I think I've mentioned how despite a very difficult time in our lives -- just overly challenging in more ways than I can count -- the Lord has really been working in me to Seek Joy amidst every day. Those words, "Seek Joy!" are the banner on my cell phone. I have a piece of carved word art in my kitchen in bright red that reads: "JOY." I try to visually remind myself in every way to seek joy no matter my immediate circumstances.
In some ways, I've become annoying to friends and family with this attitude. I do have to step back sometimes and allow them to verbalize their struggles and to empathize with them before trying to point out the joy amidst whatever pain they're feeling. There's a balance there. I'm still learning.
In the meantime, I picked up a book this week at Marshall's (I love how Marshall's has the randomest book selection that sometimes yields just the right reading material) called, The Book of Awesome. It's not really a new book or a new concept, but the book fell into my hands at just the perfect time. There is a website/blog that came before the book and the author seems to maintain even still and if you're having a ho-hum kind of day, I recommend you check it out and be reminded of your own joy moments this week. There really are so many that get easily overlooked.
So here are my top Joy Moments from this week, in no particular order. I even got some pictures of some of them, so you won't be bored with just my words. (Though my husband reminded me that I don't need to feel threatened by the thousands of beautiful blogs out there with more pictures than words, because to me, words are art! I can feel proud of the fact that I think so.)
3. The process of deciding the perfect place to hang these new additions to our home decor. I'm thinking our front room ... but which wall? Hmmm. So many things to consider.
5. Getting the new Dyson Animal for free. True! We'd earned bank rewards on a credit card or something and that, plus a sale at Target, enabled us to get this quite expensive vacuum for nothing.
6. Getting free attachments for our new Dyson Animal because we had remembered to register our original Dyson and they were trying to convince us to buy another one now that it's been six years. Some might call it coincidence that we both earned bank rewards and a free coupon from Dyson at exactly the same time, but I call it: God's Provision. And that's always something joyful!!
Never mind the bonus joy item being that this balloon is named SonRise and the collectible cards have a verse from the Bible on them: Matthew 4:19. I love when people do big, noticeable things for the Lord. Like put a giant balloon in the sky and then hand out cards making a statement about their beliefs. Cool.