My heart and my spirit sing songs of joy…
Each day I take my camera in hand and make an attempt at capturing the glorious beauty unfolding around me. This spring. This world re-awakening. This bursting forth of bud and blossom and new life emerging from the depths. This hope renewed.
My spirit sings JOY!
I mediate on Your wonders, sing songs of Your worth, O God.
Your majesty and glorious splendor have captivated me;
I will meditate on Your wonders, sing songs of Your worth.
We confess—there is nothing greater than You, God,
nothing mightier than Your awesome works.
I will tell of Your greatness as long as I have breath.
The news of Your rich goodness is no secret—
Your people love to recall it
and sing songs of joy to celebrate Your righteousness.
Psalm 145:5-7 The Voice
I imagine that this path of life you walk is a lot like my daily walks.
My husband and I start our walk and turn down the street where there is a minimal rise in the road and a slight increase in the effort required in each step. For a brief time there is a leveling off and the walk seems effortless. But then we round the corner, and the road steeply rises before me, and I must lean in, breath more deeply, and walk with more intensity.
We continue upward and as we come to the top of the rise we see a lovely garden. Not much is blooming right now, but there is new growth, and dusky rose-colored Hellebores among the leaves from last fall. We are refreshed as we walk past, noticing the bursts of green and promise of flowers to come. And then the road drops before us sharply. Our foot falls become more rapid, and yet, we are cautious to not step too quickly as fine gravel from winter covers the road, which can cause one’s foot to slip in an instant. And so the walk continues up and down to varying degrees and often with pleasant surprises to discover along the way.
These Anemones or Windflowers were blooming alongside the road. A lovely lonely celebration of color and glory. Purple and white. They sang of HIS glory. And my heart lept for joy. They delighted me. I wonder if God took delight in my delight. I really think He did and does.
If your journey is like mine you may feel like every step is an effort. When I take my eyes off the difficulty of the journey and look around I see glories. Like the purple Anemones. God blesses me with a phone call from a friend, or a cat who sits next to me on the couch and reaches out and touches me and keeps his fluffy paw on my leg as if to say, “I’m here. Everything is okay.” or a fellow writer who invites me to join a Facebook group, or the flurry of birds near my window, or…..
My heart sings songs of joy.
What is it that causes your heart to sing sings of joy?
What helps you to take off the mirror glasses and see the world with His eyes?
It’s Joy Day!
The day when you and I take a few moments
to reflect on the past week and count just seven things of gratitude.
We count the obvious blessings. But, we also count things that might have hurt or brought disappointment because God has directed us to give thanks in all things.
Please join me in counting ‘seven.’
I’m grateful for…
- knowing there is nothing greater than YOU, God
- a dear friend giving me her ‘big girl’ camera
- a new, poorly paying part-time job
- knowing that God is my provider…not me
- buds and blossoms emerging everywhere
- the penetrating heat of sunshine on a cold walk
- still warm-out-of-the-oven banana bread
Now…it’s your turn! Join me to “sing songs of joy to celebrate God’s righteousness.”
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After writing this I attended church. The service concluded with singing a rocking rendition of “This Is My Father’s World.” When I was a little girl, that song was sung with the pipe organ. It was my favorite. As we sang it today I knew why these walks I take are so important to me. They help me to get perspective. They help me worship my Creator God through discovery and delight in this amazing world He created. I get to see and experience God as I walk. My spirit is always renewed. And all that troubles me seems smaller. I seem smaller. And God seems much much greater. And that, my friend is a very good thing.
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