Hello ya’ll! I hope this post finds you wallowing in joy and blessings. I am wallowing, so I want us all to wallow together. If not maybe I can help you out a bit. I wanted to share with you some of the things I have been up to that have been helpful to me in engaging my own Joy.
Now my take on Joy is that it is not at all the same as happiness. Happiness or the lack there of is a product of our environment, people, circumstances. For example, if you bring me cake, white cake with butter cream icing piled high, I am happy. Really euphorically happy… Until I get on the scale and realize that I will have to walk the tredmill at 3.5 miles an hour for 6 episodes of forensic files to work that off. Then I am not happy anymore. Joy on the other hand is not about things or circumstances, but rather a reflection of our relationship with Christ. Joy goes on, no matter what our situation, because we have the assurance of knowing that no matter what happens, it’s going to be alright because where ever we are going, He is already there.
Growing my relationship with Christ is essential to my Joy. Prayer, study and fellowship and worship are some ways that I have seen my faith grow. I am working on memorizing Scripture which is very hard for me to do these days ( GEE thanks Menopause). I mean I can remember what it says, but I can’t always remember the address. So I have been working on engaging it in a way that is meaningful to me. Art Journaling. Because for me, art is worship.
This is a book I picked up called Matters of the Heart by Carlie Kercheval. It is light and a quick read for us on the goers. I”m recommending it. I got mine at amazon.com. After buzzing through it I decided to take the weekly verse and use it to create a layout in my art journal. OK… the truth is I have about 12 unfinished art journals and I have piles of work waiting to adorn those blank pages. Maybe this will motivate me to get my mountains of doodles and watercolor diddles organized…. and to work in my journals instead of the back of a used car mailer.
Then I thought… Why not just share it with everyone. I mean I hear people say all the time,” show me how to do that”, So I decided I would. Maybe you might want to diddle and create Artistic Moonshines with me… Lets do this!
XOXOXOXO until next time… here is the video journal for Proverbs 21:2