Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The fruit of the Spirit is... joy
Galatians 5:22

It's been on my mind continually.

I want to be full of joy. Joy that bubbles up from the depth of my being.

When I look for joy, I find it everywhere and see God's hand in my life in very intimate ways.

When I look for joy.

Stopping to look changes everything.

No longer do I see things just as they are.

a mess that needs to be cleaned up or stopping to see...

the joy of sisters playing together quietly during school.

I choose the latter. I smile, they play and when school is over we work on cleaning it up together.

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
There is no reason to get irritated instead I seek to find joy. Joy even in the little things.

John 15:9-13

Continue in His love... that joy might remain in me...

And yet another mess. Did you notice that this girl knows how to make a mess?

I want to choose joy... to let love fall down.

A sweet little girl playing... finding joy in being a mommy.

I sit down and we play together. She tells me her babies name and where they are going.

A smile crosses my lips. Joy flows and my heart whispers praises to God. We have to much to be thankful for.... so much to be joyful over.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Mother Teresa

It happens in a million different ways each and every day. A choice. Irritation, frustration, even anger... or choosing to find joy... choosing to let a smile cross our lips.

Lord, help me to always see with your eyes. To let love fall down. To choose joy.


  1. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~Mother Teresa

    WOW! I have never read that quote... and I ditto all you said my dear sister in the Lord. My heart's prayer too. Oh that I would choose joy!!! Life is so much better when I do! *Hugs*

  2. To find joy in the mess, such a blessing! All us mothers can relate. Thanks Carrie!

  3. Once again this is so simple, and so good. It is the heartbeat of God for us to find joy in each moment. lol, my kids are really good at making messes too, I am learning to find joy in that every day...several times a day. =0)