Thursday, March 29, 2012

Joy








I must admit to still be glowing from the nice comments on my sweater.  I can't get over the way I feel after I finish a knitted project that I love.  While the joy is so sweet there is a bit of sadness that the project is over.  What do I move on to now??

This feeling is common with most things.  You think the joy will last forever and then...all of a sudden the realization comes that nothing lasts forever..good feelings or bad.  Payday is so fun and filled with joy..then the days go on, the money goes with them.  And you just wait until the joy swings back your way again,

How funny we can start the week off with one feeling and then end in a completely different place.  I think back to last weekend and the feelings that were stirred from that Sunday...and now I am basking in the glory of a new sweater, a payday weekend, and friends coming for a visit!!  Joy indeed!!

When I was just starting to know and practice my faith I would pray for patience over and over again.  Then I began to pray for joy.."Let me practice JOY, Lord.  Let me get really good at JOY!!" Because what do they say...God gives you the opportunity to achieve your prayers and grow in virtue through practice.  Let me practice  joy!!  Not that I had patience down yet...I just wanted to practice more  joy!!

Not always easy...even when happiness is all around me I can still see the sad ...when we have this big beautiful house ...I can still see all we need to do....when I look at my clothes all I can see is what needs replacing....when I see my kids acting kind and sweet I think they should be acting kinder and sweeter.  I want to be happy with the right now....be happy with the joy I get to practice RIGHT NOW!!

Lent is ending and Holy Week is almost upon us..what have I done?  Should I focus on what I have done..or what I have failed to do?  Let me offer this one last Lenten sacrifice..let me look to the good vs. the bad that is so much easier to see sometimes.
Let me see all the God has done for me and be joyful in that!!!

Thank you my blog friends near and far for all your love this week.  I have bathed in the words you have shared and smiled in my heart!!

2 comments:

  1. One of my favorites hymns is "It is Well With My Soul," especially the first verse:

    "When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul."

    The shortened version of that thought is "God is good all the time."

    It takes practice to feel that way, boy does it take practice. I am 50 this year and I am still practicing. But once you get in the practice of practicing it gets easier. It's easier to think, "this is hard, but it's ok."

    God has your back, and even when you have hard days and you want to have a pity party, that's ok. Just don't give in too much -- have just a little pity party, and then get over it.

    You are loved more than you know. Just look at all those happy faces all around you. They are the ones who matter, at the end of the day.

    PS If you can't find this comment after you get the email, look in the spam comments. That's what blogger thinks of me. ;-)

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  2. Hey Lisa! I emailed you yesterday, but the email bounced back. Could you email me your phone number, or call me? Thanks!!

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