brandon is back to work today after 2 months off from surgery. the kids and i kinda just stared at each other for a few minutes this morning and then fell back into our routine with daddy at work and us at home. we do miss him. our bank account however will be glad to have regular paychecks again. ahem.
anyways - don't you love how God works on a certain area in your heart without you even know it needed work? i sure do. and apparently, i need work on having and living true joy. joy in every circumstance - good, bad, hard, or easy. in the past few weeks, lessons on joy were popping up everywhere i turned. church, devotionals, songs, conversations with friends, family situations, sweet blogger friends, everywhere. and it's almost embarrassing that at the age of 29, i think it finally clicked for me, true joy is the result of Jesus reigning in my heart. it has nothing to do with my outward circumstances. Jesus came to give me an abundant life - and from this truth, my joy abounds (john 10:10).
in my study of joy, i found this quote and made this for my home as a reminder to always remember why i have joy and in whom my true joy lies.
please feel to print one for yourself here.
and also, go sing "i've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart" to whoever will listen.