Joy Finds 2 & 3

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On the hunt for joy, I’ve found many things the past two days that have made my heart smile, but as I slouched through yesterday with the beginnings of a cold and a fever all day, I couldn’t string together a coherent thought.  So I drank my lemon water and applied my Thieves oil to my feet and went to sleep.  I woke up this morning still groggy (but who isn’t at 4:30?), but after exercising with a friend and time in the Word, I realized, I didn’t feel icky anymore!

And so my joy “find” for day 2 is this little bottle of wonder:

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And I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning to even mention oils during this exercise, but once again, the Lord has used these little bottles as a huge blessing in our lives.  Not only has it spared me, so far, from the ick that’s trying to take hold, last week Ellie starting dragging at bedtime – flushed, fever, cruddy nose and chest.  I diffused some of this magic elixir as she slept and by the next morning she was good as new.  As always, I’m amazed that this one worked!  One of these days, I’ll stop being surprised.  😉

Day 3 is carpeted floors.  This one is so funny to me.  I’ve had wood floors for most of the past twenty years.  I love the look, feel, smell – everything – about wood floors.  But nine years of vacuuming a whole lot of square feet of wood floors followed by moving to this house which has zero wood, very little tile, and a whole lotta carpet, I found myself giving thanks for carpet tonight.  As I did finishing touches for house guests the next two evenings, I gave thanks and smiled at the fact that, because there isn’t wood, the girls are able to take on significantly more of the house work, making my job much less hectic.  And that’s definitely a joy-giver!

What glimpses of joy have you seen so far this week?

For His Glory ~

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25 Days of Joy!

As we enter into the holiday season, I feel the need to find my joy again.  The Lord has laid this on my heart for a while now.  My joy, it got lost somewhere in the move I think, when I had to just buckle down and keep going, one foot in front of the other, keep us all moving forward or else we’d fall apart.  Just so much change so fast.  And somewhere, in all that, I lost my joy.  I stopped seeing God’s gifts.  I stopped breathing thanks to Him.  I stopped stopping in wonder.

And now I hear Him calling me back.  My head clearer, my heart lighter, I long to find that joy again.  And so that is what I am starting today – 25 days of joy.  It would be fun if I could do one a day all the way to Christmas, but I know how I am here and that life gets in the way and I’m not a writer who can sit down on Saturday afternoon and punch out a week of posts.  What I write is usually fresh, raw, and in the moment.  Plus, it’s already December 2, so that plan went out the window before we ever got off the ground.  😉  I don’t know for sure how long the 25 days will take.  But I will be on the hunt everyday for glimmers of joy.

Will you join me?

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Joy Find 1 is this place and all of you…..I don’t write often and I don’t always write “pretty”, but you all have accepted me in my realness and let me into some of yours.  I love to encourage women, help them see the beauty God is making in all the brokenness, and in this season of life, this is a place I have been able to do that from the comfort of my home.   So, thank you for the joy you have brought to my life by being part of mine.

What joy can you find today?

For His Glory ~

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