Symmetrical Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symmetry.”

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I like the symmetrical lines of the Veterans Memorial Library. And just in time for Presidents Day Monday! Everyone remember to fly your American Flags!

How symmetrical is your life? How are you going to honor your country this Presidents Day?

Pleased @ The Pocketful of Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Proud.”

When WAS the last time someone told you they were proud of you?  I dislike the word proud. I would much rather use the word pleased. But I am going to turn this around and ask this question of you, my readers. 

Because I am always getting accolades of one sort or another. And as I appreciate everything everyone has said to me, or given me, or awarded me, I really enjoy sharing my good fortune. And even when I’m not so fortunate, I still like to let others know when they have done well.

So I am telling you now. Well done. Whatever you have done in the name of Heavenly Father, all goodness, well done. The only thing that would please me more would be for you to go out and share this with someone else. Let them hear, “Well done.”

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Music Brings Me Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Not Lemonade.”

When I was in high school, my music theory teacher made an assignment for us to write a composition for an inanimate object, but it could not be for the instrument we played.

Most of the students in my class didn’t even play an instrument. They took the class thinking it would be an easy “A” to keep up their gpas so they wouldn’t have to work so hard. How horribly wrong they were. Still others were vocal students who, I would later learn, had no clue as to how to read music. I saw them struggle with this, and many more assignments to follow.

Some began by striking a music stand with a pen. Others were stomping their feet against a chair. I don’t know what my teacher thought, but all I heard and saw was chaos. So I thought about it, and decided to write a 16 measure piece for my English horn reed.

My teacher was so impressed with it that he wanted to record it! And he did…eventually.

After he had to yell at me to get me to stop laughing. See, my sister and I used to play oboe reed duets at home just for fun, just fooling around. And I figured that the English horn reed is longer, which would give me more notes, so that would be a better choice for my composition. But when it came time to record, it was like I was back with my sister, just having fun, and I couldn’t stop laughing.

Then he played it!

We were in band practice. I don’t remember what brought it up, but my band director, who was also my music theory teacher, walked over to the recorder, flipped it on, and there I was. I’m not sure if he was pleased with me or mad at me!  I do know that he kicked me out of class the final term because I was ruining the grading curve. I was already a 4.0 student and if I continued, he would have to fail everyone else. But that’s because I love music. It has gotten me out or kept me out of trouble on many occasions.

How can your love of music bring you joy? How can you share that joy with others?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Skills Equals Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I Got Skills.”

If I could wake up and suddenly have a special skill that I didn’t have before, I think I would have the ability to 

play the piano. I’ve thought long and hard about this prompt all day, and there are a few answers I came up with. Like playing the oboe. Now I did play it in high school, and I was quite good. And I spent some time trying to convince myself how I could use it to the glory of God, but it would really be to assuage my ego. To maybe re-live some of my youthful glory days.

Then I thought that I might have the ability to write best-selling books, that I would be seen as an authority on scriptural matters.

Here again, my ego screams out. And aside from that, one really needs to immerse oneself in the scriptures, becoming a full-time student, in order to become a scriptural authority. Perhaps in the process of writing my books, I might become one, but this just didn’t feel right.

So, why the piano?

Well, I could ask to sing, but I’m already accomplished in that area. I mean, everyone can get better, myself included, but I know how to become a better singer. But I took two years of piano in college and still can’t play! I would like to be able to play, for myself, but even more to the glory of God. He could use me in so many more ways than how I am being used now. I could fill in whenever a pianist was needed, I could accompany singers or even the choir, I could even accompany myself!

I know this is just a prompt, but what do I take away from it?

Number one: I need to keep my ego in check and remember Whose work this really is.  And Number two: I need to develop my talents. There is no reason in the world why I can’t become a better writer, a better oboe player, a scriptural scholar, or even a pianist. After all, Christ taught that all things are possible with God.

What skill do you want to develop?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Where I Go to Find Peace – My Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Oasis.”

There’s really only one place that I go

When the world closes in on my sanity

And the only thing that keeps me from it

Is my own vanity.

I am grateful to have in my possession

The answer to all my anxiety

So why am I so easily swayed

By the whims of society?

When the troubles of the world

Intrude on my day-to-day,

When I can’t seem to make sense of

The obstacles in my way,

There is a wonderful place I go

The pages crisp, clear, easy to read

Yes, I turn to the Scriptures for help

When I’m finding myself in need.

Where do you go for peace?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

New Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “New.”

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Hubby driving the van

Yesterday was hubby’s birthday! New year, new start, new man!  Wishing him a whole lot more “new”s  and a whole lot more love! 

What do you wish for your loved ones on their special days? What about for the rest of the year? How can you help to make it happen?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day.

Be The Joy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Be the Change.”

If I could make a change in the world with my blog,

I wouldn’t care if it was large or small, as long as it fit with my Heavenly Father’s plan. Because one thing I learned this past year is that I make a big mess of things when I try to do them on my own, but when I take the Lord as my partner, and I do the work, we are successful in whatever way He wants.

and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. – Acts 19:17 KJV

So for me to be the change, I would hope to bring a little bit of faith to my reader, even if it was a faith in the innate goodness of humanity, or that the sun will rise again tomorrow. And then maybe a bit of hope that the next day will be better than the last. With that, my readers may begin to look at each other with a little love for one another. And then there is JOY!

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. – 1 Corinthians 13:13  KJV

We know that the charity spoken of in the above scripture is love, but did you know that it is the pure love of Christ? It gives it a deeper meaning. Just like I hope my little pocketful of faith, hope, love, and joy will give your life a little bit of a deeper meaning as you go about your day.

What are you doing to be the change in your world?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Joy In Myself

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “New Skin.”

Would I spend the next year as someone radically different than who I am, if given the chance?

I don’t think so. I have made many mistakes in my past. There are a multitude of things I regret having done. But would I change them? I don’t think so. For they are the very things that molded me into.who I am today. So why would I tempt to change my future? Especially.when I am at such a good place in my life.

What about your pain and trials? Would you change them?

As hard as it is for me to say, no I would not. For they, too, were necessary for my refinement, to make me a more compassionate, and even a little more wise person, that by being so, I might be able to help others who have suffered as I have. And I have come out on top! It’s not to say that I am at the end of my suffering, for that is lifelong, in and out. But we can come out as conquerers, as it says in the scriptures. We can come out with joy!

There is Peace; There is Joy

So, I would not change a thing in my life. Not my mistakes, because it might have changed my joys. If I hadn’t married my.first husband, I wouldn’t have had my boys. Not my marriages, because if they hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be married to the love of my life (for over 20 years now)! Not how hard I worked, leaving me disabled, because I have someone who lovingly and cheerfully takes.care.of me, my husband, who the Lord put in my life. Why would I change His plan, when He does it so.much better than I? No, this way, there is Peace, there is joy!

What can you do to find joy in your life?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day