When I Commit to the Joy Dare


Yesterday I started reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. As far as I can tell, the book contains a number of thought-provoking gems, particularly about the simplicity of thanksgiving and its connections to the Eucharist and “the full life.” The Kindle edition of this New York Times bestseller is on sale for $3.79 until January 7, so go ahead and snag yourself a copy! Voskamp recently published a devotional based on this book as well, and it is also available for $3.79 until January 7. Do yourself a favor, and grab either one or both! Who doesn’t want to start out the New Year with fullness of joy in the discovery of how to live life fully?

I also began the daily Joy Dare just one day late. As you can see when you click on the link, Voskamp has assigned various kinds of gifts to each day of each month in 2013, gifts that the participant in the Joy Dare should be on the lookout for. Then, by the end of 2013, the participant will have compiled a collection of 1,000 gifts that he or she had experienced throughout the year. I will be participating in the Joy Dare every day during 2013 and will post my findings here on Powerfully Quiet. Feel free to join in and comment on my daily posts with the gifts that you’ve experienced that day! I’d love to hear about them.

You can read Voskamp’s beautiful post about her motivation behind the Joy Dare here. (Added benefits to reading her post: you will get to hear some beautiful piano music that automatically plays whenever you stumble upon her blog, and you will see some gorgeous photos from her farm mixed with profound words.) Voskamp’s proposal that we search for day-in-and-day-out gifts is based on the idea that we already know what God’s will is for us in 2013. For 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you . . .” I’m rejoicing in the simplicity of God’s truth and in the layers of beauty and freedom that it brings to our lives.

My findings in the Joy Dare so far:

January 1: 3 Gifts Heard
1. Ben Howard’s folksy music
2. The perpetual chiming of my phone as numerous texts from a far-away best friend came in
3. A friend’s verbal presence and laughter

January 2: A Gift Inside, Outside, and On a Plate
Inside: Unexpected calm
Outside: The arrival of winter chill
On a Plate: Chunky peanut butter

January 3: 3 Graces You Overheard
1. A maintenance man’s delight in his work
2. Soul-encouraging, new-to-me truth
3. A friend’s kind chatter

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