Monthly Archives: April 2017

A hanger graveyard:days 86-87,💯 days of JOY

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I’ve spent much of the last few days in my laundry room, clearing it out, cleaning, patching holes and sanding , wiping down the walls and vacuuming. I ventured behind my washer and dryer today, as far as I could reach, to suck up what seemed like a ton of dust and cobwebs, plus a few socks. Oh , I also recovered about 15 hangers!  
We’ve always hung up certain clothes to dry on the rack above the dryer. Invariably, there were times the hangers would get tangled and I would lose one behind the dryer. My word! I had no idea I had lost so many!!

This brought to my mind the things in life that we “let slide” because they seem trivial at the time. Yet, over weeks, months , maybe years, all the little things add up and can turn into some big deals in our lives. 

I am guilty of this at times, but I’ve tried to learn to “be faithful in the little things” (Luke 16:10). An example would be recycling. There are times I just want to take the easy way out and throw stuff away in the kitchen trash, no rinsing it out and no taking it out to the recycling bins in the garage. But my conscience gets me most every time, and I remember that when I start neglecting the little things ,  my behavior can turn into a habit and then eventually become a part of my character, a lifestyle. 
Father, help me be more faithful in all the little things….

God’s delight:day 85-💯 days of JOY 

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Every spring I post pictures of the first blooms to open up in my flower beds. I do this because my heart thrills to see these flowers. When I took this picture today, my joy struck me as gratitude and praise to God. It was then that I became aware of God’s joy when He sees us enjoying something He has made. 

It’s like when a parent sees their child playing with a favorite toy or enjoying their time with a friend or grinning from ear to ear as they ride a roller coaster. We parents smile and feel joy when our kids have those experiences and we sense that we are appreciated, that we did something well and made our kids happy in some way. This is a small comparison, but hopefully it can help paint a better picture of what I was trying to say

God delights in our joy , in our enjoyment of the life He has given us and all that encompasses. As I have quoted before, “the Glory of God is a human fully alive”(St. Iraneaus)

Painting:day 84-💯 days of JOY

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I spent most of the last 36 hours doing activities related to painting as I was working on house projects in my preparations to move. But this afternoon, I took a break to go to a ladies gathering at church …. to paint a pallet 😂.  Believe it or not, the time away from the house, being with my friends, painting ( and eating a cupcake 😬) actually did help me to de-stress. Also, I found myself smiling with an inner joy as I painted my Scripture verse; God was reminding me of exactly what I needed ….

Looking back:day83-💯 days of JOY

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As I’ve been working on my house in preparing to move , I’ve also been getting ready for my daughter to graduate from high school, my baby.  Yet, three weeks before her graduation , my oldest will graduate with his Master of Education degree.  

So , as I’ve been looking through box after box of memories in our basement , I’ve come across so many reminders of my son’s journey for the last 24 years ( come this July ). I wept with joy last weekend as I searched through many of his pictures and schoolwork. 

It’s taken me all week to be ready to post this, but here are some of the treasured reminders of My son’s life:

Difficult days:day 82-💯 days of JOY

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It was a tough day. Anxiety got the better of me, but my bestie, Sheila, did come to my rescue this evening. We talked and shared while packing boxes of books. Made some progress…my bookshelves are empty. 

Did you also have a rough day (or one this week)?  The verse in my flip calendar comforted me every time I read it today (which was quite a few times). Maybe it will help you as well…