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Joy Unspeakable

joy unspeakable

When my head hit the pillow last night, I immediately thought that what I really needed was a do-over.

But from the crazy bad mood of yesterday that fear would have had me believe was more of a permanent shift not to be easily overcome arose a calm, yet firm, hope and possibility for today, and the opportunity to leave what may have just been a bad day behind and move on.

Turns out the finding of joy in that photo was no mistake.

Only the Lord can answer a prayer for more of His joy and more of His peace that I didn’t even fully appreciate I was praying because the sentences didn’t seem complete enough and the words didn’t seem eloquent enough. Though I most certainly was praying … from a place of greater desperation than I realized.

And then this morning, this:

“For from His [Jesus Christ’s] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

John 1:16 (ESV)

Not exactly a do-over. But joy unspeakable.

Thoughts redirected and a heart full of hopes, possibilities, and dreams.

Deeply felt, but loosely held.

Because they’re better in His hands.


*linking with Emily Freeman for tuesdays unwrapped at chatting at the sky*


The Gift is in His Presence

the gift is in his presence

A day set aside to intentionally admire the unexpected gifts, the unnoticed miracles, the beauty in the everyday?

Sign. me. up.

Because truth be told, I’m bad at that most of the time.

My detail oriented self fails to recognize the small and sometimes seemingly insignificant details in the everyday that make this life beautiful. The moments that make it possible to not just make it through a season … especially this one … with some degree of sanity and decorum, but to really live it. With purpose. With thankfulness and joy. With humble awe and wonder.

It requires a shift in focus away from self to see the always at work hand of the Creator.

And as I force the issue, though gladly because this exercise is a good one, as I try hard to see the gifts in the aftermath of a day filled with mental burn out and physical depletion, I keep coming up empty.

Unwrapping these gifts shouldn’t be this hard.

But somewhere in the midst of it all, I realize that by trying so hard, my focus has been clouded. Because my eyes have strayed from the Giver.

The gift of today, of this moment, isn’t to be found in what He has done or in what He has given. And yet, it’s all because of what He has done and what He has given.

The gift is in His presence.

In the knowing … especially in this season … that He is Emmanuel, God with us. God with me. Walking with me. Today. In this moment.

And yes, this promise of His presence is eternal, but there is such power in knowing that in the very moments when I struggle and try and fail, when I come up empty, He is fully here.

The gift is resting in the assurance of that promise.

He overwhelms in the very places I lack. All of this life depends on His presence in each moment of the everyday.

“O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel…”

Yes, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom this captive heart once again that so often strays from the beauty of Your presence and forgets the faithfulness of Your promises.

“Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel rejoice!”

And I do rejoice. In this gift, this promise, unwrapped.


*linking up with tuesdays unwrapped at chatting at the sky*

5 Things

1. Hey, Friends!

2. Last week while my parents were out of town, I had to make a quick stop at their house one evening. They have several small dogs (Toy Poodles and a Pomeranian) – who were of course excited to see me! – so even though they were being well taken care of by pet-sitters, I let them all out of their crates to play for about half an hour while I found the info I needed. When I was ready to go, I grabbed a handful of little milkbones to signal my intent, and watched them all hurry to their respective crates to await their treat. Or so I thought. I started handing out treats and closing crate doors until I got to almost the last one only to realize I had closed the door of an empty crate. I walked around to the other side of the kitchen and found Omega hiding behind the trashcan. Ha!

3. Speaking of parents, my mom is a gift-giving genius! True story.

4. This is one of the few pictures I have that proves I was actually in Charleston, SC a couple of weeks ago…even if it is from inside the hotel room. I still kinda love this mirror!

5. I had a rather important meeting earlier this week (which went great!), and in the 24 hours or so leading up to it, as my excitement began to increase, so did my nerves and I found myself craving familiar promises in Scripture. To hear the whole story behind my love for this passage go read this post, but I’ll leave you with my favorite couple of verses that never cease to restore calm and provide comfort as they remind me of God’s Faithfulness and Sovereignty:

“This God – his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?”

– 2 Samuel 22:31-32 (ESV)