I write about it here all the time.
I even have a regular feature called, Joy Day!
So then, why did it take so many nudges for me to realize that it is my word for the year?
Last night I was working on the weekly Joy Day! post. It was 10:30 and I had been at writing and reading scriptures and sharing my heart for nearly 2 hours. The post had been completed except for photos and I wanted my husband to read it to see what he thought. So, I hit the preview button on my WordPress dashboard, and nothing happened. And again. And then Chrome couldn’t connect to the server. And I tried the same with other tabs open to my blogsite. Nothing.
At this point I could not re-open the page. The only thing that came up was a message from Chrome. So I did what we all do when there is an issue….reboot.
And then I got that feeling. I did not save as I went along. I confess I often forget to do that. And unless there is a little something reminding me…well…you know. Anyway…WordPress autosaves continuously. Actually every minute. So no worries. At least that’s what I said to myself as I prepared to go to bed after contacting BlueHost, my hosting/server.
First thing this morning I checked to see if I had a response from BlueHost. Yes…there was a message. They had an issue that affected some servers. Mine evidently. So I refreshed the tab. Hoping. Hoping.
My hopes were dashed. The server must have gone down very early in my writing. As the only words that were still on the page were the first 4 lines in this post. That’s it.
Here I am with a huge unwrapped gift before me.
What am I going to do?
Several options are before me:
- I can have a hissy fit.
- I can grumble and sit down and attempt to write something that lives up to my tagline…”A place of joy and inspiration.”
- I can thank God for it. Okay…I am just doing that now. Ahem.
- I can choose Joy. But I think I need to do number 3 before I can do that.
What would you do?
What is your ‘auto’ response?
What is it that you wish you would do?
How do you get to the point where your ‘auto’ response is what you wish you would do?
Here’s how my experience shakes down.
- Last night I was frustrated at first. Then I thought to pray about it. And then I contacted BlueHost.
- As I was brushing my teeth I realized that it could have been an attack…so I told “you know who” to get his stinking hands off.
- I prayed and asked God to restore and redeem what had been stolen….my writing time and readers being unable to access the blog. (Subscribers would have received yesterday’s post to their inboxes at 9 PM. Precisely when the blog was down.)
- And there was more prayer this morning….before picking up my laptop.
- All wrongs were righted. Yay! Well…not so fast. You already know the rest of the story and know that isn’t true.
Is the post a bust?
No. It would take time to recreate what I had written last night. But, in the end, I think what I wrote last night was for me alone. Isn’t that interesting? Relating my story to you this morning….this is for you. Did God shut down the server last night? I doubt it, though he could have. Instead he used this experience for me…and you…and somehow…though I don’t see it now…for his Glory.
One thing I know for sure.
In living our beautiful crazy lives we have the opportunity…continuously…to choose Joy. My journey into the new year immediately took an unexpected twist on January 2. A real kick in the teeth. But, as difficult as it is, I can still choose Joy. I can and will give thanks. Daily. Whether your ship is sailing on beautiful sparkling blue seas, or you are in the storm of your life…join me in giving thanks. When we do…we choose Joy.
Something to think about.
What’s interesting is that when we pass on intentionally giving thanks in the times of beauty and ease we can have sadness which in turn spills into others’ lives. Not exactly blessing those with whom we come in contact. (Just because the journey is trouble-free does not make it joyful.)
On the flip side. We may be living in a massive debris field, choosing to give thanks, and spreading joy to all around us.
What will it be for you?
Will you join me in making JOY your word for the year?
On Joy Day! we count just seven gifts from the past week.
We count the good things, and the not so good things, on our journey.
I’m giving thanks for…
- the server going down and losing my writing.
- God’s Word for me.
- two friends who phoned, just because they love and care.
- the wait of an unanswered, yet important, e-mail.
- the yummiest chocolatey chocolate chip cookies made by my love.
- heat during this bitter cold snap.
- Joy that only comes from the Lord.
Now…it your turn!!
Join me in counting just seven. Scroll down to “Share Your Thoughts” and list your seven. And though I’ve said it before, it’s true….your Joy Meter will rise. Watch and see.
Be sure to come back for more about the Basket of Joy you see in the first photo. Although the blog was silent, I had a few creative moments this past week. You won’t want to miss them. If you missed our little community…you could have found bits of the extraordinary on Facebook at An Extraordinary Day : A Place of Joy & Inspiration. And some very ordinary things too. (teehee) I hope you pop over and “like” our page. When you do….be sure to leave a greeting and share something about yourself so we can get to know each other. Sometimes, this feels a bit one-sided. I love hearing from you!
May your week be extraordinarily JOY filled!
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