Journaling Joy Gifts

“We are writing these things
so that our joy may be full.”
{1 John 1:4}

Joy Journal 3I’m currently being transformed inside-out via the words and inspiration inside the cover of ‘One Thousand Gifts’ by Ann Voskamp.  Please, grab a copy and join the growing community of those who seek to see the Father at work in the everyday flow of life.  I hope you too will find renewed freedom in viewing life through the eyes of a thankful heart, and you will launch into a sustained place of joy.  It’s a new habit for me; I have tended to swing this way and that amidst the storms of life.  It hasn’t worked well.  So I’m ready to try something new.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. – Hebrews 13:15

Following in Ann’s inspirational footsteps, I’ve begun to journal my joy gifts from the Father.  Ann has given some helpful prompts, ‘joy dares’, to encourage us on.

one thousand giftsI also wanted to do this as a family as, for joy to be resident in our home in every corner, it must come from all of us and not just this weary Mummy.

Here is my simple creation: The Chronicles of Joy.

Joy Journal

Naturally, my children’s contributions currently consist of treasured possessions that they are thankful for, although they have started to mention names of friends as well.  I’m hoping that as our journey progresses, their young worldviews will extend beyond toys, food and close friends.  I’m sure it will, especially if we do this long enough.  How fun it will be in the coming years to look back on our Joy Chronicles and see how we grew up into joy fruitfulness.  I imagine that fruit will taste delicious.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. –  Psalm 34:8

Can I encourage you to join this journey with me?  Whether you’re a homeschooling Mummy like me, or a business executive, cleaner, driver, realtor, farmer, pastor, builder, or travel-weary life pilgrim… all are welcome.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29

His yoke:  Peace.  Joy.  Rest.  Contentment.  Gentleness.  We don’t carry it alone.  We are connected.

The key: Tasting and seeing his joy gifts.  Thankfulness first, before anything else.  Let it be the first thing that comes from your mouth.  A paradigm shift.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.- Psalm 100:4

The principle:  Write it down.  Revisit your list.  Dwell on the goodness of the Lord.  Be transformed.

Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. – Habakkuk 2:2

And share with others so we can all give thanks for His goodness.

Will you join me?

Joy Journal 2

9 thoughts on “Journaling Joy Gifts

  1. katieosborne

    I LOVE your communal book. What a great idea! I read Ann’s book a couple years ago and it was such a help to me. I am revisiting it for this new year. I think she is the one who is fond of saying we have “soul amnesia.” Yep, that’s me. So I’m re-reading it to re-center myself on His grace and all I have to be thankful for.

      1. katieosborne

        I haven’t been following them. I should. I always feel like I need an extra month all to myself between December and January. You know, the rest of the world is put on pause while I reevaluate and reorganize myself and get a handle on the new year. LOL Yeah. It’s a nice dream. Although, I would miss my family too much if they were paused for that long. I could do a lot with a couple days. 🙂 Anyway, I will have to print those out.

          1. katieosborne

            I am actually reading it with a few others – a little FB book club. We just got going with it so we haven’t ironed everything out yet. You’r right, much better shared!

  2. Lisa C

    This is a lovely idea. Years ago I did a gratitude journal (I bought one that had prompts in it) and did it every day for three months (until the book was full). I think that journal changed my life forever. After three months of that, I was so used to seeing my blessings that it was easier for me to be happy and focus on the positive in life. I didn’t “need” the journal anymore, but I can see that it could only be beneficial to do this sort of thing again, especially if doing it with my family. It would be so good for my little boy and I bet my husband as well.

    1. homemakingwithheart

      I’m already finding that my perspective is changing after such a short time of doing this. So neat to read that doing this changed your life as well. Once again you have encouraged me! Thanks heaps Lisa.

  3. Britney

    One Thousand Gifts has been the most life changing book for me. I read it nearly 2 years ago and it impacts me daily, still. My husband bought me the One Thousand Gifts Devotional/Journal for Christmas, so I’ve started a new list in there for this year.


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