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Choosing Joy

My big sister has been telling me to choose joy and to have courage. Her letters almost always end with “Have courage” or “Courage, dear heart.” followed by an “I love you.” She’s my sister by choice, not by birth. She’s the one who got me hooked on journaling, cross stitch, tea, smashbooks, and free sheet music online. I find a lot of joy in these things.

You know where else I find joy?

My morning runs. The sky is big, blue, and beautiful. It’s still a little chilly in the morning but the sun feels warm on my face and arms. My music playlist is full of songs that mention running- running to Jesus that is. 🙂 Like Forever Reign (Sung by One Sonic Society)

Oh I’m running to Your arms, I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love, will always be enough
And nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

If I’m not thinking about running, my heart is singing about my life and what God is doing. Steady by For King & Country is one I listen to often. I love the lyrics, especially the chorus.

You keep me steady when the sky is falling
And I’ll keep steady after You
I’ll carry on when my strength is failing
Take heart ’cause You’re with me
So let the stars drop, whatever comes
I’ll be ready, You keep me steady
You keep me steady

Music in general does good to my soul.

Tea does too. Little things like handwritten letters, watching Studio C with my siblings, or texts from my dearest friends bring joy.

Books have returned and taken a part in my life again. I’m reading Vinegar Boy and I’m trying not to cry over this book every time I pick up where I left off. I haven’t gotten to Jesus’ crucifixion just yet, but Alberta Hawse has done a marvelous job up to this point.

My devotions have brought so much joy. I’ve been dry for a while but now it’s become a fresh drink of water. I’m in Numbers, Proverbs, and James. I’ve jumped ahead of my Choice Gleanings Calendar because I have a craving for truth, for hope, and for help. After going through Psalms, a couple have stuck with me. Psalms 91:1-5,

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

I love this entire Psalm, but those five verses are what I read the most.

Another one is Psalm 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

My heart is healing. So far this week has been really good. There’s a prayer meeting at church today. I always find joy there.

“Choose joy today. Have courage. I love you.”

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