Be Happy for no Reason….

“Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”


Ava has always loved playing in the rain ever since she was a toddler. She would cry at the door in her boots until I would let her out. Now she is seven and some things have not changed.


Today, I choose Joy. God already knows what this day brings, and he’s got my back. No need to WORRY!
If only we could be like children and find happiness in a puddle through rain speckled glasses.

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Joy in finding Christmas Cheer…reach out to help others this year


Everything is merry and bright…It’s the most wonderful time of the year right? Ummm…not always the case. Christmas for some can be the hardest time of the year. As I sit here this morning with my coffee, fire going, and my lights twinkling, I am feeling blessed that I can be cheerful and at moments..”merry and bright”. I’m not saying my life is perfect and easy right now but I feel so blessed that for the first time in several years, our family and extended family is not dealing with major illness, treatments, cancer, death or painful grieving. I can remember the days when I would rush through the store in a daze trying to find those last minute gifts,half smiling at “joyful people” just trying to get out and back to my car where I would take a deep breath and just want to cry. I want to share the things that did help me during those times. Small tokens of love from others. Friends that helped with meals when my husband was on his crazy iodine free diet. Help with my kids. invites to have a cup of coffee and just chat. little notes or cards. I can go on and on because I am very blessed with a great support system. I remember when my husband had surgery two years ago, every one of my close friends showed up at the hospital in the waiting room along with my mother and mother-in-law. They brought food and magazines and most importantly they took almost a whole day from their own busy schedule to be with me while I waited and they prayed for my husband and my family. I never forget an act of kindness and I always feel that tug at my heart to pay it forward. Sometimes people think they can’t help enough so they don’t help at all. You don’t have to build someone a house or dig a water well, not everybody can do those things, but just reach out to one person. When you see someone is in need, take a few minutes to listen to them. Offer to help with a meal or run an errand for them.  Even help those who have a hard time accepting your help, I promise, they need it most! Not to mention, helping others, helps you take your mind off of your own issues. No matter what you are going through, somebody always has it worse. I have friends and acquaintances going through some of these things I mentioned above and other things I have not mentioned. My heart goes out to them and I hope and pray they can find joy this Christmas season even with the difficulties, financial burdens and sadness. I challenge all of you to find at least one person to reach out to this month. Deliver a tree, make a meal, send a card, give a hug. “Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded”. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

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“let no one ever come to you without leaving better or happier” – Mother Teresa

Finding Joy in “Having Peace”…Day Six.


I use to hear people say “take it one day at a time” but I only heard not listened. As you know, going through Life trials will quickly teach you that today is all that we can properly take on or were meant to take on. Fretting over our yesterdays and worrying about our tomorrows is just too big of a burden to carry; it will ware us out spiritually , emotionally and even physically.  We can live in peace, joy and hope one day at a time because: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Today I find Joy in having peace!

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Finding Joy in Kind Words…Day Four


A person finds joy in giving an apt reply and how good is a timely word! Proverb 15:23

I don’t think some people really know how much a simple kind word means to another person. Today was an ordinary Tuesday but at the end of the day I received such kind words from a dear friend. Words that I know came from the heart. Today I find joy in kindness in a world that is not always so kind. I find joy in trustworthy friends which I am so blessed with!

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“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. Though
they do not cost much, the accomplish much. They make other people
good-natured. They also produce their own image in other men’s souls, and a
beautiful image it is.” – Blaise Pascal

Finding Joy in each Day …Day two


Oooh… Monday Monday! Mondays always call for an extra cup of Joe. Today I found Joy in having a “mommy lunch”. After the morning chores and before the start of school pickups, carpools and preparing dinner, back in the far right corner of our favorite lunch place we chatted and laughed. Talked about our kids, our weekends, our week ahead. We gave advice and took advice. Just unguarded conversation with a couple of my favorite people. Seems like a simple thing but when your love language is “quality time” you always feel Joy when people take time from their busy life for you. When I left, I thought, how could I be blessed with such wonderful people in my life always at the right time…It’s just another GOD thing!

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Seek to become someone’s true friend
Proverbs 18:24

Finding Joy in each Day…Day One


So I have decided to take a little writing challenge about finding joy in each day. Sometimes we go each day just getting through to the next. The same routine… working, cooking, cleaning, dropping kids, picking up kids, homework, bed time stories…you get the picture. Longing for that “TGIF” only to have the same weekend regimen. Some days are easy to be thankful for and some days are hard. I have to remind myself…happiness depends on this world but true joy depends on God. Today I am thankful for many things and it is just morning! I am thankful that my sweet Ava is well. When she gets sick my mood tends to change, I start to think about how much I hate her mcadd illness and about how it will affect her future. This week was a challenge, Maverick was out of town. Life didn’t stop just because Ava was sick. I don’t sleep much when she is ill, so 5 days of illness equals 5 days of little sleep. By last night, I put a movie on for her and fell asleep at 4:30. I was so glad to get my hubby at 9:45 last night from the airport! Yes, I yawned all the way there and back! As I sit here this morning listening to my happy, well child babble in the bedroom with her daddy that she missed so much, I am thankful that her disorder is treatable and that we have the knowledge and the means to keep her healthy. I am thankful that I can be home with her. I am thankful that I have a loving hard working husband who takes good care of us. As I am thankful for all of these things, my heart aches for those who don’t have these things. This makes me thankful to God for giving me challenges in my life. He has given me the ability to have empathy and sympathy for others. To want to reach out to them not grudgingly but willingly. Because of Ava I see things so differently than I did years ago…thank you Lord!

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“Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place”
1 Chronicles 16:27