Sarah Markley
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I'm the mother of two little girls, the wife of an amazing husband who'd rather play the guitar than anything else and I love to write. I spend my weekends watching my daughters ride horses and play soccer. I blog daily and my greatest wish is to see women healed...

(in)side DaySpring: things we love
& you will too!
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(in)side DaySpring:
things we love
& you will too!
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  1. Great idea–count me in! At a time when many of us feel stressed and our only list with 100 things on it is the “to do” list, how lovely to consciously seek and record our joys. This reminds me of the 1000 Gifts list. I am not a photographer, but there are many ways to make a record.

    Here is the beginning of my list:
    1. Your inspiring post
    2. My old dog who is lying on my bed right now hoping I’ll come over and rub her ears (I will)
    3. The bowl of my favorite cereal I just ate
    4. The sun peeking through after heavy rains that woke me in the wee hours
    5. My Christmas cards waiting to be mailed to friends and family (I can turn this chore into a joy!)

    Thank you so much!

  2. Today my joys include:
    1. The return of winter weather after a couple of days of summer heat (ugh! 80s in December)
    2. Listening to Charlie Brown Christmas CD with my kids.
    3. The twinkle lights on my Christmas tree.
    4. The smell of coffee filling my home…

    I’ve said it before on your site, and I’ll say it again, I love this series! Thank you for reminding us to look for joy! 🙂

  3. although i haven’t “played” along in your series it has prompted my heart.

    i’m learning that a plastic christian “everything’s-just-fine” smile is not joy.

    joy has overcome my state of mind in the last couple of days. my circumstances haven’t changed, my sorrows over loss of my dad and family divisions still run deep in my heart, but His joy has been my strength to get through my days (get out of bed) and unexpectedly i’ve caught myself anxiously excited for what God will do.

    thank you for challenging me to be filled with his joy no matter what.

  4. I have had a tough year and decided I just was NOT going to do Christmas like we have before with all the craziness. We have made some choices to step back and it has definitely helped. To be honest, I can’t say I ‘feel’ joyful, however, I am finding joy in little things, like an awesome cup of hot chocolate, or playing with my puppy, and meeting my 18 year old’s new boyfriend.
    I believe that taking care of myself, lots of prayer and writing will help my joy to return in 2011!

  5. I’ve been joying with you, Sarah . . .just not blogging it. 🙂 It has helped so much. Every time I start to stress, I stop to look for joy instead. Joy stops stress dead in it’s tracks! Thank you! Who knew? 😉

  6. What a beautiful and timely concept. I found some joy today in what seemed dull an unproductive.
    1. Got in some good, quality alone time with my eldest
    2. Got in some good, quality snuggle time with the whole family when I should have been folding laundry.
    3. Managed to score an amazing deal on supplies for charity food baskets
    4. Got the outside of the house fully lit up 🙂

    I’ve shared your post on a devotional blog I write for called Thank you for some great food for thought and sharing how it is changing your heart.

  7. recently, i’ve let some things (relationships) bring me down & honestly the Christmas holidays are a burden right now. i will spare you of all the details. i need prayer. i am depressed. i don’t “feel” joy right now but i can share what i am grateful for. that God knows what He’s doing and He has a big picture in mind that I can’t see. I’m grateful that He is trustworthy, faithful, and there w/e i call to Him. I’m grateful for ppl like you who challenge me in the midst of the worst time of my life. I’m grateful for laughter, for friends who get me, for my freedom in Christ. I’m grateful for everyone who has encouraged inspired and fought for me in this battle. I’m grateful that God provides for me with everything I need and more. I am grateful for His forgiveness, His unfailing love mercy and grace! I am grateful when I can’t He can. I’m grateful for His Words. I’m grateful for where I am, where I’m headed. I’m grateful for being able to see His perspective of these dark times. I’m grateful that He doesn’t lord over me rules lists and regulations. This has been a very good exercise. Thnx Sarah!