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?

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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.”

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Depth of Joy

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

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Watering our spring garden

One has to dig deep in the earth to harvest a good garden. Florida has two growing seasons. We are starting ours in the spring. May we have a good bounty. 

So it is with joy. It must be cultivated, brought up from deep within the soul to be there regardless of the external circumstances. It will be your guiding star, your compass, but only through the light of Christ. He is the way. I have survived the deaths of both my boys, and I live in joy, but only through the mercy of Jesus Christ. Take a chance on Him. He can heal your heart.

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Enough of Joy

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

Have you had enough of joy? 

I have a new phone, and by the grace of God, I have a source by which I can post this. I hope you have needed a source of joy in your life today and that you’re not ready to throw in the towel. Because there is an answer. There is an anchor.

And His name is Wonderful, Counselor, the ever living Father, the Prince of Peace. And, I might add, the living Christ. 

In Him is everything you need for comfort, guidance, and hope for a brighter present and future. It won’t be handed to you. You will have to seek Him out and then do what He says to do. It will take time and effort and patience and faith, but it will all be worth it. It will not be in vain.

My life is a testimony of the things I say. What can you share to help someone who is struggling with “throwing in the towel?”

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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?

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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