Friday, March 6, 2009

What brings you joy?

If we are going to talk about the joy in the journey of life I think we should start today! I am not a morning person, at all, and as I sit and write this my eyes are still puffy from sleep and my head is trying to clear out the fog that set in over night. Time for a little injection of joy to get the day off on the right foot...what do you say?

I'll start a list today -- we'll continue it later, of course. Let's make it an I'll show you mine if you show me yours kinda deal, okay?

  • Watching someone praise God - from singing to hands raised to faces turned skyward to that glow that comes when you share God's presence in your life.
  • Isabel's hugs - she'll stop in the middle of playing or doing some very important three-year-old thing and come over for a kiss and hug..."I love you mommy"
  • Paxton's belly laughs - I would tickle him 24/7, if he'd let me, just to hear him laugh
  • Puppy breath! The best smell in the world, I think, and I love the licking, nibbling, playing you have to endure to get there
  • William's company
  • When God speaks straight to your heart -- when you know in whatever you are hearing or seeing He is speaking to you!
  • The smell of a spring rain
  • Hummingbirds
  • Sand between my toes
  • Talking to my grandpa on the phone (even better in person and we get to do that in just a few
  • short weeks)
  • Long conversations with close girlfriends
  • Experiencing my kids' "ah-ha" moments with them - like when Isabel discovered this week that Wal-Mart has numbers on its signs and she knew them

    That'll get us started, huh?
Now share with me...what brings you joy?

3 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Great list. I'll have to steal some of yours.

1. ah-ha moments when it clicks
2. reading God's word as I've been obsessed in a good way...craving it.
3. laughing until it hurts, can't breath, and crying begins
4. singing that praise song in church that just hits the spot
5. feeling of release after a good unexpected cry (that's been lately a lot)
6. hugging little ones
7. receiving confirmation and encouragement from others about my writing, teaching, and leading gifts.
8.when I know I've heard God's voice of confirmation
9. deep, deep love and passion for writing...it's truly a time of communing with God.

Anonymous said...

So glad to see your new blog, Wendy! I'll check in regularly.

Here are some of my joy things:

- belly laughs (really from anyone, but especially my hubby and kiddos)
- memories
- developing new friendships
- sunny days
- cool evenings
- clean sheets
- nursing my son
- when LG says, "Play with me, Mommy."
- holding hands with hubby
- FREE Chick-fil-A
- fall leaves
- "Yeah, God!" moments
- thunderstorms
- my Sunday morning Bible class
- chocolate

Heather

Runner Mom said...

Hey, precious friend!
So glad that you're back! Loved your list! Here are a few of mine:
--snuggling with my children
--snuggling with my Hubby
--seeing God's work in nature and in the hearts of others
--hearing His whispers to my heart
--good praise music that brings me to tears
--watching children at play and seeing them show kindness
--enjoying a tough trail run with friends and then popping the can of an icy cold Mt. Dew
--completing a tough race knowing that I have given it my all and have shared God with someone while running
--fun times with my girlfriends
--laughing so hard you cry
--the smell of a clean house!!!

Ok, I could keep going, but I have a prayer vigil app!! Love you! Susan