SEEKING JOY – A Challenge

Good Morning! or Good Evening!  All.

This is the first week of Spring in 2017 or Fall ( Autumn) depending where you live. I woke today with the strong impression this week would be brimmed full of incredible possibilities.   Seeking ‘Joy’ is my personal challenge and I share the challenge with you.   Don’t look for it in ‘Happiness’.   Being content or happy is not the sort of of ‘Joy’ I will seek.

puppy smiles.

Often this joy will come unexpectedly like an….. impossible to believe….. moment in the middle of circumstances far from happy.   The smile on the face of an ill or dying person as a fleeting ‘good bye’   Under a rock the first glimpse of a tiny flower.   A true bubble of ‘joy’ cannot be compared to any other moment or moments in human experience.  It can come from nature, animals, friends, in the middle of a traffic jam.   This week let our hearts be attuned to ‘seeking’ for a moment of joy perhaps by actively making something beautiful out of something ugly or rejected, or simply living life and letting JOY surprise us by its unexpected beauty.    I know the truth of the statement in  Neh:8 v10 The JOY OF THE LORD is my STRENGTH.    I also know that in His Presence is FULLNESS of JOY.

As we journey this week let’s have open eyes to seek joy in the unexpected, and open hearts  to embrace it and know when it is present in whatever way it surprises.

LIVE LOVE! Journey well!

 

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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One Response to SEEKING JOY – A Challenge

  1. Dawn Marie says:

    FULLness of JOY indeed! Even a stone can make wonderful soup when we look through the eyes of our Lord to see the infinite possibilities in EVERY. Single. Thing. Thank you for the lovely contemplation, Faye. I will definitely take this into my week with me! Hugs & Blessings!

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