I have found that you cannot just decide
to be joyful...because it must
come from deep inside of
a GRATEFUL and Contented HEART.
And I know it doesn't mean that you are happy
all of the time. It's much deeper than that.
I've known some wonderful people
who have gone or are going
through some major trials, and yet
their joyful spirit is the first thing you notice.
For me, I believe that gratefulness
comes when taking the time to recognize, remember and give thanks to my
loving Heavenly Father,
who gave it all for me and who
continues to love and take
care of me.
(in spite of all of my failures)
I don't understand why in the world
I have to go through this pain and trial
of a particular moment in time.
And believe me,
sometimes it takes me some
extra days to be grateful during those times.
Sometimes, I have to shed many tears of pain
and cry out the word "WHY" before
I can lay it to rest in the Lord's hands,
for at least today.
Then tomorrow I may have to give it back
and rest it
in HIS hands again.
(grinning as I realize God's unconditional love never gives up on us)
“It is His joy that remains in us
that makes our joy full.” ~ A. B. Simpson
He is always faithful to deliver on his promises.
He never leaves us to go through our trials alone.
He even sends new life,
like in these pretty spring flowers to
remind us that everything must go through
it's seasons of shedding the old,
the agony of the long
winter waiting with no blooms in site,
before the new
growth that is buried can come out with the freedom of
glorious and joyful beauty!
you find a pop of flowery color.
It's as if God himself planted it in this
exact and surprising little spot
so that it would stand out
and bring a blessing to a person
he knows will need encouragement for the day.
Just like He plants us!
We will be on our way to Pennsylvania
in the morning
to have fun taking care
of our 2 sweet grandchildren, while
their mommy and daddy are at a retreat.
....then while there,
we will also be celebrating
our granddaughter's 6 year birthday!
(I cannot believe she is this old already)
I will certainly be taking pictures and coming
back to share them with you.
I know this for sure.....I am
so thankful for each of you. Truly, your
friendship helps grow the joy inside
of my heart.
~thank y♥u...thank y♥u...thank y♥u~
you are so beautiful to me!!