|This is a series I am doing for the month of October. If you are new, you can start HERE.|
Thoughts on Joy:
As part of our mortal experience, all of us will have to deal with trials and tests that may cause us to feel burdened or overwhelmed by sorrow, stress or regret.
“Part of Christ’s mission is to heal broken hearts. He came to wipe away our tears, not to ensure that we would never weep (see Revelation 7:17). He clearly promised, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John 16:33). (Camille Fronk Olson, "Be of Good Cheer: Choosing Happiness", Ensign, July 2011)
But then we are admonished to “be of good cheer”; Christ has overcome the world. He knows how to conquer sins, sorrow and burdens of all shapes and sizes and through His Atonement, our broken hearts can be healed and we can find our way on the road back to joy.
Today I found joy on my journey:
--By taking a minute to stand barefoot in the grass. The blue skies and 70 degree temperatures were balm to my spirit.
--By going outside to look at the moon and hearing the owl that lives in the woods across the street hooting.
--By preparing a lovely Sunday dinner of roast chicken encrusted with herbs de Provence, rolls, mashed potatoes and lots and lots of fresh vegetables and then enjoying it with my family.
--By watching General Conference. It is a twice a year conference of our church where we get to listen to what the Lord has to say to us through our church leaders. It is always uplifting and inspiring. The music (generally provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) moved me to tears on a couple of occasions. I found the performance of "I Believe in Christ" particularly beautiful.
What brought you joy today?
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P.S. I have a couple orders of business that I neglected to address yesterday.
1.) I am doing this as part of a challenge that I found on The Nester's blog. There are tons of other people participating and writing for 31 days on the topic of their choice. You might want to check it out. There are lots of good ones.
2.) My plan is to share some thoughts on finding joy and then some thing(s) that brought me joy that day. I reserve the right to change my format if I find it isn't working for me.