31 Days of Joy Simply | Day 8: The Notebook

This is day 8 of a 31 day series of finding Joy Simply.  You can read each post of the series by clicking HERE.

When the alarm clock doesn’t go off at 6:00 a.m. it makes for a hectic, run around, short-fused, everyone is late, kid’s screaming, dogs barking, wait-who fed the dog kind of morning.  Finding the simple joy was a bit more challenging this morning.  More complaints than joys were running through my head. I suppose this 31 days series is intended to be a “challenge.”

Laundry: the story of my life

However, I’ve given it some thought and I’ve got a little somethin’.  One of my favorite {quiet} pleasures, and biggest teaching tool, is a little spiral bound notebook. It’s kept on hand to write down meaningful scriptures, powerful quotes, simple prayers and special notes from books I may have read. Often times, I’ll go back and re-read these applicable writings because to me they are the best of the best. Otherwise, I would read or hear something great, think ‘wow, that’s powerful’ then forget what it was the next day.  Some of the things apply to me, others to those I love.

Some of my favorites:

(From John 6:32- 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread for 500 people) 
“Jesus blessed something that was not enough. Until you can be thankful for something that is not enough, then what you have cannot be multiplied for something that is more than enough. The blessing is in the breaking (of the bread). It is the breaking of life that produces the blessing of life.”  -Bishop T.D. Jakes

“Have a perfect love for imperfect people.”

“A joyful heart is good medicine.”  -Proverbs 17:22

“Prayer for my children to attract Godly Friends and Role Models: Give them the wisdom to chose friends that are Godly and help them to never compromise their walk with You in order to gain acceptance.  Take anyone who is not a Godly influence out of their life or else transform that person into your likeness.”
- Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie O’Martian

‘The grass is always greener on the other side but it still has to be mowed.’  (no idea where this came from)