I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

10 Dec

joy *is* found in counting! {986-1000}

It started back in January like this:

1. A place to find joy amidst my sorrow.

And I continued counting.

In sorrow.

In pain.

In happy.

In mundane.

When I didn’t feel like it.

When I was drained.

It was in my little green notebook,

I lessened the pain.

It was true Joy I sought.

Slowly. Surely.

Eucharesteo revealed.

Thanks … it’s in the giving.

Joy … it’s in the counting.

And counting I did,

One through one thousand.

Jotting each joy,

turning sorrow to praise.

And thankful,

so very thankful,

He’s filled my heart with such grace.

986. staging
987. advent with my girls
988. party blogging
989. together in ten
990. true life when we’re connected to the source
991. a night out for momma
992. riding lessons for Wynter
993. elf antics – having way too much fun!
994. a Christmas angel
995. more party planning
996. Bibles for Iran
997. stocking sneaking, tippy-toeing
998. voxing with my sis
999. stovetop fragrance

One Thousand!!

5 years; 4 deployments; and my Army Ranger nephew is home for good!

This journey, this counting … has brought me many blessings. But most important, it’s taught me to find blessings hidden in the mess. I’m not gonna lie, there were days I’d have to scrape at the very depths of my soul to find thanks, to find joy, to find blessing.

But every time, if I was willing … with my heart raw and wide open to receive … there it was.

There He was.

There hidden in my ugly, imperfect mess was the teeniest glimmer of joy. Until it became easier and expected, and not so teeny and difficult to find. It was more than a glimmer and easier to see … this joy journey. This road to eucharisteo.

I’ve counted to one thousand. Written down 1,000 joyful blessings. Tonight I will begin again, starting with 1,001.

Join me? It will change you. There is joy to be found everywhere, anywhere … and no better time to start than now. Shall I dare you?

Posted in 1000 gifts, blessed, brett

3 Dec

the miracle {969-985}

Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle

~ Ann Voskamp, one thousand gifts

969. elf antics
970. new camera love
971. Christmas decorating
972. advent counting
973. birthday celebrating
974. lipstick staying power {it’s the little things}
975. present wrapping
976. friend gathering
977. 3,000 on my birthday
978. spa day with a friend
979. neutralizing and decluttering
980. breathing hope
981. birthday kisses
982. perspective
983. movie night with my girls {it never gets old}
984. love + mercy = grace
985. 1 Peter 5:7

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26 Nov

without trust, how can we fully believe? {948-968}

Without trust in the good news of Jesus, without trust in the good news of God’s saving work even in this moment, without an active, moment-by-moment trust in the good news of an all-sovereign, all-good God, how can we claim to fully believe?

Ann Voskamp, one thousand gifts, page 148

947. projects crossed off the to-do list
948. a movie with the teen
949. a sister band – “The Edge”
950. the 9yo and her heart for encouraging others
951. purging
952. lessons in family heritage
953. a new site design
954. a package “just cuz”
955. she writes and sings her own songs
956. helping with #thebigsale
957. breathing life into his faith
958. possibility of a new treatment
959. memories
960. happy girls exploring old digs
961. my view
962. a day with Terrie – filling each other with love and truth
963. homemade caramel corn
964. my three musketeers
965. a thankful heart
966. Thanksgiving with family
967. reconnecting with friends
968. laughing out loud

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24 Nov

gratitude is but a way of seeing {799-947}

If the heights of our joy are measured by the depths of our gratitude, and gratitude is but a way of seeing, a spiritual perspective of smallness might offer a vital way of seeing especially conducive to gratitude.

Ann Voskamp, one thousand gifts, page 166

799. putting my writing aside to spend the day with my girls
801. “It is finished.” John 19:30
803. the 6yo cleaning her room completely … vacuum usage involved!
807. cream cheese muffin + salted caramel mocha – to start my morning of writing
808. Ole Miss excitement
810. a cover designed
814. coming undone by lessons from the prodigal son
816. my snaggle tooth
821. (in)courager launch with her
832. dolphins in our wake
836. a swing in the middle of nowhere
839. an afternoon movie with my loves
847. HE loves me!
851. 100 on her math test
856. digging deep into God’s Word
862. after work chats with the teen
870. no concussion
872. my own private allume with her
876. freedom of prayer before 1st grade school programs
878. she bought a stack of SAT and college books
883. discernment
885. Emily’s brick at the Billy Graham Library
888. from my 9yo, “I don’t know how you take care of us – you’re a good parent.”
890. continued walk through Colossians
895. kids lounging like cats
910. praying birthday blessings over my new 9yo
926. remembering
930. “Thank you for encouraging mom, I had a really fun time.”
936. uneven bars and her enthusiasm
943. God’s chiseling – He sees me beautiful!

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24 Sep

eucharisteo precedes the miracle {770-798}

piper highlighting verses in the family bible

And He soothes His own restless child in arms with the whisper, law of the universe that He’s writing deep into this heart; Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle, child.

Ann Voskamp, one thousand gifts, page 160

770. in the top 20
771. a morning with my youngest
772. the beginning of Colossians
773. a friend who bring burn cream in slippers
774. record run
775. writing in the rain
776. lessons from king Uzziah
777. she wants to be an artist
778. a box full of sour gummies
779. she’s a nerd and a teacher’s pet
780. knowing I’m enough
782. a family Bible
783. Friday night lights
784. door decor
785. a 10yo & 6yo actually enjoying each others company
786. God’s glory-strength
787. she finally had a sleep over request
788. sleeping in … ’til 7:00
789. concert with friends
790. Scripture diving and revelation
791. early Christmas shopping
792. tuna noodle
793. a brighter kitchen and girls who love it
794. almost done
795. cheeto {the mouse} has left the building
796. the veil was torn
797. He makes beautiful things
798. God’s radio station

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