I’ve had an idea impressed upon my spirit that I have a special focus on joy during this season between Epiphany and Easter. When I speak of joy, I do not mean anything fake or contrived. I also do not mean that I will ignore grief or sorrows or difficulties and only focus on sunshine and rainbows. My desire is to point out joy every day, in the midst of the hard times, in spite of the sorrows, or joy that is found because of the impact of an otherwise sad happening in my life.
Today, I have already had two joys surprise me. One was from simply reading a friend’s post on Facebook that made me laugh while also feeling a comradery with others, a sense of belonging and acceptance in the midst of this big world. ( Thanks Heidi!😁)
My second joy so far today came from seeing the snow sparkling in my yard. Even though it’s a bitter cold, zero degree day, the snow and sun ☀️ on a January day make me warm inside. As I wash my dishes and think of how this is to be my last January in this home, in this “small town” life, their is joy in my spirit for all the memories we have made here, the friends, the moments of fun and laughter, as well as tears, as a family in this home. The snowy scenery around our house has been a constant for fifteen years, and I’m so thankful for God’s gift of allowing us to raise our family in one location for the majority of their growing up years. That is my Epiphany today, God’s manifestation of Christ’s work in my life, and it brings me joy to think of all the ways He has worked and revealed Himself to me, and reaffirms to me that He is not done with me , or my family.
(If you are curious about Epiphany, here is a great link that would help you better understand it: https://www.google.com/amp/www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/18/what-is-the-epiphany-and-when-in-2017-is-it-here-are-10-facts-ab/amp/?client=safari)
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