It begins with a smile on my computer keyboard and it ends with arms raised high in praise.
It’s a habit, perhaps not one of which my favorite English teachers, my mother and mother-in-law would approve, but I know they’d be happy at the fact that I have this three-letter word in my vocabulary. (Hey Mother and Mom, I did that “of which” to prevent my participle from dangling, and to make up for the improper writing of this word.)
J – o – Y!.
Even when I journal or write out Scripture, there it is. There I am. Here I am, now. Me in the midst of smiling praise.
J – o – Y.
I’ve got JoY for so many reasons:
- first grand baby, a boy, who smiles when I gaze upon him
- hearing our oldest son’s latest sermon
- a bobble blanket I’m crocheting…the cotton feel goods in my hands
- life on the hill with my husband
- second son about to graduate from Auburn (War Eagle!) then marry in October
- more time to spend with my daughter-in-love as she has begun her calling as stay-at-home wife/mom
- another almost daughter-in-love who asks for my help in wedding planning
- Sunday dinners after church with family here
- engaging with other women in our church family
- resting from teaching Bible study
- texts from my older sister who married last fall
- confidence that I belong to the three-part God
- writing this post today and sharing with you
- my purple-pink orchid I named “Tehillah” (Hebrew for “praise”) in bloom
- my other white orchid named “Selah” (Hebrew for “pause” or “think on this”) doing just that as she has no bloom
- recently planted herbs in the window box outside the kitchen
- trying to to do a familiar same old thing I’m not very good at, (I dangled there, forgive) but trying nonetheless…
That’s my J – o – Y.
J – o – Y!
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