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Joy

  • How To Be An Optimist–
    Regardless of What You’re Facing?

    On Monday, May 05 th, 2014
    My Grandma Barbara Ruth, she ever only saw a cup one way. Didn’t matter if the tea’d been poured out or if the sky’d tipped over or the tap was still running loud. Every cup she ever held or tipped back or drank from, they were all right empty as far as she was concerned.
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  • When You Feel like Everyone is Bigger, Better, Smarter… { or ‘How to be a Star’}

    On Monday, May 13 th, 2013
    When the fog meandered in lost on a spring evening in May, she hung her apron up in the back mudroom. She wandered down the back lane too. Down in the woods, she could hear them, the frogs singing, an invisible symphony. She knotted the one side of her skirt up to step over a
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  • Because Sometimes the World Needs Joy-in-a-Box

    On Monday, April 22 nd, 2013
    Joy for someone struggling in the dark? Mother’s Day? Someone in need of a pick-me-up? The One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces and the photographic gift book,  Selections from One Thousand Gifts were both nominated as finalists for the Best Devotional and Best Gift Book in the Christian Retailer’s Choice Awards.    Maybe
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  • When You are Looking For Hope

    On Friday, July 13 th, 2012
    ‘If there are hopeless places — Haiti is almost a hopeless place.” That’s what the guy in jeans and the stamped up passport had told us before we went anyways. On a street to the south, a man bent and twisted by struggle and sun, he slugs a shovel load of rubble high up into
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  • The Hourglass of Joy

    On Wednesday, July 04 th, 2012
    After such a week as last week, I’m feeling very small & hushed & I’ve slipped away to the woods with the Farmer & kids. Thank you for prayers last week, for grace as our family tucks away quiet for just a few days…and we’re delighted to invite you up to the front porch to share
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  • 1 Step Towards Raising Happier Kids…

    On Thursday, June 21 st, 2012
    Dear Ann, This morning my 12 year old son told me he’s about to reach his four thousandth thankfulness journal entry. I bought One Thousand Gifts at the 2011 KWCHEA homeschooling conference and heard you speak there [about How to Raise Grateful Kids]. At the time, my son was preparing for a regional track meet
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  • When You Feel like Everyone is Bigger, Better, Smarter… { or ‘How to be a Star’}

    On Thursday, May 03 rd, 2012
    When the fog meandered in lost on a spring evening in May, she hung her apron up in the back mudroom. She wandered down the back lane too. Down in the woods, she could hear them, the frogs singing, an invisible symphony. She knotted the one side of her skirt up to step over a
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  • The Best Gift: When You want to Give Someone Joy-in-a-Box

    On Monday, March 12 th, 2012
    A bird flew straight into the kitchen last night. Perched  right on the top of that weather van on the mantle. And I looked up from the sink and thought it was you right there, your heart pounding right there out of your chest. It’s hard to be overwhelmed. What if we could do that
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  • The 1 Habit Your New Year Can’t Do Without: {Giveaway}

    On Thursday, January 05 th, 2012
    ‘Anail is driven out by another nail; habit is overcome by habit.” ~ Erasmus It’s only the 4th day of the New Year, when this woman cups my face in her hands and draws me right close to just say it. “It’s changed my life.” I’ve been trying to shake it for days, as I
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  • weekends are for perfect days

    On Saturday, November 26 th, 2011
    So when the Farmer kicked that ball on the side of a mountain in Ecuador and the children all laughed and ran him hard till the sweat ran gloriously down, when he turned to me and said it grinning: Perfect Day — it did start right then, a bit of rain, but it never stopped
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  • One Thousand Gifts : The Free App……. Because Thanksgiving is More than a Holiday— It’s the Way to Wake Up to Really, Fully Living

    On Tuesday, November 22 nd, 2011
    Is counting gifts a challenge? Keeping a gratitude journal nigh unto impossible? Need some inspiration as to why bother counting the blessings? Oh, please, we’d love to you to come join in the discussion over at (in)courage…. If you are thinking counting gifts is not for you… then I unashamedly beg you to read this
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  • when you’d really like to wear sheer joy

    On Tuesday, November 15 th, 2011
    When Rosa’s youngest, little Liliana, scooped up that puppy right there next to the potato patch, she just hid behind his gaping mouth, eyes all large and laughing. Rosa told us what Liliana had done — that Liliana had found that puppy wandering abandoned — lost— outside her classroom. That Liliana had brought the puppy
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