Seeking Joy

I love to take pictures.  I also love to journal.  Both are ways and means for me to capture my thoughts, my sights, my special and sometimes awful moments in life.  I want to remember me, my life, my faith journey, my journey as a mother, wife, friend, daughter.  Almost every day I take at least one picture.  A picture that captures something I do not want to forget.  I also journal every day.   Sometimes I simply write a couple of sentences and other mornings I write pages.

I have been trying my hardest to pursue joy lately.  To seek joy despite my sinful heart wanting to be discontent.  To see the beauty around me and praying that my heart would reflect the beauty of Christ. I have so much to be thankful for.  I have to choose joy or I live each day angry.  Wanting more.  I don’t mean material more…I mean everything more..  Discontent can so easily overwhelm and destroy me.  Destroy my day.  Destroy my testimony of who I am in Christ.

I thought I might share little glimpses of what means joy to me.

Sunshine in our living room.

Dinner with close friends.  A dear friend expecting her first born. A baby boy.

Laughter.  It is good for the soul.

Beautiful table settings followed by a delicious meal.

Babies and their smudgy marks left on glass.

A daddy who loves his girls.

And they love him.

Easy recipes that turn into an amazing meal. (found here . I  used turkey sausage)

Celebrating my sister’s 30th birthday and her 4th baby.  A little boy.

And this morning as I spent time in His word I felt my heart overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness.  His word is good, it is life-giving and sustaining.  It meets my deepest, my every, my most important need.  My need for him.

My verse today-

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”

-James 3:17-18

 

8 Responses to Seeking Joy

  1. bchallies says:

    Appreciating the “little” things in life, makes or breaks it…

  2. I love your posts! A good reminder for me to stop and take some pictures today. Love the picture with you and your sisters and Mom!

  3. carissa says:

    pursuing joy… it’s definitely the way to live. i have found that the more i focus on things around me, the less i focus on Him. the less i focus on Him, the more discontent i am! it really is so true that all we need is Him. now, if i can just live there.

  4. maryanne helms says:

    Love it! Joy is a pursuit. A gift. Love the photos. Keep taking them!!!

  5. Betty says:

    I need to journal. Thank you so much for this post, a reminder to find joy in the every day, find contentment. I read this at work and almost started crying, thank you for always being so honest and open Grace.

  6. Susanna says:

    Love it sister! I love all the things that bring you joy and touched that our coming little boy is one of those things!! I definitely agree that lack of joy can really harm our testimonies. I find this especially with neighbors. They’re the people that see my up close and personal at my best…or at my worst. I have found even recently with my neighbors that things have been more strained and I think it is because recently, I came across as sort of moody with them. Just not really trying to be cheerful and friendly but letting my tired, frazzled feelings show through.

    Anyways, love you!

  7. Danelle says:

    another beautiful post, Grace. Your sisters and mom are so beautiful! Thanks for the reminder that joy is ours for the taking if we choose it, in Him! Love you, sister!

  8. LeAnna says:

    I think it’s easier to live in joy when we realize what it means to be in Christ. The joy of the Lord truly is our strength, even on the days when we’re not feeling very strong. And somehow I find strength and joy go hand in hand…

    Cute pics of you girls! Lots of boys being born the latter part of this year and into the first part of next. That’s what we’re having, too!

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