The Joy Dare

It’s embarrassing.

A drive through two years of blog posts uncovers a pattern of depression and anxiety in the late fall and winter.  If I have joy in the sunlight and new growth of spring and summer, it all shrivels up in late fall and winter.

This week I stumbled upon this: http://www.aholyexperience.com/joy-dares/

Author Ann Voskamp invites us to look for gifts from God each day–the little and large for which we can give thanks.

We can wing it, listing three things a day we discover on our own, or we can use her prompts.There are some really good ones here, and I can’t complain about having some ready-made ideas for those dry days.

http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/JoyDareCollection.pdf

I have decided to record my list in a blog draft and publish it once a month, but I have to change WordPress themes because this one makes every “enter” a new paragraph.  Agh!

I purchased her book One Thousand Gifts and I am enjoying it, though it probably isn’t for everyone. She is a poet–a word foodie–a skilled editor. She uses apt metaphors and trims to the bone.

About lettersfromheartscontent

Mother of six, homeschool teacher, tutor with Classical Conversations, wife to a forester and educator. I tend a perennial garden with a riot of blossoms, ride my bicycle in and out of the watershed, play ocarina and a boom-chick accompaniment when my kids feel like playing contradance music. I love being home, but I love an open road and adventure, too. Classical Conversations' Writers Circle carries my article on some aspect of classical education once a month.
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2 Responses to The Joy Dare

  1. bonafidelife says:

    Awesome! I visited the website and looked around. I’m looking forward to joining you! Let’s slay the winter blues together!

  2. Let’s do it! And I’ll bet it is this very thing that tells the world whether someone’s faith is real or not. Just wait till you see this book!

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