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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. As I sit here reading my morning devotions with a hot cup of coffee, my daughter is peacefully playing. This may only last a brief moment, but I know that I am blessed.

  2. What an uplifting devotion! I agree that Autumn is a beautiful time of year. What an artist God is! No painting or picture can capture His breathtaking beauty of a mountain side in fall. This snapshot needs to be viewed and admired with your own eyes.

  3. Amen! This is a beautiful gift that we often fail to see.. and it isn’t something we wait to experience on the other side. Thank you God for all the things in our perfectly imperfect lives that sing to our souls and push us into that joyful space: laughing and hugging our children, chatting with friends, seeing families out together, random smiles from strangers, favourite songs on the radio..

    God bless you, Anna Rendell.

  4. Thank you Anna. I could feel you’re joy in this devotion. Sitting at my computer in my pjs drinking coffee.. it made me smile. I live in Utah and Autumn is peeking through and it’s amazing. I admit I’m joyful to a fault and you are right, this time of year encourages a constant smile. I’m sooo grateful that “in the mess”…like leaves everywhere in my yard, or having to work on a Saturday.. I can be joyful.
    Have a blessed day and happy birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday Month, Anna I am an end of October birthday. It certainly is my fave time of year. Here in Texas, it’s starting to cool off by then, hopefully, lol.

    My everybody joy is waking up to a new day. As I live with multiple chronic diseases, I try to find joy in the simplest things. But, this time of year certainly helps as I can be outside more and enjoy the beautiful nature around us.

    Have a great weekend. I’m also sipping on my iced chai while reading my devotionals. The perfect way to start my day.

  6. Today, I have the joy in knowing that I will be surrounded by my church family tomorrow morning. Ultimately, tomorrow is going to be a special occasion because my church family is going to be occupying the church with their fur babies for our annual pet blessing event. I <3 it that I get to be apart of the event this time around; God is allowing me an opportunity to take part in something I unfortunately missed out on being in the middle of this time last year.

  7. Being around animals is the best blessing I can be looking forward to this weekend. Ultimately, I say this because we’re having a Pet Blessing event at church tomorrow. I <3 that I am actually able to participate in such incredible fun tomorrow, rather than having to stay home and miss out on the festivities. I <3 being surrounded by animals–dogs of any breed and size outside of just being with my family dog on a weekly basis. I'm totally looking forward to tomorrow morning's church fun, packed with so many pets/

  8. Hi Anna,
    Lovely post to remind us to make that better choice, in and for Jesus. Choosing joy brings gratitude and the circle just keeps going. 🙂 I too like the beauty of autumn, with the vibrant colours.

    Happy Birthday, Sandy

  9. Happy Birthday, Anna! What a beautiful time (my favorite) of the year for you to celebrate your special day here in Minnesota nice! We met at the Galleria just in case you were wondering… ;). Having a grateful journal on a daily basis helps me out to count many blessings.

  10. Absolutely. I ran out of toilet paper my only big event for the day. Im glad for the boring mundane and ordinary once in a while. I just got a new place to live.

    • Congratulations on the new place! I hope you had a fun trip to the store to restock on TP 🙂 Sometimes that’s enough of an adventure for one day!

  11. Anna,

    Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure & happiness. Happiness can be found in just about anything. You just have to look for it. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. That is when God’s splendor is shown on the mountains & leaves in the beautiful colors displayed. Also the wonderful foods & nice cooler weather. Great for walking outside. Joy for me is spending time with my hubby. That has become hard lately. He works weekends & Wednesdays-I work Tuesday, Thursday & every other Friday. Hey any time I can sit with him & just snuggle or go for a walk is great for me. Have a blessed birthday & spread your joy to everyone. This world could sure use more of it.

    Blessings 🙂

  12. I’m with you, Anna! There is so much joy to be found in the everyday moments, like my first cup of coffee in the morning and our neighbor’s beautiful chickens roaming around the yard. I love the tiny morning glories that grow along the road, and my dog’s happy bark as she trots along beside me. Celebrating His goodness with you!

  13. My birthday is October 4th and I feel the exact same way about my October birthday! Love it! I love all things fall and October- it brings me pure Joy! Loved this, thank you!

  14. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Your post brought a smile to my face as well as my heart. I love the crisp fall days although here in California we have to wait a little longer. 🙂

    Thank you for reminding me to find joy in all I do and see and feel and to thank HIM who provides me daily with all of it.

  15. What an uplifting post, Anna! I’m reminded of our young granddaughters’ treasure-hunting expeditions–through the neighborhood. They collect just such items as pictured at the top of your post: pretty leaves, chubby acorns, crooked sticks, mysterious seed pods, and more. While following along, I revel in their excitement over each discovery. Surely God does the same, watching us take joy in his everyday blessings. And praise him, he DOES scatter joy through all our days!