Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Joy Dare - Feeling the Love of God

1 - in the way He has carried me through this past year, into cancer clinics and waiting rooms, and taught me so much.

2- in the care and concern of all the staff at Tom Baker. They have been His hands and feet, His smiles and even laughter.

3 - in the smile and teary eyes of my daughter as she tells me she's going to miss me.

His love is astounding every day.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Joy Dare - Behind a Door

Three Gifts behind a door -

1- My brown sweater hanging behind the door in the spare room at my daughter's house.

2 - The selection of coats in the front hall closet at home - no matter the weather, I have a choice of what to wear, all to keep me warm and dry.

3 - My mother-in-law's story about piling the dirty laundry behind the dining room door when her mother-in-law came to visit - and how that was the beginning of my love for her.

The Joy Dare - Three Hard Eucharisteos

1 - being thankful for cancer.
2 - being thankful for this year-long hiatus, this detour
3 - being thankful for people who continue to make bad choices, manipulating, deceiving over and over again.

The Joy Dare - Three Gifts in Working

Three Gifts in Working -
1 - the sense of accomplishment when the job is done.
2 - the joy of working well with others.
3 - having a reason to get up each morning.

The Joy Dare - Laughter

Three times I heard laughter -

at church when my favourite pastor joked about his own foibles.

at home when our manipulative cat got the best of us once again.

on the radio, listening to two women, obviously friends for a long time, discussing one woman's book newly released.

The Joy Dare - Unexpected Grace

Three Gifts that were Unexpected Grace -

A lovely box full of home made cards and a journal. From two friends who just stopped by to wish me well.

Lunch with a friend who was visiting her mom in the same hospital where I'm receiving radiation treatments.

My husband saying, "Let's go out for breakfast."

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Joy Dare - Feb. 8 - Broken, Fixed and Thrifted

A gift broken - the 1 cup measure given to Laura for her wedding. Heavy plastic that shouldn't have broken but hit the floor with a wicked snap.

A gift fixed - the pedal on my daughter's drum set. Fixed by Dad. :)

A gift thrifted - a white coat given by a friend but never worn.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The Joy Dare - Feb. 7 - Three gifts Red

My turban - to keep my bald pate warm

My red purse - a gift from my daughter. It's just the right size. :)

My red tunic top - it's roomy and warm - perfect for after radiation treatments.

The Joy Dare - Feb.6 - Gifts outside

1 -
the pond across from our house. I've spent many hours watching the kids play hockey or just skate. Especially love the families - dads teaching their little ones warms my heart.

2 - the midnight sun on our back deck - a gift from a Yukon friend. :)

3 - the wonderfully dry roads as I drive from home to Calgary and back again each weekend.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Joy Dare - Feb 5, Stitched, Hammered, Woven

One Gift Stitched - A favourite pillow, white on white.
One Gift Hammered - The brass tray bought by my father-in-law many years ago -http://marcialaycock.blogspot.com/2009/10/hammered-shape-of-truth.html
One Gift Woven - Well, not woven exactly - a shawl knitted with love and prayer by a dear friend.

The Joy Dare - Feb. 4 - Gifts Found While Bent Down

1- The softness of my dog's head, the cold touch of his nose.

2 - The pleasure of watering my plants in my own living room.

3 - The joy of discovering my old slippers under my bed, worn and comfortable.

The Joy Dare - Feb 3 gifts found in writing

1 - The gift of helping others to draw closer to Jesus, through words in story

2 - The gift of drawing closer to Jesus myself as I write as He leads

3. The gift of community with other writers of like mind and readers who connect.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Joy Dare Feb. 2 - Things overheard

A server in the dining hall where my mother-in-law lives, to an elderly lady a little confused - "No dear, this is a chair. Your walker is behind you." Her gentleness as she directed her hands was the gift.

That's all I overheard today because I had my turban on and it tends to block sound. I sometimes tuck it over my ears but then my ears get cold. Can't wait for the hair to grow back. It's coming along, slowly. :0

The Joy Dare - Feb. 1 - Timely Gifts

11:30 - Heading out the door with my daughter to have lunch with her grandmother, then spend the afternoon together.

2:30 - Back to back laptops at Starbucks- L is working "from Home" today. :)

6:30 - Cheese sandwiches for supper with blueberry pie, homemade by my daughter.

The Joy Dare - Day 31 - Paper, Person, Picture

A gift found on paper - this list of prompts to search for the blessings each day. It's been enjoyable, uplifting, helping me "take every thought captive."

A gift found in a person - the generosity of spirit and gift of humour accompanied by twinkling eyes - in my friend Gus who will soon be face to face with his Lord and Saviour.

A gift found in a picture - on Facebook - Perception/Reality - made me laugh out loud and gave me the topic for my next speaking engagement. :)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Joy Dare - Day 29

A Song heard - Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns

A Soft Word - "I love you." Okay that's three words - in my husband's soft voice on the phone from home.

Where I saw light - in the eyes of the volunteers at Tom Baker Cancer Clinic - they work so selflessly doing small things like bringing patients coffee and tea while they wait for their appointments.