The JOY Challenge: Day 34 – The Rest of the Story

I’m deliberately finding joy for forty days. To start from day one click here. 

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It’s late. The sun has long since slipped behind the autumn trees. Husband is curled under a blanket on the couch, sleeping peacefully while the news tells us why we should be afraid.
I’m sitting at the kitchen table. My hands rest on the white, too-wrinkled tablecloth. The computer screen buzzes blue and invites me to touch the silver keys.
Journal photo by Boa-sorte&Careca But this time I decline and reach for my journal instead. I open the patterned cover and run my fingers along the lined pages. I pick up the pen and write secrets.

These are not the sort of secrets that would land me on a talk show. No, these are secrets of the heart.

For here, on these silent pages no one reads, I write down words of encouragement given to me, accomplishments, reasons for celebration.

Then God and I rejoice over them together. It’s divine intimacy. It brings me back to joy.

You see, I tend to forget those things. Or I hide them. I’m embarassed by compliments, overwhelmed by spotlights.
But alone, with Him, they become treasures I can offer back up.
And when I’m done, perspective changed, my heart rests…

On difficult days I come back to this book and read again, remembering His faithfulness, knowing I’m loved.

Lord, may our hearts rejoice and rest in you. Amen.

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I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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