taking the dare~the JOY DARE~ by sweet Ann at A Holy Experience?  List your gifts each day, 3 gifts, counting our way to 1000 gifts.  Keeping a visual reminder of all that we have been blessed with.


A Holy Experience


March Joy Dare:

Day 61~3 Gifts at 3PM: Hugs from my boys, a bird’s song,

Day 62~3 Gifts Green: spring flowers, small grain in the fields, garlic growing

Day 63~3 Gifts Wore: New sweater, diffuser necklace, coin machine ring from son

Day 64~3 Gifts Hard to Give Thanks for: Suffering, Pain in the past, New beginnings

Day 65~3 Gifts Found: Lost toy, present hidden long ago to give, restored peace

Day 66~A Gift Bent, Broken, Beautiful: a favorite tool, flower pot, paper airplane flown my way with “I Love You”

Day 67~3 Gifts in the Kitchen: Cookies from oven, fresh fruit, clean stove

Day 68~3 Gifts Loud: Laughter, music, cows that moo

Day 69~3 Gifts Carved: Wooden stick made by son, I Love U in stick, Cradle to Cross Wreath,

Day 70~3 Gifts in Christ: Salvation, Grace, Love

Day 71~3 Gifts Read: Scripture, 1000 Gifts, sweet notes from my sons

Day 72~ Gift in Wind, Water, White: Flying kites, fresh rain, puffy clouds


And today Ann has a special surprise at her blog…a way to spread the joy.

Have a wonderful day!


I’m linking up with: Multitudes on MondaysThe Better Mom, These Five of Mine plus Two, The Straightened Path, The Modest Mom, Barn Hop, Growing Home, Far Above Rubies, Time Warp Wife, Proverbs 31 Thursday, Raising Arrows, Raising Homemakers, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Deep Roots at Home





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Mary Clendenin

About Mary Clendenin

Mary Clendenin lives on the family farm with her husband and 2 sons, whom she home schools. She enjoys farm life with her guys, gardening and making memories with her family. She loves to help others learn how to live a healthier lifestyle, learn about natural remedies and how to do business at home. Mary believes that home and family is your first ministry and a legacy that will live on long after you are gone.


  • I’ve been an irregular participant in Ann Voskamp’s “Joy Dare”…but I”m so loving it anyways 😉 🙂 It’s really cool…and what’s even better is to look back and see all the different things that made us smile throughout the year. One of the lady’s in my Bible study graciously printed this out for us…and also printed out Ann’s “A Year of GRaces”…so cool 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  • Lori says:

    I blogged about this topic today, too. Even in the midst of circumstances that don’t make us happy, we can choose to be thankful. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Kasey says:

    I haven’t been a part of this, but I LOVE the concept! Practicing an attitude of gratitude has got to be one of the healthiest things we can do!

    • Mary says:

      I love this and Ann’s blog…it is so soothing to me. Sometimes I will just have her blog playing while I am working/writing. I love the 1000 gifts/Joy Dare…I don’t always keep up with it, but it changes my attitude when I do.

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