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!
I thought about this last year and never did it....this year it happened.
It just happened naturally and started several weeks ago actually.
This year a word found me....a word that I want my year to live out and represent like never before so I had to do it. I had to commit to a word to live by in 2011. You should too! I dare ya ;) It wasn't my idea - it was hers and I like it!