a month since I posted in the Faith Barista Jamming Thursdays! I really do want to blog more often in this arena....it gets my brain working in a fairly dusty area, as she dishes out beautiful posts and gives up topics to weigh in on....this week's topic: JOY!
Whoa! I felt like I already wrote about it, but that was several weeks ago, and we are all different people now! I am mulling over the word joy and immediately what comes to mind is my quiet time yesterday morning. I tried a new technique I learned about in this book which many of you may already be familiar with: Lectio Divina. I did my own version and had a moving experience, a personal moment where God really talked with me. Now, God has talked with me before and used to often. Then he seemed to get quiet. I don't know for sure if he got quiet or I just got so loud I couldn't hear him. But....hearing from God brings so much joy! And the paradox is that he shared some hard stuff to hear. He didn't scold me (not this time), but he let me know I needed to stand up and the sand below me was not sinking, like I thought....the ground below me was not about to swallow me up. I was seeing an illusion, a lie, and I needed to TRUST HIM and STAND UP and STAND FIRM! It was beautiful, enlightening, powerful, and true! And it was just for me!
I am not seeing much joy in life these days. It is there....all around me....but I have been so hurt and scared that I would dismiss the joyous moments and focus on the fear, worry, anxiety! But yesterday morning, I felt like I held a secret that not everyone knows! Come close to God and he can whisper secrets to you to!
The morning was so nice and a song came to mind. Martina McBride signs a great song that has this line: "This world's gone crazy and it's hard to believe that tomorrow will be better than today.....believe it anyway." So, I will continue to huddle close to my father and let him whisper secrets in my ear....this will give me pockets of joy. And tomorrow will be better than today....joy will come easier!