Monday, May 16, 2011


John 15:11
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 In the fullness of my joy I still find myself presented with a million choices.
They are often subtle, sometimes glaring but always constant.
I am free to choose.
I can choose the cross or I can set up camp in the bitter land of the enemy that thrives on competitiveness, anger, frustration, sadness, disappointment and comparison.
The enemy lures me with images, fears and conversations specifically designed to distract me.
He knows my weaknesses so well and he fights for my focus.
But Christ shows me that joy lies in my choice to surrender and trust HIM.
To believe and make the choice to hold my tongue.
To give and receive forgiveness.
To extend LOVE no matter what.
To live thanks and be full in His provision. 
Focusing and relying on Him and continuing my far from perfect walk,

  • blue birds everywhere
  •  looking at the calendar and realizing that summer break is almost here
  • loaded baked potatoes
  • tears that cleanse, celebrate and are so welcome
  • long walks
  • encouraging words given and received
  • disappointment that reveals hard to look at truths
  • scripture memory with a six-year old who is just not real sure why his teacher won't overlook a couple of missed words??!!!!?!?!
  • holding hands with my beautiful one who is growing too fast
  • picking them up after school
  • friends
  • being outside all weekend at a very long baseball tournament
  • losing my ipod
  • gettng my ipod back after an honest teenager turned it in after it fell out of my bag in a parking lot
  • smiling, happy boys cheering each other on
  • long talks with LAB


  1. Beautiful blog! Stopping by from 1000 gifts, your list is wonderful! Love long walks, and losing something & getting it back! I'm a new follower! Have a great week!

  2. I love your list. It was a beautiful. I so understand the memory work thing. I had a student who didn't understand why I expected him to learn his during the last few days of school.
    Blessings on your day.


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