but i like joy.
don't we all?
and so today's list is going to be things that make my heart sing. things that take me out of the sadness momentarily, and lift me to a higher place. and some of them may be a surprise...others, probably not.
1. car rides with friends
there's something about a trip, whether 10 minutes or 10 hours, that opens up conversation in a way that sitting over a cup of coffee or meeting at a movie theater won't do. maybe it's the sunlight tickling the corners of the car and shedding light on life itself. maybe it's that moment when darkness has descended on the day and you feel safe to talk about what's real. i find that those conversations often continue out of the car and onto my couch...and it's a blessed time.
2. knowing i am loved
i have a Godly man who reminds me of that multiple times daily. i have his family who not only say it...they show it. i have my family who loves me in the best way they can. i have church familIES who minister to my spirit and soul. i have friends who will drop everything just to be with me. and i have perfect strangers who have prophesied words of love and grace over me.
those are just a few examples...and they are all reflections of the Father's love
3. a baby
i told a lady in class tonight "you don't have to operate in the prophetic to know that i'm drawn to babies!" and it's true. there's something about snuggling a little one close...something about hearing those giggles (or in finn's case, those fake coughs!), something about the innocence and trust. i love reading a book, snuggling in, and putting a baby to bed. there's something so tender and wonderful about those moments -- i consider them sacred.
and as much as i've loved on everyone else's babes, i am so ready for the day when i rock my own little one before bedtime.
the last few months have made her even sweeter. i feel like she "checks" on me now -- jumping up on the bed or couch with me when i walk in the door, sometimes even jumping into my lap. she's never been overly affectionate, so i love those moments
5. hot coffee
it's been so chilly here lately, and coffee just warms my insides and makes me feel...comfortable. at rest.
i haven't done it much lately, and i need to. sometimes a walk in pure creation, conquering a steep ridge, or just crunching leaves underfoot in a forest is exactly the recharge i need.
7. the prophetic
i don't pretend to understand it all, and i'm certainly no expert...but going to this class has really highlighted my gifts and given me reassurance and affirmation about areas of my life and personality that i had always questioned. it's been such an encouragement...and honestly last night's class was the very thing that lifted me -- at least for awhile -- out of the funk i had been in
reading your blogs -- they make me laugh, cry, think.
writing in my own -- it gives me a voice, and stretches me to be more authentic and transparent.
words like "restore" "refresh" "renew"... they give me hope.
9. ethnic foods
i'm a fan of thai in particular...but going to experience the food of another region of the world is somehow enlightening to me. i don't know -- there's something about the experience that reminds me to treat each day as a new adventure. maybe that's a stretch or corny or something...but i somehow relate the two
of course. it's my language. it's how i felt God speaking long before i ever realized that He actually does speak. it's how i've learned to speak back to Him...long before i ever knew that He cared about what i had to say. and so it's special. it's amazing. and i never go through a day without it, in some way, shape or form.
will you join me in sharing what brings you joy? if you post something on your blog, will you let me know so i can read it? if you don't post it on your blog...will you share it in a comment? i think sharing these things will make God smile today...and it'll certainly make ME smile!