Just when I pick "joy" as my word for two-oh-one-one...the joy gets sucked right out of me like a vacuum cleaner cleaning up the flour I spilled while making cinnamon rolls on NYE (which sound very good good about now on this 11th day of the new year).
Just when you set your mind to do something, the challenges, the testing and the trials come whirling at ya making me realize how out of shape I am at ducking from unwanted emotional arrows.
But challenges bring growth right? Booo is what I want to say to that even though deep in my heart I know how very true it is. Can't we grow without the pain and the struggles?....oh how this girl wishes!
The other day was like that for me - the joy was just sucked right out of me and what really urked me was I let it be sucked out. I was fighting to stay in that place because it felt so much harder to snap out of it, cling to the word I know I need so badly and CHOOSE to have joy not wait for it to just show up in my morning coffee. Although a sugar free joy-filled coffee creamer ain't such a bad idea....hmmmmm!
My BFF got to witness some of my gloriously beautiful behavior as I was walking this very road the other day. She sent me a much needed text that morning. I'll admit I'm a stinker cuz when I first got it my heart didn't want to hear what it said it but I paused and pushed that feeling aside immediately and let my mind be fixed on His word. I knew it was what I needed most. Not my pity party or a scoop of ice cream. I needed HIM.
I'm so very thankful for friends who always point me back to the cross when I need it most.
P.S. it's always good to include your BFF's last name in your phone - you never know when you might forget it! ha!
When first thing in the morning you get a text with a picture that says:
"Our new wall art :) I love it! I love it sooooooooo much! Thanks for your great photography"
I smile that I'm seeing the process go full circle. From a request via text "do you have some time to take some photos and help out with a Christmas card?" to a beautiful family hanging on a wall in someone's home.
I have some crazy friends out there who actually ask me and trust me to take their photos for their Christmas card. I am not a photographer by any means, I like to tinker with it though, but for some friends who are like family and dare to ask I .....well....I oblige. It's the nice thing to do.
And they're sure a cute family with one of the cutest kids evvv-uhhh!
They even let me design their Christmas card too :)
I like them alot! Especially after the sushi gift certificate they gave me as a thank you....now I really like them a whole whole lot!