Me, Myself and God


I have had several hours to myself this morning. It’s been quiet. Lady didn’t even join me for the first hour. So, what did I do? I journaled. Sometimes my creativity is a little off and I just don’t feel like spending time with God this way, but today, it was precious.


Several years ago, a friend showed me the technique of using paper napkins and Modge Podge to create a beautiful, water color effect. As I was getting ready for an upcoming Creative Bible Journaling class, I found some fun napkins and thought I’d share the technique with my ladies.


But then, I saw the red poppy napkins! I smiled from ear-to-ear. Why? Because I love red poppies. Years ago, when I was into making Ukrainian Eggs, I learned that each symbol and color had a unique meaning. And that red poppies represented joy.


You see, joy has deep meaning for me. Yes, Scripture is filled with the word joy. I find great joy in being in God’s Word and deepening my relationship with Jesus. There is joy in serving Jesus. These are all so important in my life…the most important in my life.


But, “joy” has become a family name. My middle name is Joy. My youngest daughter’s name is Joy. And my granddaughter’s first name is Joy. Because of this, my house is filled with the word “joy.” Every time I see the word or see the symbol that represents “joy,” I remember.


I remember my daughter and granddaughter. I remember all the things that bring me joy. But most of all, I remember where my joy comes from. Jesus.


The Scripture I journaled this morning is Psalm 16:11. It says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (NIV) What joy I find in these beautiful words!


I pray that you will have a little time to spend with the Lord today. Find your special way to spend time with Him. Then pay attention to the joy that He brings to your life.


Grace and peace be yours in abundance,




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