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Friday, December 16, 2011

Bringing you Joy

A while ago, my niece put up a query on Facebook.  "Tell me what you love."  She got 52 responses, most of which made me smile.

The end of the year is always busy.  All of the various holidays to be celebrated as well as the panic when you realize that the end of the year is nigh and there all these things you meant to do and never did.  I've been trying to weed out things....and frankly, after listing tons on eBay, etc., I'm just not in the mood to type.

So, I thought I would share with you things which bring Joy, and you can comment and tell me what brings you joy.  In the hustle bustle of the season, the bleakness of this time for many, I think we need to focus on joy, if only for just a few moments.  So, while I intend to get to that review I've been planning  of  Lesley Riley's Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Wendy Cotterilll's Lutradur and the New Fibers: Creating Mixed-Media Art with the New Spunbonded Materials  (which I have been thinking about since I purchased the book in January), I'm going to take a break and over the next couple of days, interspersed with the usual things I put here, I'm going  to share some of these joyful things.

To start with, Janean, one of my wonderful friends I have had since junior high said her joys are helping others and realizing what amazing friends, family and students she has.  She's right. While as we go through life, those friends may change, as we ourselves change, there are always those who are truly remarkable and even if that person has touch you for only a little while, thinking back can always bring you joy....and then there's the joy of reconnecting, which the internet is making all the more possible.

Katie, my neice,  shared this:  Common grace, a perfectly-turned phrase.  The way my bunny tips his head up for a scratch on the nose.  When my friends get tood news.  Cooking dinner with people I love. Travel plans.  Maps.  The scent of a house with the windows open. Good conversation.  Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. Christmas lights.  Winter light.  That there is something worth being joyful about every single day. 

So, leave a comment with your own joys...and I'll bring you more for tomorrow. 


Roniquilts2 said...

I get joy out of giving...last week I bought some Hello Kitty clothes and hair things for a little girl I will never know. Salvation Army has a gift tree, with tags on it, No names, just the age, gender, sizes of clothes and types of toys liked. It was lots of fun picking out the out fit and HK hair clips and HK coin purse. :) Joy in my heart as I put the bag of clothes in the SA box, knowing some little girl will enjoy and have a Merry Christmas.

I also find joy in seeing the sun rise, the sunset... the last few days they both have been simply awesome and JOYFUL!!! What a God we have to paint the sky with joy!

I find joy in being thankful...If we find things to be thankful for, joy follows. Even in troubled times, or a bad day, there is always something to be thankful for.

The other day, hubby and I were driving down to town. We were behind a very slow driver, and I had no way to get around him. Hubby got impatient... but I have always felt there is a reason for such things, and thought "OK, God, you're saving me from an accident or something." There is peace and joy in knowing there is a reason for things, people, and happenings in our lives.

Have a grand day, Michigoose....a joyful day!

Michigoose said...

Thanks, Roni! Good thoughts to ponder! I get joy every time I slip a dollar bill into the Kettle...and I do it quite a bit during this season. I fear that it doesn't happen as much as it used to as people just don't carry cash.