(you can tell she’s like “are you serious right now?”)
It’s crazy how much love a person can have for their dog. I remember when we got Daisy. It was before our one year anniversary. I was really struggling with homesickness and slight depression but as soon as I hugged that tiny ball of fluff joy swept over. I find it funny how a tiny changes in our lives can alter the way we experience our joy?
Ultimately God is our true source of joy. I love stepping back from life and seeing how He sprinkles joy all over. Sometimes the happiness we are searching for comes in the form of a fluffy puppy to take care of, a good doctor report, and sometimes God provides joy through bonding with friends. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. I often have to remind myself to take that step back from life and breath. We overcomplicate so many things: love, confidence, salvation. In the end all of these things are gifts from God we just simply need to unwrap and accept.
Think about it like opening a gift. We can leave an unopened gift in the closet and never know or experience the happiness the gift might bring. We might even forget it was ever given to us. But if we tear the wrapping paper off the right away we can experience the joy that gift brings. If you knew something amazing waited inside a gift your friend gave you wouldn’t you want to open?
Today my prayer for you is to choose joy. While your whole world may be in the mists of craziness (which seems to be my current norm) take a step back, breath, and focus on the gifts God has given you.
The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with JOY
Psalm 126:3 (NIV)