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Day # 15 GOODchristmas:: Joy

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to

give. — Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Spread a little holiday joy – while at that drive through today (or this week) pay for the person behind you.

 

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. Proverbs 11:24 (msg)

Day 20: Kind Words Towards the Ones We Love

All I have to say is that this Christmas season has not gone the way I was expecting. It’s hasn’t been bad, just not as “planned”.

I started prepping and planning early this year in hopes to relish-in and embrace every moment. I had “GOODchristmas” experiences planned out and was determined to blog or at least post everyday. I envisioned expected everyday to be infussed with this joy that carried me through this season like I was floating on clouds {sigh}. But then…

 LIFE happened.

 

As much as I prepared and made a conscious decision to not be caught-up in the hustle and the bustle; I did! I was busy with work (not my “mommy” and “wife” stuff, my “nurse” stuff {wink}). I fell behind on some projects and prep, which left me being more like my normal procrastinating-rushing-last-minute self.

Then sickness set in for the whole family. And that really annoying  kind too (not like there’s any other kind). Just sick enough to make the day difficult, but not enough to need to see a doctor because there just isn’t anything that can be done except to rest and hydrate. BUT… now it’s less then a week before Christmas, I have 2 night shifts to put in at work and a LIST of “fun” things to do with the family as well as finishing up a few gifts I’m making this year. “REST” and “hydrate” was not on any of those lists.

Anyways, today’s GOODchristmas experience was what I needed. I was loosing it yesterday…being frustrated and angry with my kids and husband. It wasn’t pretty. (confession – I thought this “experience” was going to be easy by this point; remember so much joy…“floating on clouds!!!!). God knew I was going to need this experience for myself when he placed it on my heart back in October/November.  So here it is::

Day 20::  Kind words towards the ones we love

Christmas is getting closer and we maybe starting to feel the pressure of “time running out”. Resist the urg to be rushed, upset, or easily angered with your spouse, kids, family or friends. Try to go out of your way to be extra kind to someone close to you, without using a bought gift or with expecting anything in return.
I’m glad my heart can be changed TODAY!
How about you?
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Floating Prayers

Last night was Home Front night with the boys. We took a “caravan” with Abram to the land of Canaan [Genesis 12:1-9].  JC “played” Abram and hitched a ride on Scott [our Camel of the evening]. As we read through the passage we journeyed through our front yard. When we reached v8, we stopped at our little mound, which served as a hill. Then I remembered that I brought bubbles with us, so I opened them up and we read v8::

He moved on from there to the hill.. and prayed to God.

We blow the bubbles like prayers up to God. We prayed for JC’s friend/classmate that has not been at school this week. We prayed for God to keep him safe and to bless his family!

The visual of the bubbles floating up and up and up as we prayed, was like watching our prayers being brought up to God. It’s kind a silly comparison,  I know. I’m sure I could find a bunch of ways that “theologically” this is a bad comparison if you try to go too deep with it.

But I loved the JOY that our family had in the front yard, blowing bubbles of prayers to God together.

Scott, JC and Micah blowing "prayer bubbles"

JC with his backpack {representing taking all his possessions on his journey like Abram} blowing his bubble praise and prayers to God

When was the las time that you had FUN and JOY while you prayed to God?

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