Alarm clock buzzes. Feet hit the floor. Foggy thinking slowly clears to reveal the day’s list of activities. The mind steadily hits second gear and all of yesterdays worries pop up again like a whack-o-mole game!
That’s how my days start most of the time – sometimes to where I just want to turn around, get back in bed, put the covers over my head and go back to sleep. I think, “is there ever a day where I don’t need an alarm clock and a list of things that has to be done?”
I heard Pastor Chris Hodges speak at She Speaks conference in April and he suggested to make a “not to do list”. I like it!!
But in the rat race of life we’re not sure how to slow down. And then we just become hateful and angry because we want to have the peace and joy that rest brings.
We can. We can have that joy even if we have crazy lives just by being grateful. The key to joy is gratitude. When we start being thankful for all the things we have we can’t help but find joy. Our brains trigger some chemical that brings this peace. A smile automatically comes to our face. Our physical demeanor relaxes and something inside of us twinges with excitement.
That’s joy. What are you grateful for today? Start with the little things like a house to protect you from the rain. A fan or air conditioner on a hot day. Food to eat. Chocolate! Freedom to come and go as you please in this country. A job that, although is sometimes filled with annoying attitudes, provides money for expenses. Family. Physical health to get up each day. A Bible to read. A church to go to. A God who is in control of every last bit of everything! Salvation to know Him and a promise of eternity in heaven when you do.
That is gratitude. And that, my friend, is the key to JOY.
I pray you find the key to open the door to experience your JOY today.
My husband and his buddies go to Myrtle Beach every year on a golfing trip – or rather golfing adventure. (The older they get the more adventure there is!) He loves to eat Brachs® Nut Goodie®candies. This one year while golfing, he had the candy sitting in the cup holder and when he turned around, there was a squirrel in his cart eating the candy. When he went to shoo the squirrel away, the little thief took the whole bag in his mouth and took off running across the course!! What a site to see.
Of course the guys laughed about it but Roger was a little bummed that he didn’t have his comfort candy with him as his golf game progressed! hahhhaa
It reminds me of the little thief in our lives who sneaks up on us and tries to steal our JOY. The devil is lurking around and just waiting until we take our eyes off Jesus and turn our back on Him for just a minute and the devil, like the squirrel, takes the opportunity to sneak in and steal our joy. Read More
Can you imagine being James, the brother of Jesus? WOW!!! Talk about being in your brother’s shadow!! I’m sure James wondered how in the world he could make an impact on humanity following His brother’s life!
But as I read the book of James I realize how smart he was. I realize that he was called to a purpose, too. James was one of the leaders of the church in Jerusalem and his letter was addressed to Christians everywhere. We can learn so much from the letter from James.
He gives practical advice on things from anger and controlling your tongue to showing favoritism and patience. And what better person to learn practical advice from than the brother of the Saviour! Read More
The word JOY makes me happy. It makes me want to skip!
Do you remember skipping as a child? Wasn’t that the funnest thing? Not running. Not walking. But skipping. It was simple. It made me smile. It is a reminder of being young and carefree and happy. When I think of being a child, I think of jumping rope, playing checkers, playing jacks, playing hopscotch, blowing bubbles and skipping.
Those things make me smile. Life was simple and fun. The world isn’t as simple today. Children aren’t satisfied with skipping for fun. But God is the same today as He was back then. We can still find the JOY in the simple things.
Go out and skip today. No one is watching………..and so what if they are. I bet it brings back a simple memory for them and makes them smile! So go on………….. SKIP a little.
Yesterday was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary! Fifty years of marriage is a long time and it hasn’t always been easy but they are stronger than ever in their marriage after 50 years.
The secret is to keep Christ in the center of your marriage. But my mom said they have also had to keep patience and love and kindness in the center of their marriage as they worked through the trials over the years. Read More
Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
I am a planner. I am an organizer. I like lists. I like marking things off of my to-do lists. I’ve been known to write something on my list that I’ve already done so I can mark it off. Don’t laugh………you’ve done it, too!! Read More
The other day I was driving to work down a side road and there were baby calves running and chasing each other, playing in the field. I stopped my car for a couple of minutes just to watch. They were so peaceful and carefree and happy. Not a worry in the world; running through the open field of newly greening grass and openness that seemed to go on for miles. I felt “peaceful, and carefree and happy” as I watched them. I think I could have sat there for an hour (but didn’t think my boss would appreciate that!) hahahha Read More