A Holy Experience – Take the Joy Dare {& enter to win a NikonD90}

A Holy Experience – Take the Joy Dare {& enter to win a NikonD90}.

“It’s Habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you.

But when thanks to God becomes a habit – so joy in God becomes your life.”

-Ann Voskamp

Please click on the above link, get your free, lovely joy dares. And learn to “count again!”

Sunday’s Showcase of Truth: May 26, 2013

Summer’s Child by David Lanz

Isaiah 42:8
Strong’s Study Tools to the original Hebrew written context. Isaiah is in the Old Testament so it was written in Hebrew. By clicking on the Strong’s Reference number, you learn more about the original Hebrew context from which the words were penned by God’s Divine Hand. In the English, translation, some of the meaning can be displaced. Select a Word (or two) God highlights for you and learn from His Heart, greater depth and meaning!

Isa 42:8 “I am the LORD, 3068 that is My name 8034; I will not give5414 My glory 3519 to another, 312 Nor 3808 My praise8416 to graven 6456 images. 6456

To Learn To Count Again. . .

One Thousand Gifts Journal/Nest

Ann Voskamp, in her DVD Study:
A Dare to LIVE FULLY Right Where You Are
one thousand gifts (her book is a worthy read)

As is her Blog: http://www.aholyexperience.com

Ann challenges us to learn to count again, not loses, not our checking account, not the number of shoes in our closet, but our gifts. The blessings the most probably go unnoticed in your life. Blessings that lead to a thankful heart that stir joy, in all circumstances.

She refers to these gifts as Holy, Ordinary and Amazing.

She says, “The height of joy is dependent upon the depths of the
eucharisteo” (Greek Word meaning, grace/thanksgiving/joy).

“Writing it (keeping a list of your blessings/gifts) down, is like unwrapping love

“I see frames of my day.”

“A running stream of consciousness.”

“Naming (the gifts/the blessings) helps us define God’s Identity, our identity.”

I’ve been keeping a list of my own.

My kavod (Hebrew for Glory of the Lord/Heavy in Weight) list is now over 1,500 now. (I lost 500 in a cell phone hiccup but have tried to recover some of them.)

From my Kavod List Book II

#4. Four week old Alaskan Sled Dog Pups. We are holding would-be champions!

#47 A surprise mini white chocolate bunt cake at my side door.

#67 Buying a Christmas Gift way ahead of time.

#106. Bucky’s Strong Arm

#175. Heating Pad where it hurts

#199. Meal eaten with gusto. People back for seconds.

#216. A Day Well-Lived.

#246. Reading a book for another, notes, underlined and pondered with them in mind.

#369. A bright yellow American Goldfinch: a pinch of sunshine at my bird feeder

#396. A peaceful nap.

#400. “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C.S. Lewis

#441. “Hey love,” edge of my bed, 2AM, with a sip of cold water for my parched mouth.

#501. Dollar Store Dates, my favs!

#532. One more successful ANYTHING!

Names your gifts and watch joy become part of your identity in Christ. List your gifts and experience more of God’s Goodness. Count your blessings and see numbers rise into the heavens. (I stop listing while other blessings linger just because I’m tired at night!)



Warmly and Generously supplied as a free gift from Ann Voskamp’s Website. Thank you Ann for your giftings and your gifts.

What Do Women Do More Than Men, What Boosts the Immune System And Makes You More Attractive?

Quilted Smile

According to the NURSINGSCHOOLS.NET, Article on Fascinating Facts About Smiling:

1.Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood: Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile.
2.It boosts your immune system: Smiling really can improve your physical health, too. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which contributes to good health and a stronger immune system.
3.Smiles are contagious: It’s not just a saying: smiling really is contagious, scientists say. In a study conducted in Sweden, people had difficulty frowning when they looked at other subjects who were smiling, and their muscles twitched into smiles all on their own.
4.Smiles Relieve Stress: Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. This sudden change in mood will help you feel better and release stress.
5.It’s easier to smile than to frown: Scientists have discovered that your body has to work harder and use more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
6.It’s a universal sign of happiness: While hand shakes, hugs, and bows all have varying meanings across cultures, smiling is known around the world and in all cultures as a sign of happiness and acceptance.
7.We still smile at work: While we smile less at work than we do at home, 30% of subjects in a research study smiled five to 20 times a day, and 28% smiled over 20 times per day at the office.
8.Smiles use from 5 to 53 facial muscles: Just smiling can require your body to use up to 53 muscles, but some smiles only use 5 muscle movements.
Babies are born with the ability to smile: Babies learn a lot of behaviors and sounds from watching the people around them, but scientists believe that all babies are born with the ability, since even blind babies smile.
9.Smiling helps you get promoted: Smiles make a person seem more attractive, sociable and confident, and people who smile more are more likely to get a promotion.
10.Smiles are the most easily recognizable facial expression: People can recognize smiles from up to 300 feet away, making it the most easily recognizable facial expression.
11.Women smile more than men: Generally, women smile more than men, but when they participate in similar work or social roles, they smile the same amount. This finding leads scientists to believe that gender roles are quite flexible. Boy babies, though, do smile less than girl babies, who also make more eye contact.
12.Smiles are more attractive than makeup: A research study conducted by Orbit Complete discovered that 69% of people find women more attractive when they smile than when they are wearing makeup.
13.There are 19 different types of smiles: UC-San Francisco researcher identified 19 types of smiles and put them into two categories: polite “social” smiles which engage fewer muscles, and sincere “felt” smiles that use more muscles on both sides of the face.
Babies start smiling as newborns: Most doctors believe that real smiles occur when babies are awake at the age of four-to-six weeks, but babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they’re born.

My Dreams

I woke this morning and I must have been dreaming of stars. Most of the dreams I remember these nights are full of emotional processing and huge drowning waves. But I know, my God and know those are NOT HIS dreams for me.

I cannot recall, His Faithful Sketchings during the night, but I woke to evidence of His Hand, drawing and writing into the my story. God gave all of my girls, meaningful depth of their identity in HIM with Bible Verses and symbols. I can feel the pulse of His Goodness and His Dreams for them, in each one. What an incredible gift!!!

Ashlyn, my second daughter, her symbol is the star. It came to me in New York, in an old cathedral. This cathedral, I toured on my own, (yes, I took a taxi in New York City alone!) it was a God-given mission and I knew it. (Little did I know it was way on the out skirts of the city and it would be hard to catch a taxi back to the hotel!) This cathedral was so large that even steps echoed and it had dozens of side chapels. I wondered into one and almost fell to my knees. There engraved in marble, hundreds of years ago,  God gave me Ashlyn’s Verse and her symbol.

So, I woke up with light and love on my heart. I’m going to share something near and dear to my heart. My text to her this morning. You see, this is so much bigger than Ash, or myself. Everything about our God evolves into love, if we allow it. And so God’s sketchings in my dreams evolved into a love language communicated via test message (how else do we talk to our young adult daughters when they are not at home?:)). . .sent to Ashlyn. . .

“Good Morning, Ashie: If I could, I’d wait until the darkest of nights, reach for the highest and brightest star I could find. . .I’d wrap strong fishing line around it and attach it to your bed post. . .For the nights when you need a night light or a reminder of who you are in Him. . .You could pull the star in close for God’s illuminated warmth and then let it back to it’s divine distance in the sky, only when you were ready.”

Ashlyn’s Bible Verse: Daniel 12:3

“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven,

and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.


God’s Dreams for each of us, speak into our lives. Sometimes just a little awareness in the darkness of night, calls them forth. . .Blessings in your nights for HIS dreams for you. 

LOL: My first piece I played on my violin in fourth grade, was indeed, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. What a God, Who loves with intention!