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Finding Joy in Daily Life

The snow outside is bright white and glistening. The thermometer reads 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and yet I am able to take a hot shower in a warm house. It is a blessing!

Everyday there are little and significant blessings in our lives when we pause to take notice. I am thankful that I have a Bible, a resource for faith, joy and hope. I begin my day with a morning reading.

Flowers provide pleasure in the summer—and in the winter. Last summer the Empress of India nasturtium seeds produced plants but no seeds. In the fall I brought a plant inside and placed it in a south facing bay window and it has flowered!

Last Sunday we attended our granddaughter’s flute recital. The recital, composed of students at different stages of learning, was beautiful. 

It was held in an assisted living facility and residents were invited to attend. Music is a gift to our senses and brings people together.

Yesterday I had an upbeat phone call with a daughter who has struggled with health issues. God hears our prayers.

When we notice the little blessings, we have a thankful heart. Don’t ignore the opportunity for joy!  

One more blessing this week that I must mention. On Wednesday there was a National Gathering for Prayer and Repentance, held at the Museum of the Bible. Faith leaders and members of congress met to raise prayers of repentance, recognizing the need for God’s mercy and help. It encouraged my heart to watch and join my prayers to theirs. You can still watch a recording of this event here.

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

9 Comments on “Finding Joy in Daily Life

  1. Little things, they mean a lot,
    and I have long confessed
    that all the small stuff I have got
    makes me feel so truly blessed.
    The water here is safe to drink,
    and there’s an indoor dunny,
    a pretty robust telephone link,
    and a bit of spending money.
    The dogs here live to be my friends,
    and are not looked to as food;
    with these as means to grateful ends,
    I’ve really got it pretty good,
    and therefore do not mind a bit
    that I don’t look quite like Brad Pitt.

    Actually, I DO look rather like an Asian version of Brad Pitt.

  2. Hi Carol, wow what a beautiful week you had. I live in South Africa and when we visited DC we never got to visit the museum of the Bible, I’m still hoping to someday, it was nice to read your post, I’m visiting today from FMF, I’m at number 14. Be blessed, Lauren

    1. Lauren, thank-you for the comment. I enjoyed visiting your blog and your message of our worth in God’s eyes. Blessings!

  3. Lovely! The snowdrops pushing through the hard ground outside my back door are one of the little things that have given me great pleasure this week. I am your neighbour on FMF.

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