On the Porch
Because my brain begins racing as soon as I wake up, I have asked God to give me a scripture or song to start my day in a grateful mindset. Last Thursday morning I was given the word joy. My first thought was oh boy, what will I face today that I need to count it as joy.
We had planned to try out the fishing at Port Canaveral but I wasnt feeling energetic so we changed our fishing plans and went back to the park close to home.
A beautiful family from Ecuador stopped by to talk and we enjoyed communicating with my high school Spanish and his pretty good English. Then they went to have lunch under the pavilion.
A few minutes later, the little boy around 4 yrs old and his sister around 8 came running up to me with big smiles. The little guy had a fresh chocolate covered glazed donut in his hand for me. God’s joy gift can come in many forms, today it was in smiles and my favorite donut!
This fishing trip resulted in actually catching some fish. I caught a whiting, which is my favorite for eating, a silver trout and my husband caught a speckled trout. We didn’t keep them as they were too small, but it was fun catching them. Even though we tried to be gentle, the trout after swimming away, showed up floating on the water, I wanted to believe it was resting and I was upset when the gulls tried to make it their lunch.
The fishing reel I use is a bait caster and over twenty years old. It is having some problems. I think I am going to go back to my favorite reel for fishing in the river, a Zebco 33. It’s kind of like having a reunion with one’s first love.
Something scary did happen during our outing. I had placed my phone in the drink holder of my bag chair so I could listen to the radio. It was very windy and when I stood to reel in my line, a gust blew my chair over and my phone went flying towards the water. My heart sank. Then I realized I could faintly hear my phone and when I looked over the side, I saw my phone lying on a boulder. My husband went down on the rocks and retrieved it. I feared the screen would be broken but it was fine. I thanked God for this and added another item to my lessons learned list.
This week we won’t have a chance to fish. I will miss it.
WordPress is being ornery.
It’s stressing me out.
I have a nasty cold
My nose has become a spout.
I refuse to give in
To woe is me.
I choose to allow
Laughter and love
To reign supreme!
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!
Painting and Paraphrase by DiVoran Lites
Trees of the Hills
My thoughts are not your thoughts,
You receive my thoughts to replace your thoughts,
You follow My ways which are not your ways.
Now the mountains and the hills sing.
The trees of the fields clap their hands.
You are led forth in light and joy.
You are filled with truth, grace, and peace.
Walking by Faith, Not by Sight
Janet Perez Eckles
“I know the guy is not the right one for her,” my friend said some years back. “But as long as she’s happy.”
Her daughter married him and shortly after, it ended in a painful and bitter divorce.
Is wishing happiness what we want for our kids? Happiness is often confused with joy. Happiness can turn to sadness. And looking for it leaves us disappointed.
Here are five pitfalls to avoid when looking for happiness:
- Looking for it in relationships. Happiness cannot be found in another person, for they’re looking for their own path to happiness.
- Longing to be happy by pleasing others rather than pleasing God first
- .Expecting circumstances to make us happy, for they change as quickly as the weather.
- Waiting for someone to change before we feel happy.
- Expecting that happiness will last and bring fulfillment
.Happiness is fleeting, often elusive and deceptive. Joy is what the soul longs for. Peace is what our heart needs. Wisdom is what brings the greatest rewards. And contentment is what ushers the richness of life.
That richness is found in complete joy, the kind that’s already in us when we believe: “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:9-11)
His joy can’t be taken away by circumstances, stages of life, unexpected turns or even tragic events. When happiness wanes, His joy in us remains vibrant. What will you do with your new-found joy?
Source: Five pitfalls to avoid when looking for happiness. | Janet Perez Eckles
From the Heart
When we wake up in the morning
there is promise in the air.
We don’t know what the day will bring,
but the expectancy is there.
The time to be happy is now.
We have this day to explore.
Every day is a special occasion-
What are you waiting for?
“This is the day that the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”