Isaiah 55:12 (ESV)
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Joy. The last word in my series, and an important one…especially as 2016 comes to an end. It’s been a tough year for a lot of people. Six of my friends have lost a parent this year, my dad lost his third wife, there have been cancer diagnoses, other illnesses, suicides…the list goes on. How do you find joy in the midst of all of this? I think you have to choose it.
When I feel overwhelmed, I look for joy in the simple things. It may seem trivial…and of course it does not take away the pain of what is going on, but it does help me to take the focus off of the bad. Some of the things that give me joy:
Spending time with my hubby.
Having family time with my kiddos…which is hard because their schedules are so crazy.
A cafe mocha from Starbucks (hey don’t underestimate a good cup of coffee).
Walking in the rain with Lucy…I can talk to myself and no one can see me doing it because of the umbrella (smile).
Hearing a baby laugh.
Being in nature…if it’s the ocean that is a bonus.
Coming home to my dog Lucy…she always makes me feel like I’m the most important person in the world…and I guess I am since I’m her person (smile).
Puppies and kittens…luckily the internet is full of these so I don’t have to adopt any more furry babies…four is enough for me!
Laughing with a friend.
These are just some of the things that bring me joy. They are simple, but things don’t have to be grand to bring us joy. My friend Tara has a great perspective on joy that she shares in her blog “Songs of Joy“. You should check it out!
I encourage you to find joy in the simple things. Life is too short and finding joy can help bring us peace, hope, and love.
Peace, Hope, Love, Joy…the words of this holiday season. I hope you have them all, but especially love…because love matters.