I get a lot of joy from many things, I remember a Sunday School song I learnt as a child- "Count your blessings, name them one by one........" I really count myself blessed. I get joy from my honey, from watching the kids grow, from picking roses and flowers from the garden, from drinking tea, from decorating my home.......... but these are nothing if I have not the main source of joy to keep giving me a reason for having joy.I've been serving the Lord for 18 years now and have taken up the call of Jesus to reach out and win souls and be fruitful. So I get a lot of joy from seeing someone come to know the Lord and grow strong in Him. However, if people don't continue, I inevitably feel sad and concerned. I've been reminded time and time again to not let the source of my joy hinge on people and circumstances, but God Himself should be the real source of my joy, He loved me so much that He sent His own Son Jesus to die on the cross for me, who am I that He should care for me, but I'm glad He does care.Some of my favourite quotes:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose"-- Jim Elliot
"To see a treasure in one soul, that far outshines the brightest gold"--Twila Paris
What or who is your source of joy? In this world scarred by terrorism and we're bombarded with bad news in the papers everyday, do you have a reason for joy?
P.S. Oh! By the way, I really enjoyed reading this children's book by Chris Riddell called "Ottoline and the Yellow Cat"(featured in one of the pictures below, hehe!). One of my daughters borrowed it from the library, and I can't believe I was reading it. The illustrations are awesome, I think I'm captivated by the author's creativity and the attention he paid to details. I've always been in awe of details in drawings, it's not unusual for anyone to find me sitting there for ages poring over all the fine details in the illustrations, but of course the kind of pictures is important as well, and no doubt this book has all the right ingredients for my attention.