I went to bed early, choosing my mini pity-party over anything productive.
I awoke this morning feeling a bit better after a longer night's sleep, but not back to normal.
Time for a joy hunt!
A devotion I am doing (www.walkingwithgod.com) has me writing down scripture and analyzing it--and asks me to name a blessing from the day before. No room for requests; just a blessing.
Expanding this concept, I decided to go on a joy hunt. In less than a minute, here are the things I found to be joyful about: my kids; my warm, comfortable home; my bank account having a positive balance; my boatload of friends all over the country; my loving family; my country; my church; my dogs; my health. (free association here, not listed in order of importance)
When I was in college, we had a prayer circle going, thanking God for things in our lives. A young man I did not know well stated each time he spoke the same words: "thank God for milk." Now, I don't know if he was a huge milk fan or if there was some deeper significance behind his praise of milk, but it made an impact on me. Though this happened 20 years ago, I still remember it. Seemingly simple things, but worthy of thanks to Him who created them. The essence of a child-like faith expressed!
I could continue my joy hunt to that level of detail and probably fill pages and pages in my journal, but I think I will stop here. I am feeling better--realizing I am blessed beyond measure. Pity party over.
Feeling low? Go on your own joy hunt!
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.
- Psalm 30:5B, New American Standard Bible