Taking the Joy Dare – Do I dare? Should I share? Do you care?

taking the joy dareJoy Dare?  What is that?  Until today I couldn’t have put a name to it, even though I’d seen it in action in friends’ twitter and Facebook posts.

The concept behind the Joy Dare is simple enough… deliberate thankfulness. I like that, and I decided to dig further to figure out exactly what was behind all the talk.

Earlier this week, I shared an idea on Facebook about July being a month of “freedom from complaining.” The post I read (and shared) on Facebook says:

Happy July! Make it the month of Freedom from Grumbling — look for His Gifts! Take the Joy Dare! {Put it on the fridge for the kids to find the gifts in everyday! Freedom for the whole family from grumbling! 🙂 } ~ Ann Voskamp

If you follow Ann’s prompts month by month, you will have written down your own one thousand gifts in the course of a year.  It’s called the Joy Dare.

I got the artwork from Proverbs31 Ministries Facebook page, and they linked to the 1000 Gifts Facebook page.    If you haven’t heard about One Thousand Gifts, it’s a book from Ann Voskamp.  It’s also a website, a movement, a twitter group,  and a dare.   I’ve tried to find the source of the artwork that I shared on Facebook.  It took an image search to find it.   It’s embedded in a post from July 2nd 2012 on Ann’s blog (A Holy Experience).  (My point is that I’m trying to give credit to the owner of the artwork and ideas.  I’d love to give more exact credit but am unsure how).

I’d seen the book for the first time a few months ago and was intrigued. I’re read a few of the blog entries and was touched. When Proverbs 31 Ministries made the tie-in between my own challenge (no whining) and her Joy Dare, I decided it was time to try it.

Here’s the book on Amazon if you are curious. I haven’t read the book yet. When I can pry my Kindle Fire out of Watty’s hands, I’ll download it and start reading. (Love that I can get a book without getting out of the house).  But he’s reading and I don’t mess with that.

She also has a really pretty app that I installed on my iPhone.  I’m using it to document some of the things I’m thankful for.  It’s pretty cool, and it allows you to share your thankfulness journey with friends via email, twitter or Facebook.   I decided to share some of mine on twitter, but I can also keep them to myself.  You can get it by clicking here:One Thousand Gifts - Zondervan

I’m torn between sharing my joy dare results on Sunday (as a thankful thoughts post), sharing the results as a daily post, or just keeping it to myself.  I’m happy to share as I go via twitter.   My goal in participating in the Joy Dare is deliberate thankfulness… not generating blog content, gathering blog readers, or generating click-thru revenue from iTunes or Amazon.  From that perspective, I think writing for my OWN benefit is paramount.  I can share insights from the Joy Dare as it seems fitting.

If you decide to take the Joy Dare, or if you are already taking it, I’d love to know your thoughts on the experience.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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