April 14, 2009

Joy Catchers...

The sun peeking in between the blinds this morning, calling me to run free and the voice of Daddy telling me some time during the night that I've allowed the enemy to stop me from experiencing His joy by wallowing in self-pity...(why have I allowed that to go on for so long?).
Yesterday, I finished reading, "The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis to the boys and there's a chapter that speaks of a beautiful woman that has a husband that's walking around with a 'doll' on a chain that he won't let go of (the man is as small as an organ-grinder monkey, the "Trajedian" a tall man)...self-pity...it speaks for the husband and in the end, the husband shrinks and becomes so small he can't be seen anymore.
The chapter slapped me, scolded me and rebuked me for allowing that ugly 'thing' to rob me of joy Jesus went to the cross to give me...
My heart's cries have been to be passionately in love with Jesus and so I came into the Light and renounced this attack and have been meditating on being in the kingdom and experiencing every moment of every day reveling in His love, absorbing His peace and transformed by the strength of His joy.
He did it. Says that 'for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame and has set down at the right hand of God'. Also says that the God of Hope will fill me with all joy and peace in believing that I may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit...the precious Holy Spirit living in me. He does it, He is honored when I walk in love, the light and express His power in my heart and life.
I woke up thinking that there is something I can give to others...to make a 'joy catcher'. A something or other that anyone can grab hold of and keep their joy; it's our strength and we all need it, right? Any ideas of what that 'thing', i.e.-bag, etc, might look like? Share them, please...
Don't you just love how Daddy draws us to Himself and then fills us with Himself.
...the rocker is calling me.
But I'll have to sit in mine, not my sister's in Florida!

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Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Hi Daune,

Thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment. I've seen your name on Laure's blog too.

Please be gentle with yourself about the struggle you describe with self-pity. God loves you and he is so will to help us move forward. Peace to you, my newly met sister in Christ.

I love your idea of making a joy catcher. Perhaps it could be something as simple as a prettily colored jar or vase to store thanksgivings in. I find that intentionally giving thanks often turns my mood around like few other things.

Polar Bear Creations said...

Hi Daune,
thank you for your generous offer for the sewing machine cams, but I won't need them.
I found all 30 cams for that model on E-bay a little while back. I love those old sewing machines and how quiet they are compared to some of the new plastic ones.
I had a look at your blog and your beautiful pictures! You are doing an amazing job!! :0)
I read a bit , but have to come back and read some more. Very interesting posts.

Thank you again for your kindness and have a wonderful day!

All the best!


Freedom in the Dance said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Our daddy is so Good!

I wrote on your blog and want to say again that I appreciate your input on my photos...I genuinely want to express the beauty of what our invisible God creates for us to enjoy!


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