One of the first days in Colorado we had to write down our joys from the day. To be honest, that was pretty hard for me. I came into training weary, but I was surprised at how many things I was able to list even so. They included: “The blue sky today.” and “That we have two rooms.” and “Cookies.” The listing became easier as the weeks of training continued.
On the last class day, we had to choose a stone and write on it a few things that we had learned that had been important for our family. (Anyone reading this who went to training with us knows that we stole our stone…) We chose a big stone, and we filled it up.
When we got home it was much harder for me to remember my joys. I stopped making a list, and even stopped thinking about it after a while. I know that is dangerous, but I let the busyness of life and the overwhelming craziness of getting ready for an overseas move, plus the passing of my great-grandmother cloud out all the little blessings along the way.
So I re-started my list. I just wrote something that had given me joy in my planner and circled it. Nothing fancy. Not even too deeply “spiritual.”
Here are some of my joys from the past 2 weeks:
- That Mimi is whole again.
- Family that we actually like.
- Good friends and home base.
- Safe trip home.
- Kids – who make sadness more real and more comforting. (On the day of Mimi’s funeral)
- Spring sunshine on the back of our necks.
- A husband who really loves me.
- Seeing a bright red cardinal.
- All three kids laughing together.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible curriculum and audio. (Thank you Emily!)
- Time with the Lord.
- Time to Read.
- Quiet naptimes.
- Partially frozen Coke.
- Good music.
- Pizza instead of cooking.
- A nice dentist office.
- That we need to prepare to go – ASAP!
- Trip to Chicago & that our visas are ready!
One of the reasons I want to be mindful of my joys is that remembering my joys can ward off discouragement. These are the little things that God has sent into my life that make me smile on a daily basis, and I don’t want to forget them.
What would your joys for today be?