Sunday, May 30, 2010

Adventure Chronicles: Joy Edition and Weekend Photos

 Joy is a choice.  I didn't always know that, but recently, I've realized that joy has nothing to do with your circumstances.  If you think it does, you're mistaking joy for temporary happiness.

I realized this the other day, when I had a surge of "joy" at hearing we had the potential of an offer on our house.  I felt like I could do anything, and conquer the world, (well, kind of) only to have it dashed to bits three days later, when we still had received no offer.

That's when it hit me.  The surge I felt, based on my circumstance, was the surge I should be feeling at simply waking up with breath in my lungs each day.  The same surge of pure joy at the thought that "His eye is on the Sparrow, and He most certainly watches over me."
(And yes, I am doing a dance with toy guns, while laughing hysterically.  You had to be there.  My son had the camera.... Life is short. Play like you mean it.)

My goal, has been to choose that same surge of joy at simply getting the chance to experience the ups and downs of this adventurous journey.  On the days every single day that I've cried buckets of tears because it isn't going according to my plan yet? Joy.  Still no idea how our story ends.  Joy.  Still no buyer for our home.  Joy. Because we're here.  We're doing this thing we call life.  Joy.  Choose it.  It might just rock your world. I found the following, and it certainly rocked my world...

Psalm 84:3-4 "Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young- a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.  Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage, as they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs..." 

 I thought, what is "Valley of Baca?"  Apparently, it means "weeping."  My commentary notes said something about the place of springs, "The joyful expectations of the pilgrims transform the difficult ways into places of refreshment." 
Shall we choose joy today, and be a place of refreshment for others? 

Who loves ya?



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30 comments:

gigi said...

I choose joy too!
Great post!

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Heather at All A Flutter said...

i couldn't agree with you more! joy is a choice and we must actively choose to live with it each and everyday. it's so worth the work!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

I agree completely! Love your thoughts on this Sasha.

You are kinda sexy with your cowboy get up. Was Adrain around??

Angie said...

Oh I needed to see this today. Thank you! You look GORGEOUS in the new photo!! ;)

Julianne Hendrickson said...

I love that! So sweet--I choose joy! You WILL sell that house...can't wait to hear all about it! The puppy is way more work that I would have ever dreamed of...secretly, I want my life back!!!!

Jill said...

Great post LMM! I choose joy too!

LeAnna said...

Good Word, LMM. I wrote about the valley of Bacca here: (http://thoughtsnwhatnots.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-cant-do-anything-wordless.html)
Have to say after reading your post, and re-reading my own, I think the Lord was trying to tell me something. :)

beka said...

Alrighty.
Very cute pictures of you.
Great post--wonderful reminder.
And I LOVE that chalkboard on the wall:)

Nicole Egerer said...

I can TOTALLY relate to this post in my phase of life right now. God has been so good to my husband and me but sometimes I get caught up in the day to day happenings and forget His rich blessings. It's at those time I start to slip into feeling bad for myself or complaining but then I remember that we DO have so much to be joyful for.

God is good all the time, all the time God is good.

Thank you for sharing and God bless!

Warm Regards,
Nicole

Ann-Marie Boyles said...

Sasha,
This is a wonderful post! My fourteen-year-old son and I just had this conversation yesterday. I, too, took many years to finally understand the difference between joy and temporary happiness. The Holy Spirit still has to remind me of it often, but the peace it has brought to my life...I can't even begin to tell you!!
Blessings,
Ann-Marie

Christina said...

I love "to be continued"s! A good word, Lemonade Makin' Mama. Thank you!

golonghorns said...

Sasha, I loved reading this! Oh that we could all dwell in the fruit of the spirit and not let our human doings get in the way of our human beings! Love your darling pics. Speaking of joy, we have reason to celebrate in our household... our newest family member is here!

He & Me + 3 said...

I agree...Joy is a choice. My hubs is always telling me not to let people or circumstances steal my joy. I can let them or I can keep the joy. I choose to keep it!
yOu are adorable.


Have a beautiful Memorial Day!
Hugs,
Mimi

Ginger said...

Love this post.

Jewel said...

Wow, I love that last quote from the bible commentary. That's a wild thought!

At my bible study they've been talking about the fruit of the spirit and when they talked about joy she said exactly what you're saying here about it being a choice. I thought of that verse that says "I am confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Psalm 27:13. I've always mistaken that verse as a future tense promise for instance when we're out of debt we'll see the goodness but it hit me that that is for now. We can choose to see goodness and have joy in our lives today.

Good post:)

Jewel said...

And yes, I'm loving the cowgirl hat and the guns! Too cute;)

paige said...

amen cowgirl!
xo

Lissa said...

i need to spend more time with you!

Jenny said...

We wake up.

We see the sun shining or the rain falling or the wind blowing.

And we choose.

Every single day.

Joy or sorrow.

Hope or regret.

Future or past.

We choose.

And I choose joy.

Unless there is no coffee brewed.

And then I choose annoyance.

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Sasha, great post. So well written and love the passage from the Bible. I had to read the post twice just to absorb it all, thank you ,
Kristin

Trish said...

Sometimes the burdens get so great it is hard to have joy but what a difference it makes to walk in the spirit and to experience the fruit of the Spirit. I have to remember daily to be controlled by the Spirit so I can joy, peace, love etc. I've been forgetting that lately. Thanks for the reminder. Praying for your house to sell quickly, and looking forward to your continued "story"

Seizing My Day said...

Amen girl!! I choose JOY even in the challenging circumstances... there is joy .. it is harder to choose during those times...but I am Always glad when I do!

love the cowgirl with guns photo shoot ;) we are more alike than you know!! ha ha! just sayin!

Lora said...

WOW. my post friday was about sparrows...wish i had known that verse then! how fitting :)

Purple Cow said...

Joy is realising when you are thirsty that at least you've got lemonade.

Take care. Keep making joy, lemonade.

The cowboy hat suits you.

The Flying Bee said...

Such a great post Sasha!

LOL! I just love that picture of you...you silly cowgirl!

LuLu said...

I'm choosing JOY too!!!
xo,
LuLu

Elle Bee said...

Wonderful! Good choice. :o)

Dandy said...

I'm a day late reading this but I think that's perfect. I woke up this morning with panic because I'd forgotten to do something important at work yesterday since I spent the day thinking it was Monday.

Cherry Tree Lane said...

You nailed it girlfriend.
JOY is a choice that we can make or ignore, daily.

Good on you!