Happy May! How to Make a Better Future














A better future always simply begins —

in a series of prayerful nows.



“If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness. Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray …

It could be that Satan is pushing you into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.”

– Corrie Ten Boom

It is by prayer that we couple the powers of heaven to our helplessness … and make the impossible possible.

– O. Hallesby

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.”

– Colossians 4:2

“Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of thanksgiving”

~ One Thousand Gifts Devotional/numbered journal


Scavenger Hunt for God’s Gifts Everyday!

Print out May’s Joy Dare!

I wanted to let you know that the JOY DARE has transformed our family dinner experience! With four young children, dinner time used to be dreadful.

Now, the children look forward to our conversation — sharing their Joy Dare Finds — and even our two-year-old joins in.

We have laughed, cried and had beautiful moments sharing our hearts. Today, I am thankful for you and your vision!”



Yeah! This I’d my third month of doing the Joy Dare. I look forward to each day.

Our family started a box on our kitchen table where we write down worries to give to God and joys to take their place. Thank you for the inspiration!” ~ Heather

“Taking the time to stop each day and count these blessings has shown me how even the small and obscure can be a gift from God.” ~Mary G.

I love seeing this list on my fridge – it helps get me started each day- opening my eyes and looking for God’s gifts everywhere!” ~ Rachel N.

Why bother?

Why bother keeping a gratitude list of His gifts?

Because if you keep a gratitude list, you:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)

2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)

5. Increase your happiness by 25%(Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that? Just three gifts a day. Best gifts in May is finding joy in Him and His daily grace!

… that habit of discontentment, it can only be driven out by hammering in iron that is even sharper —

The sleek pin of gratitude.” ….

~ {One Thousand Gifts}

Print May’s Joy Dare … Print out the whole year of Joy Dares

Blog your 1000 gifts, or tag #1000 gifts on Instagram, or join us on Mondays and link up to the list on your blog, or record a legacy of your 1000 gifts in the new numbered journal

And, if you’d like to be entered into the monthly draw for a JOY BASKET  (including a $100 Amazon gift card), share your gifts everyday in the Facebook Gratitude community (everyday we post 3 prompts of what gifts you could look for #JOYDARE!) … and come the end of the year (after recording only 3 gifts a day/1000 gifts) … be back here to enter for a Nikon D90 camera! Give thanks to Him in the assembly!