I will not squander Joy

Eucharisteo;

Char=Joy….Holy Joy.

Charis=Grace

Eucharisteo=thanksgiving

grace, thanksgiving, joy—–Eucharisteo

-Ann Voskamp


  • Music in a café
  • Familiar faces
  • Apple blackberry muffin
  • To go cups from Scout
  • Dry knuckles
  • Water
  • The book called ‘The Great Divorce’
  • Conversations about creating
  • Barrio Bakery
  • Chubby Muffin
  • Scout & Co
  • Photographs on the wall
  • Running up hills
  • Good-smelling sheets
  • Eating nasty tea leaves in a hipster food called “muesli”
  • CD’s
  • A risen Jesus in Burlington, VT
  • Snow
  • Imagining heaven’s song
  • S. Lewis
  • The present
  • Gentle baristas
  • Drives on route 7
  • Frozen ponds to skate on
  • Sun
  • Stratton Mountain
  • Wedding showers
  • Teachers who give you a “free pass” because of concussions
  • Eating a colorful lunch
  • Una clase de español con siete personas
  • Laughter
  • Coulter’s obedience
  • Sunny runs with a friend
  • Packed snow
  • Starbucks oatmeal and greek yogurt
  • Yellow caution tape
  • Shingles and starfish
  • Dead geese
  • Cold walks
  • Golden retrievers
  • Finding a heart shaped rock
  • Lost credit cards
  • Jumping on squishy seaweed
  • The ocean
  • Fur coats
  • Extra french fries
  • Walking to closed coffee shops
  • YL meetings
  • Making moves
  • Chinese toothpaste
  • Hershey kisses
  • Redeemer
  • Coffee
  • Starting cars
  • Malibu summer staff
  • Muddy waters
  • WAITING
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Alumni Hall
  • Bear claw slippers
  • Honesty
  • Trader Joe’s chicken curry
  • Ice cream bars
  • Somoa girl scout cookies
  • Comfort
  • Options
  • Clothes
  • Curiosity
  • Packing
  • Sodexho employees’ stories
  • The smooth slice of a beet
  • Significant and non-significant results of a t-test
  • Different ideas
  • A teacher’s patience
  • Finding a plug in the wall
  • Salads with good stuff
  • A teacher’s trip to Colombia
  • Store manager’s patience and kind response
  • Not showering
  • Breakfast eggs with love
  • Short hair
  • Seeing them live for His glory
  • Ballads and surveys
  • Clarifications
  • Courage to speak
  • Family group texts
  • Foreign languages
  • Heat
  • Police pull-overs
  • Planes in blue skies
  • Growing pains
  • Josh Garrels on the Barrio Bakery’s playlist
  • Rayban sunglasses
  • A call in the middle of a prayer
  • Processing
  • Having transportation via car, not a bike
  • Eating hummingbird cake for breakfast
  • Coulter’s weird howl
  • Intentionality with Ann Voskamp
  • A good, onion-filled lunch
  • Ben and Jerry’s with the YL team
  • Praying for BHS One Acts
  • “Child of God with optimistic goggles”
  • Chinese Happy New Years
  • “Here’s to now”
  • Jobs at ECHO
  • A firm handshake
  • An enthusiastic international student and friend
  • Mom praying to God to “take her worry away”
  • Texts that read “How’d it go?”
  • Noye’s Auto repair shop; helping fix my mess
  • Chaney’s hugs
  • Sister applying to jobs in Maine
  • Explanations on how windshield wiper fluid works
  • Cold coffee that smells like sweat
  • Pizza put night out
  • Country music that reminds me of home; mom and friends
  • Warmth
  • CCTA picking up my lazy ass to bring me back home
  • Lake Champlain; frozen but full of many humans
  • Nature’s invitation to play
  • A couple kissing
  • 2 women and a little boy taking pictures
  • A couple and 3 dogs
  • A solo man who fell but GOT BACK UP
  • 22 degree weather and sun
  • Sound of dripping coffee
  • Mom and 2 kids in snowball fight
  • An I love you text from mom
  • A friend and co-worker’s invitation to a Navigator’s event
  • Surgeries that go well
  • A teacher’s passion for their subject
  • The white sweater I finally decide to wear after 4 years
  • New Moon
  • Time
  • “I don’t need more of ____. I need more of Jesus. His clarity, His eyes, His heart, His spirit”.
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Warm showers
  • Golden leaf earrings
  • Pimples that stop bleeding
  • Getting dirty stares for being in the wrong egg line
  • Bitter coffee that is still coffee
  • America’s security; not being persecuted by the state for being a Christian
  • “Lent is a pause button” to remember our sin and humanity
  • A discussion about U.N. peacekeeping
  • An analogy of a father entering the fight of two brothers; that’s the Father sending Jesus to plead our cause and right our wrongs
  • Sun and 16 degree weather
  • Mom’s obsession with Jimmy Fallon; ben and jerry’s “tonight dough”
  • Hope
  • The Loescher household
  • Compliments on eyeballs
  • Empty quad study rooms on the third floor
  • Seeing a friend in the bathroom
  • BHS boys bball win
  • Recognizing students at the BHS boys basketball game
  • Kit-Kats and peanut M&M’s for $1
  • Consistency
  • Cumby’s ATM $2.25 transaction fee instead of $3
  • Jesus
  • Life
  • Seeing a high schooler wear an SMC basketball shirt
  • Parking spot in Ryan lot
  • CT license plate
  • Willingness of a friend to stay in cafeteria later to eat & be with me
  • Honesty about transferring schools
  • “Have you talked to Steph about living in the suite yet? Have a good dinner” –an international student
  • Adventure of new places and new faces
  • Being invited to God’s kingdom is way better than an invitation to the Grammy’s
  • Sunken free-throws
  • Colorful Nike bball shoes
  • Wooden courts
  • Bearded camera man
  • A grandma’s sensitive ears to the final buzzer
  • “We don’t want suspense. We want a victory!”
  • “How are you, really” event & “Laugh More” t-shirts
  • The lasting effects of the cross
  • Small comforts
  • A saint-like Aunt
  • Student in a student center
  • PB and soft bread and small banana
  • Humility that vanishes at the sound of the very word itself
  • Edamame
  • Mindfulness
  • A gentle response to broken ski poles
  • Positive Instagram pictures
  • The 30 minutes before a test
  • Unfinished coffee
  • Not knowing what “Nicolle Hall” is on campus
  • Fairtrade
  • Access to food
  • Breath
  • Eyes
  • Brain
  • Pruning the heart
  • Planes
  • Mountains peeking through bare trees
  • Text with mom
  • E-mails with a teacher
  • Fresh water
  • Stillness
  • This “joy-ride”
  • Smelly Alliot clothes
  • Child-like heart in an aging body
  • Deep, dark poetry
  • Honesty in Alliot; two boys encouraging one another on their poems
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers on wheat bagel
  • Jessica in UVM admissions who’s the Chicago area representative
  • Hawaiian lays hanging on the receptionist’s neck
  • Future-planning
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • “Welcome to NVHS, home of the Wildcats”
  • High school talk
  • “Do not be ashamed, for I have taken it from you. Remember?”
  • Silverware…Bon Chef stainless steel knife
  • An abundance of books!
  • Bronchitis
  • A past co-worker spotting
  • A friend’s birthday
  • Energy to workout
  • A quiet roommate in the morning
  • The last drops of Eufora leave-in conditioner and Sense face cleanser
  • “Hi” –ex friend
  • Jeans that fit
  • Vacuuming in hallway
  • Calls from Nigeria for a friend’s birthday
  • E-mail from RD
  • Whimsical lives on Instagram
  • Good smelling hair
  • Sun
  • Supplements
  • Seeing a good marriage
  • Lays chips and coca-cola
  • Life decisions
  • “crunching numbers”
  • Granola & bananas
  • Cappuccinos
  • Feeling “full” and rested in Jesus’ arms
  • Finding joy in things that look joy-less
  • Not being on the same page as people
  • Apples
  • Feeling cold
  • Overhearing a teacher talk of University of Dayton
  • The start of a friend’s list of one thousand gifts
  • Voice it, then revise it
  • Table of lax-ers
  • Hudson videos
  • Skinny dipping and fireworks
  • 50$ SMC gift cards
  • Hearing about testimony-tellings on a Friday night
  • Email from Cashman RD
  • Walks
  • Nowhere to be
  • Waiting on responses
  • Crunching sound of chips
  • Movies on laptops
  • “It looks like it’s going to work”
  • Rosemary recognizes sisters from Kinney Drug Store
  • Isn’t joy worth the effort to trust? Trust is everything
  • Movies in class
  • Coffee
  • PB + honey + granola toast
  • She Reads Truth
  • Sharing belongings between friends
  • Being free of radiation effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Ellen videos with president-crazed little girls
  • A thank-you email
  • Dozens of alarms in the morning
  • Movies that show summer scenes
  • Peace like a river
  • Window washer fluid
  • A car ride to Stratton
  • Shielded by God’s power
  • Conversations and time with cousins
  • Financial burdens
  • UVM applications
  • FAFSA
  • Studying for Research Methods
  • Invisible threads of grace; the joy of human connection
  • Beaten up, old car
  • A student’s courage to speak their mind in class
  • A phone call delivering encouraging news
  • An email from BHS head girls lax coach
  • A gift of a UVM t-shirt
  • Terranium gifts
  • Visitors at church
  • BHS student at Pho-Dang restaurant
  • Judah @ Nepalese market
  • “God’s not dead”
  • Comfort while on the ledge of uncomfortableness
  • “Tomorrow will be better” written on the back of a desk
  • Passing up opportunities; just say no
  • A waiting friend on a purple couch
  • A hangnail feeling better; I can wash my hair
  • seeing her in Alliot
  • “see ya on the flip side” in passing
  • An invitation to sit & eat
  • Leaving Alliot without a piece of fruit
  • A caring look from a friend
  • Nalgene’s and tea
  • To-go mugs
  • Shivering
  • Two subletters in the spring
  • Purple lips

“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted” John 6:11


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