Saturday, April 12, 2014

An update on JOY

At the beginning of the year the whole world, or at least that's how it feels, pick a word. A word they feel led to focus on. Two years ago my word was grace and last year my word was hope. This year I choose joy. I choose it because too often instead of looking at the joy in situations I would fold my arms, pout & sit in the negativity of a situation. I wasn't even trying to look for the joy. Finding joy in the every day can be much harder than can be expected, but He reminds me to find the joy & to live it boldly.

:::Where I am being reminded to find joy:::

When I have to drive back home to take that forgotten lunch box back to school.

When washing dishes by hand because our dishwasher is still broke. Washing dishes by hand for a family of 7 can at times feel too overwhelming, but the silver lining is that it is a time I can slow down and really have a conversation with Jesus.

When I'm in the car with our teen girl jamming to music that I have sworn off, because that's when she's most her self. Seeing her smile that big makes my heart happy.

When I am desperate for sleep, I pour another cup of coffee and do life.

When we are in the car driving downtown wondering why they couldn't have scheduled these appointments at the children's 15 minutes away, I find joy, in being stuck in that car, when she talks most openly.

When I feel tested I am reminded to find joy in this crazy life because I know Jesus is in work in my life.

When I seriously wonder how I am going to handle the heartbreak that will come in the next 6-12 months, I am reminded I am the lucky one, I got to bring them into our home & gosh if we have not taken full advantage to spoil with our love the best we can. 

I find joy in people of the internet when I post something like this picture and people remind me of who God is

How are you doing with your word for 2014? 


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  2. it's funny you should ask about our word. i was just thinking about that this weekend and how God is faithful to take us where we need to be taken. it's good to see that He is giving you that joy that you chose as your word. i especially liked reading that dishes for you is a time to have a convesation with Jesus. that's beautiful!

    1. Best to find the beauty in it, because whoosh