three gifts of enthusiasm

Vigor. Passion. Zeal. All are synonyms for enthusiasm.  They each carry the meaning of intensity.  So what are gifts that show an intense emotion for enjoyment, interest, or approval?

  1. A Puppy’s Zeal.  I love the pursuit they have to fetch a toy or play keep away.  They never shy away from any interaction they can receive.  It’s hard not to love a fluffy, fur ball who enthusiastically loves.  This week while in Brookings we played with a Corgi-poo.  David is really softening up to dogs.
  2. Vigor in group fitness.  This summer I started teaching group fitness classes to coincide with my personal training.  It’s been a bit of a learning curve and has really stretched my comfort level instructing and leading others.  But despite that, it has been a joy to witness the intensity a group of individuals can bring to a workout.  They are all enthusiastic for a good workout.
  3. My mom’s passion.   Anyone who knows her, knows that she has a green thumb and creative eye. She’s always had a passion for flowers and has been enthusiastic for every opportunity for be a florist for various weddings.  Creating the most beautiful bouquets and detailed boutonnieres.

Red, White, and Blue + Gifts of Persistence

View More: http://kierstarhodesphotography.pass.us/wTx4G136590 ocean 14erIt’s going to be two in one today.  The 4th of July festivities and lack of internet availability while we are in Brookings, SD prevented me from posting my gifts of joy yesterday.

Red, White, and Blue

  1. My Red USD t-shirts.  Since moving to Vermillion my collection of red shirts quickly went from zero to enough to wear each day without having to do any laundry.  I wear these shirts for personal training at the USD Wellness Center, a job that has given so much joy and excitement with each client and bootcamp.
  2. White Wedding DressA year and a half ago I got to wear the most beautiful white dress.  I said “I do” in this dress and David told me I looked like a rose.  And months before fastening the crystal buttons, I spent the day with my mom, sister, and grandma trying on dress after dress before finding the prefect one.
  3. The Blue Ocean. My favorite scene is the ocean.  The unseen depth and the expanse of the shades of blue leaves me speechless every time my toes sink in the sand as the coolness of the water reaches my ankles.

Gifts of Persistence

  1. As demonstrated by my husband.  David has shown so much persistence during this long medical school process.  Even after a falling one spot short last year, multiple applications and interviews David continued to better his resume and faithfully obey God’s plan for him to practice medicine.  Although the application process is over and he begins classes at the end of this month, his persistence will continue with endless hours of studying.
  2. Hiking a 14er.  This took so much persistence, but it was worth every temperature change in elevation, shortness of breath, and rocky terrain.  A breathtaking view awaited and a sense of accomplishment lingered with each step on the descent.
  3. In our marriage.  Working out disagreements or miscommunication and the persistence it takes to understand each other.  Its a quality in our marriage that will set the tone as our family grows.

Faith, Family, and Freedom

A gift in faith, family, and freedom.

1. Faith. I thank God for the faith of others. It has encouraged me and  challenged me.
2. First Christmas in South Dakota. Making my first ginger bread house with Aimee,  sleeping under the tree the eve of Christmas Eve, and so many memories I will forever cherish.
3. Freedom. Freedom in Chirst.

July Joy Dare

As I was scrolling through my facebook newsfeed, I stumbled across a dare. A dare to journal. A dare to be joyful. A dare that would take nothing, but leave me with 93 reasons to be thankful.  And a habit that will cultivate joy in God.

The post was a link to Ann Vosckamp’s joy dare.  Although the dare was made for everyday of every month starting in January.  Why not start now?

Each day in July, I will post Ann’s prompt and write my 3 gifts of gratitude.

3 Gifts Read

  1. Reading dates with David.  We are traveling to Brookings today for the 4th of July weekend.  One of my most treasured memories going to David’s hometown is ordering a White Mocha at Cottonwood Bistro, pulling out my book from my well-used purple book back, and reading page after page while David sips his smoothie, reading his book.
  2. Book Lists. I’ve had a lot of times on my hands this summer and that has equated to reading, reading, and reading.  Currently, I am making a book list alternating between classics I never read and today’s top sellers.  Right now I’m divulging into the words written by John Steinbeck in East of Eden.  My next novel is The Fault of Our Stars by John Green.
  3. Verses in Ephesians. Our church is just starting a series on Ephesians.  While we are studying Paul’s letter, I’m committing to read out of Ephesians each day.  There is no greater joy than reading God’s word.

I dare you to comment your gifts of joy.