Wednesday, January 14, 2009

JOY (and a giveaway)


rejoice; feel happiness or joy; the emotion of great happiness; gladden; make glad or happy

Such a simple word but sadly, such a difficult thing for me to focus on.

But this year, I'm really and honestly going to try.

I'm trying to..........

EnJOY more...........friends, family, and all of the many blessings God has given me

See the the good times, the bad times, and all those times in between

Find the little things, the big things, the crazy things, the silly things

Look for the JOY..........everywhere, every day

Focus on the JOY..............instead of checking off things on my too long to-do list

Remembering that JOY is not dependent upon circumstances-

but is based instead on our relationship with God.

To help on my JOY quest for this year, I decided I needed a reminder,

something I would see daily that would put JOY on my mind.

So the other day after a trip to Michael's (for only $7)
I made a little something to go on my mantle as a JOY reminder

and am praying it will help me focus on the JOY in my life.

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength

Nehemiah 8:10b

PS Leave me a comment with a word you are trying to focus on this year and I'll use a random number generator to choose one of you to make a reminder for! :)


  1. Faith is my word this year. I really need to focus on trusting God more...and having faith. Just trusting God isn't the same as having faith in God. Faith is so much deeper than that.

  2. free
    is my word.
    More like debt-free as my focus will be paying of the credit cards so I can be free from debt and then free to live the way I want.

  3. Hope.

    Because the first thing that consumes me when I get down is a feeling of hopelessness. I realize that without hope.... none of us function very well. Or me, anyway.

  4. I blogged about this, too. My words are obedience and faith.

    How did you make those letters?

  5. Peace~ inside, outside, to give & receive.

  6. Mine for the year could be HOPE.. but the main one is CONSISTANCY..

  7. Faith... Im trying to have faith in all things, especially God.

  8. Thanks for the blog advice & for entering our giveaway! I just added ways for you to get extra enties in our giveaway...come by and check it out. Ok so I'm off to check out your great blog!

    Take Care

  9. Mercy...

    I want to be more merciful and also more aware of the mercy shown to me.

  10. As I have told Wendy before, I bet your house is absolutely gorgeous!! What I've seen on here is!

    My word is that wall over your mantle!
    I have great HOPE that my sister's new MS therapy will have her feeling so much better and HOPE that MS research will make great strides his year!!!
    I would love the reminder but, I think I would give it to Suzanne to encourage her!

    If I don't win, your next post will be showing us how to do that....right?!!!

  11. Mine would have to be Peace. I struggle with being at Peace with decisions that I have made, need to make and am making.

  12. My word is (FAITH) this is important! Without faith it's impossible to please God!

  13. Beauty.

    Find the beauty in all things.

    What a great idea.