JOY Writing blog

Nov. 14, 2019

"Fragile or not. Handle PEACE with CARE."

FRAGILE- adjective. "easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail" (dictionary.com)

Did you ever receive or send a gift that was fragile, breakable? 'Fragile' means extra handling care is required. So the package needs to be specially marked and sometimes package insurance purchases to cover the contents value ... in case ...

Did you ever open a clearly marked gift package to find heart break? Inside the layers of protective bubble wrap and packaging tape (my mothers' trademark) have you ever opened the final layer to reveal pieces instead of precious whole? I have sent and received packages with precious contents that did not survive the journey intact.

My friends who work in Express delivery warehouses tell me the package markings often have no correlation to the package handling. Speed and efficiency is everything. Package casualties are frequent. Gifts marked 'Fragile' ... often will not remain in one piece.

So I prefer to give, send, receive indestructible gifts. And the most precious gift I continually receive is PEACE.

THE GIFT OF PEACE

Of mind Of heart

That I have received Is not fragile.

Do I have a firm grip on this reality

of unbreakable Peace of heart and mind

which is mine?

Today, I choose to say thank you,

receiving,

BEing present IN the One,

Who is my continual gift, that keeps being

my BEyond comprehension Peace.

I am REALizing the Peace

I have is unbreakable, not fragile. I

HANDLE with PRAYER."

Super Joy selah thought Jln, SUPER JOY, 11-14-19

“I am leaving you with a GIFT —PEACE of MIND and HEART! And the PEACE I GIVE isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 tlb

Nov. 9, 2019

"BEING WELL RESTED."

"Be well rested. Does this wisdom for every day living feel like a joke to you as much as it often does to me.?

If you don't want to get sick ... be well rested.

If you want to perform optimally ... be well rested.

If you are going through transitions, in the process, navigate them by ... being well rested.

At a recent doctor visit for shingles, my doctor asked one simple question. "Joy, are you stressed?"

Are you kidding me, am I breathing? Is life in and of itself stressful? Life is stress, right? Or is stress a result of what I think as I live my eventful life? As this maturing body shows more intolerance of bad thoughts and beliefs about living, I am realizing that being well rested is wisdom. I am also realizing that rest is not inactivity but consciously being present IN the One Who is my Peace and my rest in my living. Rest is a believing  state of being in my doing.

So I looked once again at my cat Shiloh (actually the name of a resting place for the ark of the covenant) and ponder other ways to be present in Peace, to be aware of my resting place in my daily living.

Today, I choose to practically practice being present IN Love, IN Peace starting with regularly, intentionally, deeply inhaling and saying thank You Spirit for being my breath."

"My cat Shiloh is Simply RESTing. Being purrfectly Content."

"Actually Shiloh quickly abandoned this new cat bed I bought to sprawl on the entirety of my bed as her resting place. Shiloh knows what she needs. Shiloh will be intentional to find a place to rest frequently throughout the day."

"Am I? Do I intentionally recenter myself in my seat of being in rest throughout my day? Do I remember Peace is the trustworthy One in Whom I live and move and have my being so rest is always available for me. Am I BrEathIN deeply, intentionally remembering Who is IN me and IN Whom I am?"

"Have I entered and

am I remaining on my SEAT of REST

being IN CHRIST today? '

It (His work) is finished' In Him,

I have rest.  Am I RESTING IN HIM?"

Am I believing, being in a state of rest, in my doing? In my living?"

SUPER JOY SELAH THOUGHT Jln, SUPER JOY, 11-9-19

"So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his." Hebrews 4:9-10 esv

Nov. 7, 2019

"Choosing to BE IN PEACE"

I need to say the beauty inadequately captured in this  photo was not my feeling as I headed out the door for a walk. In fact,  my emotional experience at that moment was far from up lifting. Even breathing was a laborious choice.

Somehow during the day I had accumulated a lot of heart caring weight and I was overwhelmed with the presence of seemingly impossibles for myself and others. I walked out the door and before I left my driveway I lifted my eyes and wept. Body shaking tears rumbled through my frame. I looked up and knew that Love had written glorious dramatic love letters in the sky for me.

I simply walked and surveyed the sky. Something about looking up at the sky enlarges my focus reminding me - God is so much bigger than I can think. God is good. God unstoppably, inescapably, unfailingly loves me. And viewing these beautiful clouds in the changing light reminded me I am not alone. I am seen, hear, witnessed.

So I said thank you in tears and just let living Peace become the center of my experience. I inhaled Sprit breath deeply. I exhaled all else slowly. I surrendered all in awe to Peace. I cannot control my circumstances but I can always BE IN PEACE.

PEACE is a journey.

PEACE is a choice.

PEACE is always an option for me because PEACE is a living One Who always is the One in which I live and move and have my being. I choose to BE aware of and present IN PEACE always.

I AM ....

'Steppin' INto PEACE

BEyond comprehension

BEyond calculation

BEyond comparison

Wholely Holy BEyond LOVE, I am Steppin' IN through YOU.'

Today no matter our circumstances, let us be led forth IN PEACE. Please join me in choosing to remain and abide IN our living One, Who is Peace, in Whom we live and move and have our peaceful BEING. Today, I say yes, I will let Peace guard my heart and mind.

Super JOY Selah thought Jln, SUPER JOY, 10-7-19

“And the PEACE OF GOD, which TRANSCENDS ALL understanding, WILL guard your HEARTS and your MINDS IN Christ Jesus.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Nov. 6, 2019

"I SURRENDER ALL IN AWE" "

I let go of everything

to fully wholely embrace,

abide in the One Who is all and I N WHOM I exist ...

all to Jesus I surrender because

He already has and is surrendering ALL to me." Super JOY

"What do I look like today

Fully yielded, fully surrendered

Letting go of all my attachments

Surrendering my illusions of fear and control

Emptying my heart and hands of all

to embrace the true REALity of LOVE?

What does it feel like to know the freedom of this Love?

I let go

Casting cares to know

the ALL of LOVE

That never let's me go fully revealed.

I come Just as I am to know

more of The Truly Just I Am,

Who has surrendered ALL to me". SUPER JOY Selah Spirit thought

Jln, Super Joy, 11-6-19 @joyheartart

"2 That their HEARTS might be comforted, BEING KNIT together IN LOVE, and unto ALL RICHES of the FULL assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the MYSTERY of GOD, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 IN WHOM are hid ALL the TREASURES of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:2-3 kjv

Jul. 26, 2019

"JOY TOOLS for my LOVE TOOL BELT." "

BUBBLES have been an incredible gift, a tool to help my hurting heart, bring some childlike wonder and JOY, to accompany me and help me be present in some incredibly painful moments in my life and grief journey. Sometimes I do bubbles so I have one concrete thing for which to say "thank you" for in a moment. I rarely can do bubbles without some brief flicker of smile or laugh even on my worst days. Bubbles encourage me.

What are some simple, practical tools or practices you use to accompany you and strengthen you in your "I wanna give up", "living is just too hard" moments? I would love to expand my Love tool set with your encouraging heart hammers and wrenches and pliers ...I can always use more reminders of the JOYful heart that is really good medicine for what ails me. I look forward to reading and using your JOY openers!

Let's find some of our JOY together so we can be fully aware of and present in Love today". Jln, SUPER JOY, 7-26-19