The Joy of the Lord

Before I get started on what I want to write today, I want to let all my reader(s) know that my life is not perfect.  For one, I just ate an entire Red Baron pizza for lunch.  Yes, the whole thing.  Seriously, though, I do things I wish I didn’t.  I get angry at my kids sometimes.  I watch too much TV.  I have critical thoughts more than I would like.  Sometimes I value the wrong things.  I know there is a degree to which we put our best foot forward in the blogging world.  And, honestly, my personality does tend to see the world through rose-colored lenses: everything will work out, people are trustworthy, life is good, etc.  I do believe all of that.  God has gifted me with faith (we all different gifts; that is one of mine).  And, I have quality parents whose biggest mistakes are peanuts compared to what others have gone through.  Even so, we live in a fallen world and life is not always perfect.

(And now to my point)

Recently, I was sitting at a coffee shop (that has a kids’ play area…its really cool) waiting to meet a friend.  I was enjoying a white chocolate mocha, which I do not do very often, so it is a real treat.  And, all of a sudden, I had an overwhelming sense of how blessed I am.  God just sort of flooded me with gratefulness.  It was one of the coolest feelings I have had in awhile.  Not that everything is perfect, but God has truly blessed me.

I recognize that we are all in different seasons of life.  Many of you are in a hurting season or a hard season of life.  But there is just something so rewarding about being thankful, even in the midst of that.  Of course, things are going pretty well right now for me, so it is sort of easy to say that.  I just hope that the gratefulness I have now stands strong through whatever trials life may throw at me.  The God I love and serve is way bigger than any of that.

I could go on and on about recent little blessings from the Lord.  We’d be here all day.  It has just been a really neat couple of days….experiencing a joy that is truly from God.

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On a much different note, the weather today is AMAZING!!!  It is about 68 degrees outside.  All of the snow has finally melted.  It is supposed to be in the 30s tomorrow, so we have been enjoying this weather all day.  Brett has Mondays off from work, so we washed our cars while our children took naps (which they are still taking).  Both of our cars were so nasty, and I really love a clean car (surprise, I know).  When the kids wake up, we’ll play outside for a really long time!  Too bad it gets dark early.

Good weather does wonders for my mood.  I do not mind snow and cold for a little while, but when the sun shines and the warmth comes, I just have a little more pep in my step.

I am going to go enjoy the sunshine!  I have plenty of cold days to spend blogging!!

Have a wonderful day.  Be blessed.

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