Monday, October 10, 2011

when joy blooms


i am.

discontent. angry. unhappy. jealous.

i sit there and frown at myself (if that's possible), thinking of all the things i wish were different.

and then...

wake up call. suddenly! as i write my blessings, "gifts," like bright packages with big bows, the light switch is flipped...

look at you. you have gifts literally surrounding you and you sit there, thinking of everything wrong.

but in reality, the good outweighs the bad.

will you just wake up and see for one minute all the good around you?

so i count. not what i want. what i have. and it suceeds what i want. it outweighs the ungratefulness, the covetousness, the jealousies, the unhappiness. (who wants to look at that anyway?)

joy blooms. contentment blossoms.

because of a list.

it starts with one and then grows. yes, grows into something much larger. one "gift" just doesn't seem to satisfy the pen. or the soul for that matter. it has to keep on writing, keep on expressing. because when you count one gift, you must count them all.

1. fireflies

2. pillow fights

3. my church family

4. card games

5. scent of muscadines

6. crickets sounding their music

7. waves lapping against the shore

8. unexpected kindness

does it ever end? will this present happiness ever cease?


because as long as there are stars in the sky, there will be happiness. as long as there arelittle children singing, there will be happiness. as long as God gives grace. as long as there is a searching... studying, for the next gift, it will be there.

the list continues...

what's on your list?


{note: this article is currently published here}


JRuud said...

I have so many lists I don't know where to start. PS: That picture is awesome with the jars!

Purposely at Home said...

yeah for blessing lists! love the pics you chose. :)

Yippee for 50!!! ;D

Melissa MySoul said...

this is so great. i love that you did this. life is always so much better when you look at what you already have.

Luke said...

Good Post! Certainly something to remember.

sarah {on the brightside...} said...

life is full of joy when we count our blessings! a wonderful post! & i love the scrabble quote, so cute! :)

Laura Elizabeth said...

Eek! I love reading your posts so much, they always make me happy :) I don't really have a list but I think I should definitely make one.

I love that last picture. It's such a great quote.

Emma Frances said...

I love this and I really should write down more of these lists! :] Right now on my list is getting done with midterms, cuddling with my husband, taking naps, and having a wonderful family with lots of adorable nephews! And so much more! Thanks for sharing and helping me remember how awesome life is!!

AaReAn said...

what a great idea! This makes me think of so many things I should be grateful for! Glad I read this post this morning!

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Bri said...

love the happy list! so many things to be thankful for in life :)

Lindsey said...

So true! LOVED this post!! :)

Leontien said...

Oh girl! i loved your post.

I just have one thing

get old...

Big hugs from Indiana

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

A perfect outlook....inevitably somedays the bad seems to outweigh the good, but what a wonderful way to remember that the GOOD always overpowers the bad! (did that make sense?) HA. :)

Love your list.

Laura Darling said...

I love this. Making a list always reminds me that the good really does outweigh the bad!