How I Choose Joy

I attempted journaling for several years.  What actually occurred is that I journaled sporadically in my attempts to record five things I was grateful for each day.  I still journal.  Sometimes sporadically.  Often, in my head, rather than pen to paper.  A few years ago I made a decision, that in spite of the ups and downs of life’s circumstances, I was going to find at least one thing, just one simple thing, that gave me joy for that day.

Even if I could not focus on my usual five reasons for gratitude I could certainly find one simple thing that brought me joy!  It was a paradigm shift for me.  A focused effort to find a daily joy in life.

As I started focusing on joy, I began to look forward to what would bring me joy!   Things happen in life and some days it may be a real challenge to find your joy. But there is always something to be joyful about (e.g., breath in your body).  Life is all about change.  It’s how you deal with life challenges that matters.

I’m a smiler.  I love to smile and do it all the time.  I smile because I’m thankful.  Thankful for God’s faithfulness every single day, His compassion and new mercies every morning. Thankful for the trials, challenges and closed doors in life because they mean God has something else in store for me.  Something better as in Ephesians 3:20.   I smile because I know with God on my side everything will be alright and that is the source of my joy.

I believe as Sisters in Christ we need to encourage one another more than we do, in actions, not just words.  Our individual journeys must be walked alone but often having a hand to hold, or someone who understands, helps make the journey more bearable as we look for our joy.

My hope is that this blog will be a source of encouragement, healing, and hope.

Your life has shaped you and molded you into the woman you are today and the woman you are becoming.  Smile.  Be joyful.  Be grateful.  Wear it well my sister.  It becomes the story of you.  ♥

I hope you take time each day to experience a little joy!