Sunday, September 30, 2012

Find the joy, find the joy, find the joy...

Fall is a hard time for some folks.  I’ve seen a lot of sorrow and pain around me.  Experienced my fair share too.  The world and economy are just downright depressing….so how do we stay focused on the joy in our lives?  

I strive to “find the joy” every day.  I love the days at work we take breathers and do or have funny things happening…the laughter is such a stress relief.  Then too, my kids can give me equal joy (or pain)….so I relish the joy filled moments more and more when they happen. I love it when time allows me to enjoy the things that I find creative and soul filling, from painting a cabinet to taking pictures that inspire me.
It is a challenge for all of us to “find the joy” in our lives every day with so much of Satan around us looking for ways to throw logs in our Christian walking paths.  What gives you joy?
So, here are a few pictures of my flowers I’ve struggled to keep alive in a drought filled hot Kansas summer.  They help me “find the joy” so I’ll share them with whomever visits in hopes they give you joy too.

Isaiah 58:14    “then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.


Dee said...

Your flowers did well in the drought. with love and tender care they flourished. Kind of like kids. :) Joy is a choice. I have found joy in a day only to lose it as quickly as I found it. To get it back I had to chose it again. Satan is always tossing those logs...gotta toss them back. :)

angelonwheels said...

Beautiful thoughts Val! Love the message. Have you read choose joy by Kay Warren? I think you'd love it!

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