Our Joy May Be Complete

I read from God’s Word today in 1 John 1.  God’s Word often amazes me with its wonderful wisdom.  Here are the passages that stuck with me from the English Standard Version (ESV):

from 1 john 1:1-2….”we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—”

from 1 john 1:4 “ And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”  Many bloggers write about their faith journey, their life struggles, their victories, and their defeats.  It is a wonderful world that I have discovered on the internet.  Blogging can be beautiful and so unique.  Many people share their stories in these free and paid for spaces…so that their joy may be complete.

I write for joy.  I write for the journey.  I write because it has become a hobby that I enjoy.  It is a part of my morning routine to read, write, and capture my mindset for the day.  As a wife, mother, friend, daughter, and neighbor…the day always holds interesting events.  I do not know what they are…even the things marked on our family calendar change.  Impromptu play dates occur, needed naps slip in, and chores abound.  My joy is complete though in knowing that I can start my day right here in this space with you.  There is a pressing of words at WordPress.  So many writers big and small find the joy in the journey to share, encourage, write, and read to change our hearts and minds.  What completes your joy?

Dear God,

You are Joy giver.

Forgive me when I forget that I cannot create my own joy. 

It is something that must be sought after with open ears, hands that hold other hands, hug, and serve.

Your joy is tough sometimes…it requires sacrifice, choices for balance, and choices for good.

We ask you to be with the people of our world.  We make tough choices daily.  There is war, there is famine; there is also peace and plenty.  Help us all to see the joy that is in Your Word, in worship, and in knowing that forgiveness rights our hearts.  We will fail, but you never will.

Amen.

Joy print 8x10

This print is available for purchase from Etsy by artist arian of the United States.

 

 

 

Blooming Boys

Yesterday I pulled out my camera to snap some photos with the good camera.  I often use my camera phone, but truly the better photos come when you pull out “the big lens!”  I shot a few of our boys and our blooming back yard yesterday.

Today’s Five Minute Friday post prompt is BLOOM.  Perfect timing.  God is far bigger than I realize.  He syncs our lives more than we can imagine. 

The story to accompany this post comes from L.J. Sattgast’s “The Rhyme Bible Storybook”:

Children Come to Jesus…Mark 10

Some boys and girls went out to play,

But then they saw Jesus coming their way.

“Let’s go see him!” The children said.

And all their mothers nodded their heads.

But Jesus’ disciples said with a frown,

“Just look at the children in this town!

We can’t allow those girls and boys—

they’ll make entirely too much noise!”

So when the children came and said,

“We’d like to see Jesus!” They shook their heads.

“Can’t you see He’s busy teaching?

Don’t interrupt while Jesus is preaching!”

The children sadly turned away,

But Jesus called for them to stay.

He scold the men, “Now let me be!”

I want the children to come to me!”

The children crowded all around

And sat beside him on the ground.

They laughed and had a lot of fun

As Jesus blessed them one by one.

Dear God,

You are the Blessing Maker.

Forgive us when we forget to sit at your feet.

We ask you to help us see our children blooming in their faith and happiness.

Give us to open our own child like hearts to bloom in Your Spirit.

Amen.

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Linking with Lisa Jo Baker’s fellow blogging friends at Five Minute Fridays here: Bloom