Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength: It's Renewed Every Morning

"....Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!" Psalm 30:5 It's morning time!!!! Thank you Jesus for the beautiful gift of {Joy} that you have given me!!!! Thank you for the deep, abiding joy that has come into my life as a direct result of the trials, tribulations and traumatic experiences that I once encountered! But with the Holy Spirit, which is my ever present helper, my faith has matured and I have been strengthened. I am no longer in pursuit of happiness, because I have come to the realization that happiness tends to be short lived and depends upon temporary factors like circumstances or other people.

Joy, on the other hand, is true contentment that comes from internal factors like our faith in the Lord. True joy is everlasting and not dependent upon circumstances. Joy is a gift that God promised to give us every morning... All you have to do is wake up and receive it!!!!

So, now you can understand why I say... this {Joy} that I have... the world didn't give it to me and the world can't take it away!!!! Wake up and walk in joy that God has blessed you with this morning!!!! It's morning time!!!! Joy is here wake up!!!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

{God} Things Come to Those Who Wait | Rosanna Crown Plates

Several years ago when I was {daydreaming} about planning my wedding... I ran across these images on Iffer's Little Nest Blog.  I fell in love instantaneously and tucked these images away in my wedding file folder...

Just two years later, I found myself frantically searching for those plates in hopes of having them grace our head table at the wedding... After months and months of searching I threw in the towel and moved on to the more pressing details of our special day....

Fast forward...almost nine months into marriage... On a random Sunday afternoon... I was scrolling through Dillard's and I ran across these!!! I could not believe my eyes!!!  I began to shake and tremble... my heart skipped a beat!!! I grabbed them as quickly as I could and dashed to the register... I didn't ever bother looking at the price!

To my dismay... they were only $15.75 with 50% off!!! Yes, the plates and mugs were only $7.87 for a set of four!!! Can you say score??? That was less than $2 a plate!!! I immediately asked the sales representative to search the Internet to see if she could find me more... But it was not a successful search!!! Every store that she accessed in the system did not have any in stock!!! So in the end I purchased 8 mugs and 4 plates for less than $25!!! I will continue my search for another set of salad plates as well as the matching platter and tea pot!!! Until then... I will enjoy this glorious find!!!

My heart is so happy... All I could think was that God brought these pieces all the way to Florence just for me!!! {God} things come to those who wait!!!

"Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
—Habakkuk 2:1-3, King James Bible