Joy, revisited

 

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Really? Really?  Really. Is that what joy is supposed to look like? Cuz my joy hasn’t looked anything like that all year long.  Not even one iota close. Maybe wish it had, maybe it would have felt like the earth moved and the world changed a bit for me, yes, for once, for ME! But nah,  it didn’t.

But what did my joy feel like this year?  Was it quiet? Was it rumbling? Was it at least happy? Let me show you a few pics of what my joy felt like…..

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nothing like mom and daughter bonding! 

 

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Getting ready to celebrate K’s 12th birthday!

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Our new dog, Cooper! 

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Messy hair and out to eat! 

These are the celebrations of joy we had. None were really jump out of our skin into the air moments, and I know it’s not all of our joyful moments of the year. It’s just few that K and I have had along the way. I can tell you that there were definitely more joyful moments in the latter part of 2015 than the beginning because big changes happened in the middle of the summer for both of us for the BETTER!!!! Let me tell you, that made a world of difference in the joyfulness of our lives. More on that when I’m on my laptop to type. But for now, more to think on.  What does joy feel like to you? Like that first pic? Or something in between?

~Julie

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Thinking back over 2015

My word for this year was JOY. hmmm.

When I was young and going to Bible school at DeerCreek Lutheran Church, I remember learning that joy represented:

J= Jesus

O= Others

Y= You

That was for us to remember the order in which we pray and give thanks.  Jesus first, then for others,  then yourself.  I still think that is a pretty cool formula!

I want to do more thinking and writing on this subject of joy and what it has meant to me throughout this past year. I will do more in the coming days. 💜

small things, Big Difference – One Word 2015

I do not like resolutions and or huge goals….why? Because I feel like I will fail before I even start. So, while listening to Pastor Craig Groeschel speak in this video “small things, Big Difference”, I have learned that I need to figure out “what do I want most over what I want now?” (good question, eh?) 1 Cor 9:24-27 (go read it), we are running to WIN!!! *the Eternal Prize*.  We need to run with purpose. So….What do YOU want most??? YOU! Yes YOU!!

  1. One Word: Small beginnings
  2. My One Discipline: thoughts, think on these things. A sentence, Bible verse(s), something to help you remember your ONE WORD
  3. Build others up: Use Godly words. The power of God’s disciple, being faithful in the small things. Seeing the small things that maybe no one else sees. Power verses to remind you of God’s work in you.

Seek small things
Seek discipline
Seek God for One Disciple
Use that forward momentum
Have an impact in this world!!!

2015:

My one word for this coming year is JOY.

The reason I chose this word is because in 2014, I hadn’t felt much joy.  I had a very hard time finding much joy.  It wasn’t that I was sad all the time, I just didn’t feel content.  My head was constantly going with all the things I thought I “had” to do.  In the meantime, I had numerous people ask me, “what brings you joy, Julie?” After thinking on this question for quite some time, I couldn’t even come up with a list on one hand. Then I did some praying and meditation, JOY was the first word that popped into my head. I will be working hard incorporating more joy into my life, in all areas: relationships (family, friends, professional contacts, etc), college, and my college work, volunteering, writing, looking for work, and my adventure in locating new housing.  I will attempt to find joy in just about anything and anyone I come into contact with.  I have my small notebook ready to go.

My power verses:    I want to memorize these.

Psalm 98:4 (NIRV) Shout to the Lord with joy, everyone on earth. Burst into joyful songs and make music.
Philippians 4:4 (NIRV) Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful.
Psalm 86:4 (NIRV) Bring joy to me. Lord, I worship you.
John 15:11 (NIRV) I have told you this so that my joy will be in you. I also want your joy to be complete.
Psalm 94:19 (NIRV) I was very worried. But your comfort brought joy to my heart.
2 Timothy 1:4 (NIRV) I remember your tears. I long to see you so that I can be filled with joy.

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Merry Christmas from my place to yours!!

Merry Christmas!!

K was up around 5:15am….I, of course, was still sleeping.  She got up and patiently (or not so much) waited til my eyes were more open.  Coffee in hand….she started opening gifts.  We had a secret Angel this Christmas.  They are a wonderful family who knew that we just moved her and bought some presents for K and even for me.  lol

Anyways, Merry Christmas to all my friends and family out there.

You have been the best support and love I could ever ask for.

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Holy Moley!! Days 16 and 17

How in the world did these 2 days fly by and I didn’t get in my thankfulness???  I think that I will roll 16 and 17 into one….it’s a biggie!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am so very thankful to GOD and my family.  Today my great aunt was hit by a train.  YES  A TRAIN!!!  It happened in a small town in north Iowa.    This little town has tracks that run right through the middle of the town.  Population maybe 50.  Anyways, there were a couple cars ahead of her and they drove right on through.  She thought it was safe to go as well.  She looked and didn’t see the train nor did she hear any whistles.  The train caught her back bumper and twirled her around.  I think my mom said it hit the car in 3 places as it spun around.  The ONLY place that was not bunged up on the car was the place where she was sitting.  God and his angels were definitely watching over her.  Also, her son was just coming into town and he saw the little red car but not thinking it was his mother, he went to her house.  She wasn’t there.  He headed to the tracks.  Another miracle.  He was there for her at the right time.  911 was called, and she was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.  She has bumps and bruises.  She has a very hurt ankle that she can’t walk on.  She is 84 years old.  Holy cows, I am so glad that God was with her and around her.  It could have much much worse.  She is home tonight with her other son and daughter -in-law.  She may have to go to a nursing home for some rehab until that ankle gets better but she is good.

I am also so very thankful for my mom.  I miss her some days somethin fierce.  I am only nearly 2 hours from her, but not seeing her is hard.  I love my mom.  I can’t imagine my life without her.  It’s hard that my dad isn’t alive too.  I miss him too.  God has got them both tho.  In heaven my dad is watching over us.  On earth, my mom is watching over me and K.  I wish I could give her more.  More love.  Repay the money I owe.  Win the lottery and give her retirement that she surely deserves.  For now, I will continue to love her and tell her that I love her everyday.

Senseless Joy

I HAD to repost this.  It’s

From: Oprah and the Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour Teachers Live from Toronto: The Power of Forgiveness

21 Rules for Everyday Senseless Joy

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1. After all clumsy, embarrassing moments, you must curtsy.

2. Call up your best friend once a month—and play her favorite song, anonymously without one word—making sure that you hear her rustle, sit-dancing in her office chair.

3. Close your eyes when you drink orange juice. It makes it taste better.

4. Make up a lovable name for your least favorite body part. Like Irene. Nobody hates a thigh named Irene.

5. While you’re driving behind a school bus with kids at the windows waving to everyone in cars, you must wave back—and honk three times.

6. When in doubt, add extra garlic, extra butter or extra bubble bath.

7. Always scan your dimes for the date. Dimes, unlike pennies and quarters, do not tarnish. One that’s three times your age gives you a whole new perspective on how to get older—without losing your shine.

8. To-do lists and angry letters to the phone or electric company must be written in silver glitter ink.

9. You may not leave the house without smelling the top of the head of your child, partner or pet. Inhale their scent (even if it’s unwashed) for at least two breaths.

10. Once a year, take yourself out for a mandatory lunch at a restaurant with fancy waiters. Sit at a table for four. Order three courses, including wine and a dish that must be set on fire.

11. If you’re watching a comedy, laugh. If you’re watching a tearjerker, cry. If you’re watching a ballroom dance show, dance—preferably in some kind of spangled, neon, rhinestone-bedazzled, midriff-baring outfit.

12. Keep your cat, childhood teddy bear or even one of those microfiber cleaning cloths (which, by the way, do work better than plain old rags) in reach at all times. Studies have proven that soft, fuzzy objects defeat the blues.

13. Prior to visiting your parents, you are required to watch Bruce and Esther Huffman from McMinnville, Oregon, test out their new webcam.

14. All stickers offered to you by someone under the age of 13 must be accepted, slapped on and worn for at least one hour. Preferably on your cheek.

15. Never delete accidentally dialed voice messages from family. Listening to your nieces and nephews sing “Jingle Bells” as they walk to school, for example—complete with thumps and breathing and indecipherable muttering about haircuts—turns a boring afternoon at work into a visit home.

16. Saying no to cotton candy is strictly forbidden.

17. If you hear a person crying in the bathroom, pass them a wad of tissue under the stall—without a word.

18. Each time you pass a street musician playing the instrument that you quit as a child, place one crisp, full dollar in the cup and wait until the absolute end of the song to applaud.

19. Always note how the foam on a cappuccino magically parts when you add sugar, then closes right back up.

20. At least once in your life, pour a bottle of dish soap into a bubbling outdoor public fountain.

21. Never go to bed without looking up at the ceiling and thanking it for keeping out the rain.

Get Happy!

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Rules-for-Everyday-Senseless-Joy-Leigh-Newman/1#ixzz1vhZ3OK9D

May 16, 2012 – Mental Confidence

I have been struggling a lot lately with trying to be in control of EVERYTHING around me.  Somedays  it really feels like life is spiraling out below me or around me.  I am taking a couple classes at Argosy University this summer term.  Not really hard classes except busy.  Research Methods is killing me  LOL.  But I am in control right?

I am looking for a new place to live.  Money is so tight.  But also I received a call today for a second interview at the dental office I applied at.  Good.  But makes me more busy.  K will be out of school on Monday next week.  So soon she will be up here with me.  But I have to get the apartment and job.  But….I can’t control that.  Well, sort of.  I keep working at it.  I keep trying to get it all done.  I about drove myself insane yesterday and wanted to quit my classes.  But I went, and really enjoyed it.  Enjoyed being there and learning.

I am learning that mentally I need more confidence in myself and my abilities.  I know what I can do.  Not always sure when enough is enough, though.

There are a few things I have learned lately through my classes and even just in my life experiences relating to confidence. Confidence:

Removes FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) – Personal confidence can remove hesitation, which is an attribute that originates from fear.

Provides Opportunity – By removing that hesitation, you then begin to open doors of opportunity.

Builds Personal Posture – Once opportunities begin to come into your life, you begin to build your personal posture.  Similar to physical posture of sitting up straight and standing tall, personal posture is your stance and the value you give yourself, which displays a command of respect from those around you.

There are also a few things that not having enough confidence can do to you as well.   (As I have learned very well!)

Negative associations – Friends that drain your personal confidence must be avoided at all cost.  If they are not for you, then they are against you. I hate to be so dramatic, but I think you get the message loud and clear.

Excessive Media Exposure – Every day the media exposes you to a large quantity of negative news.   If left unchecked, this negative bombardment can creep into your subconscious and make you feel as if you are part of a chaotic world of which you have no control, which could not be further from the truth.

Negative Self Talk – If the voice in your head was an actual friend, how long would that friendship last? I think this speaks for itself.

 

You know we are all one of a kind.  We are unique.  Spend time each day settling your mind and opening your heart to your source. Let go of your limited thoughts and abilities and accept the peace of omnipotence and omnipresence from God. Don’t allow your own limitations to limit God in your life.  Share your joy with others.  If most people are looking for happiness through luck or happenstance, show them the power of real joy available in every moment.  Live by example and share the power of joy and bliss by living lovingly, peacefully and positively in this world. If you want to see joy in this world, then it must start with you being joy in this world.  This is what I am trying to do everyday.  I want to be an example to my daughter and my friends.  It needs to begin with me!!