Monday, July 27, 2009

Scatter Joy

Hello Friends!

Have you ever had a moment that you truly feel you are experiencing a little peace of heaven here on earth? Well friends I am surrounded in such moments...and the crazy, wacky, wild and insane thing is MORE than chaotic right now in our household! Yikes...yep there is a whole lot of living life on purpose going on.

In the midst of living out husband runs out with the boys on Saturday and the little guy goes with him to the mailbox...and they bring momma in a little package. The boys love it when we get packages...doesn't matter if its for them or not...they love the anticipation. So does their momma. So I announce..."this little package is all the way from Canada" and of course the boys must see where that is in reference to they take a little hike to the map on the wall and daddy shows them.

The boys come running back to help momma open the package and inside is this most beautiful necklace that says "Scatter Joy" comes from my friend Joy. There in the midst of living life sitting on our floor in our family room, one momma, two boys and an Engineer got to feel and experience a 'little peace of heaven here on earth'. Yes friends we did...a moment of being loved on by someone who is truly living out of the overflow in her life. My friend Joy who I have never met in person...but my Jesus knows I would love to!!, has her own life of crazy happenings and circumstances and issues...but she paused long enough to "Scatter Joy"! If I could just express in words how timely this was for me and my family.

You see we are experiencing some stress, issues, circumstances and stuff on all sides.

But the moments spent on our family room floor thanks to my friend Joy reminded me, its not about the stress, issues, circumstances and stuff on all sides...nope...its about what my Jesus has asked me to do....

"Scatter Joy"

I want to encourage you today to see where you can do just that!

God has NOT called us to conform to our world.
God has NOT called us to abandon it.

Friends God has called us to transform it!

"These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."
John 15:11

Let's do it!

"For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
Isaiah 55:12

Dear Heavenly Father thank You for loving us and being our One true source of joy. May we know that we find our full joy in You, and You alone. Bless Joy, continue to wrap her in Your amazing arms. She truly makes this world, Your world a better place by 'scattering joy'-Amen

Please know that I am praying for you my friends and family. Thank you so much for the opportunity to see Jesus working in your lives. Please be in prayer as I continue to seek God and take one step at a are amazing people to live life on purpose with. I love you!


Joyful said...

Well, the seeds of "joy" are being blown back across the miles and blessing my heart as well. So thankful the Lord used this little gift to show you His love.

Praying for you and know the Lord will continue to work all things together for your good and His glory.

Love, prayers and hugs,

From the Heart said...

Yes, I am praying for you also that as Joy said,"the Lord will continue to work all things together for your good and His glory."

I just feel He has something wonderful in store for you. You are such an encourager.

We're having some issues also but I know God will work them out according to His will for us.
Be blessed, my friend,

Kimberly said...

The necklace from Joy is beautiful! (I clicked on your picture to get a closer look.) :)

And, you my friend, are BEAUTIFUL, too! You radiate joy in that picture! And thank you so much for scattering some joy my way. I needed it. :)

Love you and your beautiful, purposeful self! And I love how God knows just what we need, just when we need it!!!!
Love and prayers,

Sande said...

Warm fuzzies like that always get you right in the heart don't they. We think we are all mature and grown up and a fulltime giver; then 'smack'.

Someone holds us.

And we melt into a childlike love-sponge.

It's so God.

Nicole said...

What a beautiful necklace for a beautiful friend. You look so stunning in that picture, and are radiating so much of Him! I am praying that your joy may be complete! Love you!

Lori said...

Scatter Joy! I love it! That is just what the two of you do, you spread joy across the miles and we feel it and we're continually, time and time again, blessed by you both! It makes me stop in awe, knowing God's hands were apart of this little gift! He spoke to Joy, because she spends her days walking with Him. He put, you-dear Nicole, on her heart! Obediently, she followed the little voice inside her saying, "send this to Nichole!" Don't ya just love Him all the more for this? His Glory shining ever so brightly! God knows when we need a little extra love! And, then I just feel comforted again, knowing, He works in ways we'd never imagine! I've not seen the two of you, but feel as tho we've been dear friends from childhood! God has placed both of you on my heart to pray over. What an honor too. As I pray over you both, He blesses me, and that relationship, we've been talking about :) ... just grows deeper!

Nichole you are B E A U T I F U L !

Hugs & prayer coming across the miles! Catch them my sister!
Lori - AZ

Sharon said...

Praise the Lord, The necklace is beautiful, but the smile on your face made it look even prettier.
What a awesome friend you have, and a awesome family. that was so cute the way you told the story of the package. I Loved it, I felt like I was in the little pow wow with you all..... funfunfun.

Have a Beautiful and Joyfilled Day :) Rejoice in the Lord he Loves you so much!
Hugggsss Sharon

Chatty Kelly said...

You look BEAUTIFUL! What a blessing and you do indeed scatter joy. I'm sorry your under pressure.

Keep scattering joy!

Tea With Tiffany said...

So thankful to read about your joyful gift. I loved seeing you and your new necklace.

Lord, bless Nichole and Joy. Allow their friendship to grow according to your plan and purpose. Thank you for gifts that remind us of your love. In Jesus name, Amen.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Now, isn't that something. A little bit of "joy" all the way from Canada. I want some!

She is the best kept Canadian secret. I'm not sure they fully appreciate her up there; I'm desperately trying to get her to make a road trip sometime soon. In fact, I think we all need to gather sometime after Christmas when the hard days of winter hit!

Where are you by the way?


PS: Thanks for your kind encouraging words you sent my way this week. It means a great deal to me.

My ADHD Me said...

What a "feel good" post this is.

Scatter Joy...I Like That!

Isn't it funny how a package in the mail can brighten your day!

Tea With Tiffany said...

Had to come again and see this precious smile of yours this morning. Because you scatter JOY my way all the time.

Thank you, Jesus, for Nichole. She makes this world a sweeter place! Bless her with favor in all she says and does.

Thanks for your words today.

Kristen said...

You have indeed scattered some joy into my life today. What a wonderful post! I so desire to be a channel of blessing as I walk this earthly sod.

Runner Mom said...

Oh, how I loved this!! That Joy is just precious!! You both scatter His joy with your writing and your living!! Thanks so much for sharing this today!! I'll try to see if I scatter any joy today!!

Love ya!

Cindy said...

What a sweet, sweet bloggy friend you have. Sometimes we all can use a little encouragment. The battles of life can drag us so far down that we feel unable to get up again.
It sure is special when God chooses to meet us where we are with gifts of love.
Continuing to pray for you.
Blessings, Cindy

Anonymous said...

I got the Joy, Joy, Joy of Jesus down in my heart....Scattering more Joy your way....
Love, Hugs and Prayers

Irritable Mother said...

How timely to read about scattering joy when I'm listening to my children fighting - wondering how I am ever going to teach them to live peacefully with one another.
At moments like this, when I want to quit, I need to be reminded to model joy for them - to scatter it among them even when I would honestly rather run away...*sigh*
Jesus, be my Strength!