These 100 days of JOY, focusing on the Light that came to us some 2000 years ago and the joy He brings into our lives in so many different ways, have come to a close. A sunset seemed appropriate for this post as I experience incredible joy when I see a beautiful sunset and because they represent closure.
I started this 💯 day focus because I was battling much inner darkness with winter and feeling overwhelmed with life. Christmas, New Year and Epiphany are filled with so much light and revelations of Christ’s presence. I wanted to hang on to that and grab more of it so that I could fight against that darkness in my spirit. I also wanted to share my journey with you, whomever might read this, in case it might help you as well.
I was a bit floored when this idea came to me and I counted the days to Easter and realized that it was almost exactly 💯 days. How cool to spend 💯 days chasing after joy and leading up to Easter! I have often followed the Lenten season of preparing my heart for Easter , but this 💯 day challenge excited and inspired me.
True confessions would lead me to say that there were some days I didn’t know what to write, other days I didn’t feel like it, and as you must have noticed, some days time got away from me and I forgot to write. However, I would also confess that this commitment to write this publicly forced me to be more cognizant of finding joy, light, the good and positive in my day-to-dayness. This has changed me. I have grown more positive through this, but I have also experienced growth I didn’t anticipate.
My trust in God has grown as well as my ability to find rest and calm in the midst of anxious times. I have learned to turn to God more automatically, to find Him in my center and see Him in the midst of uncertainty. I’ve begun to take time to breathe and seek to let the Spirit bring me peace of heart and mind in ways I had never known before.
I plan to keep writing because I’m on a roll and don’t want to let it dissipate. I may take a day off here and there, and I will probably just write without having a specific focus, but I will write, and I will keep chasing JOY and Light and sharing whatever the Spirit lays on my heart to share with you.