Love. I want it.  You want it. More than anything in this world... We. Want. To. Be. Loved. Joy!   We are loved. You are loved.  I am loved. We are loved by the God of the universe. Each of us individually. We are his creation. We are his treasure. Oh... How He Loves Us. Art.  Beautifully created by Chrissie Grace. It's my prayer today. {Chrissie Grace}   Will you make it yours?     Want to feel and know love? My heart was moved by this. Please listen..... Kim Walker - How He loves us - YouTube. What does it look like to be flooded with HIS … [Read more...]

  Who knew a visit to a Country Market would be so much fun?     Locals have been telling us all about their "wonderful" version of a farmers'/crafters' market.  Shhhh... Don't tell anyone, but I was a bit skeptical.  After all, I grew up in a town where we had one of the biggest farmers' markets in the country.  I was spoiled.  Every kind of fresh produce and plant was available every Wednesday and Saturday. This morning the Country Market opened at 8 AM.  We arrived at 7:58.  Lines of cars were turning in to the parking area.  The crowd had already begun to assemble.  Anticipation filled the … [Read more...]

It's Joy Day!   Time to hit the 'reset' button for our week.   Time for refreshment.     Today, I was reminded that God does make everything beautiful in its time. I filled my window box today with little Impatiens from a flat of four packs from the garden center.   They look small and overwhelmed by their large container.  Yet...soon they will grow and they will overwhelm their container. A phone call reminded me of a friend who has been struggling to find purpose.  Today she is beginning the first steps in a dance with her calling and passion.  Soon, God will do a good … [Read more...]

  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  James 1:2-4,  from the  NIV Bible   Have you ever thought that your response to an unpleasant circumstance should be one of joy?   This past week a "digging machine" along with a crew of men from a plumbing contracting firm in my little town arrived at our house.  An extension was made recently to the town sewer line and we are now … [Read more...]

This morning the sun was shining,         the birds were singing,                  and my heart was filled with joy.   What a great start to the day!     Maybe your day didn't begin like that.  Actually mine didn't either.  I woke up to grayness and fog.  But soon the sun broke through and now, I'm reveling in the beauty of the day.  I've forgotten about the gray.  I'm living in the sun (Son).  That is how I can say, "What a great start to the day!" My friend, that's what happens when we count our blessings. If you're new here, last week I put out this challenge: Take the Joy … [Read more...]