Thursday, December 18, 2008

Ode to Joy

Last night I was practicing with the trio for a song we're singing on Sunday. It's called JOY.

I don't know about you, but it is SO EASY to forget to be joyful this "joyful" time of year...

I've been crazy-busy at work. The economy makes my stomach hurt. We've all been sick. I haven't finished all my Christmas shopping. ALL of that can distract from our joy if we let it.

The thing is, circumstances don't HAVE to be "just so" in order to have joy. We don't have to have joy BECAUSE of our circumstances. We can have joy IN them.

I can have joy "just because." In my mind, it's a decision I can make. I CHOOSE JOY.

There are some things that give me joy no matter what is going on:

Hebrews 13:5-6
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" That gives me joy... we're not alone in this!

There are other things (maybe not so spiritual) that give me joy (not a complete list... I always think of other things to add as soon as I push "Publish"):
Music... singing it, playing it, listening to it. Right now, I'm LOVING Christmas music... Mariah, Jessica Simpson, Amy Grant, Point of Grace, Avalon (whose song JOY we're singing!)
Reading... it can be an escape if it's fiction, funny and/or motivating if it's non-fiction, and completely inspired by God if it's the Bible! :)
Family... there's a special kind of joy I feel when I spend time with my family. My kids and hubby are joy-provoking. And the rest of my family... well, all I can say is that I'm thrilled that I'll get to spend so much time with them in the next few weeks!
Friends... joy, joy, joy!!! There are some I see all the time, some I only see every couple years, and a lot in between... and I count them ALL joy! You should have seen how "joyful" I was with Cara and Ginger last night while we were practicing... I was doing my "joyful" cheerleading jumps while they were doing their solos... (I was NOT a cheerleader, in case you were wondering! Nor do I have one ounce of coordination! But I was immature joyful!)
Photography... it's an old love that's been renewed in the past few years, thanks to my hubby's NEW love for it. Sometimes we tussle over the camera! There's something about documenting EVERYTHING that helps to remind me what's REALLY important in my life...

What are your thoughts? Are they joyful?

I will joy in the God of my salvation. --Hab. iii. 18.


granny2five said...

Wonderfully uplifting blog. We had more troubling news (from the neuro-ophthalomologist this time) today, but I definitely have joy. My husband's blessedly even temper is bringing me joy during this difficult time. Having family and friends who are loving and supportive brings me joy. Watching the beautiful baby daughter of a friend at church Sunday night do her very best to tell everyone she met, "Merwy Cwismas!" You're right. Joy (like love) is a choice.

Blessed Mama said...

Great post. I get joy from so many little things in life--an unexpected hug, a nice compliment, a note in the mail, a good cup of coffee--as well as big things. I am SO excited to spend time with family in the coming weeks too!!! It's keeping me going in this crazy boring week.

Blessed Mama said...

btw, when is my favorite trio singing? I think we'll be there on the 28th. I'll probably miss it, huh?

Busy Momma said...

Yup. Sorry. We're singing this Sunday... keep the joy! hee.