Sharing In The Joy With Others While Waiting For Blessings

Listening to others’ stories of joy – Do you leave feeling hopeful? Or hopeless?

“Find joy in the ordinary.” Unknown

Do you ever hear those stories about random people who are receiving blessings from strangers? They’re not sure who, nor do they know how. They simply receive a statement, which says they don’t owe a balance!

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I hear a lot of these awesome stories. There’s another one I was listening to about a local couple that won the most amazing trip for a tropical getaway! It was a morning talk show on the radio.

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Now, I’ll admit that I do feel a little ashamed sharing this. I actually found myself getting down!

There I was, questioning the fairness of others getting stuff that I’d wanted for myself. Selfish much?

Oh! Also, they weren’t only getting rewards, they’re getting them without doing anything to earn it?! Well, except for sending in an entry!

To deny I was feeling discouraged, would be futile. I had let myself have a negative reaction to another person’s joy, even if only for a brief moment.

Stop dreaming of being someone else! Find joy in being you!

As I said, I feel awful about having this kind of reaction! It’s a blessing to have gifts like these.

First of all, like it can only happen once in the first place, right?! People win these trips once a week, through various channels.

Ultimately though, I hate that it caused me to feel less than hopeful for something just as great ever happening for me in my life. Better yet, how about not even having it happen? Instead, how about just being able to do these things for myself? Bag waiting for it to be won!

I hate to lose my hopes, and frankly I don’t have to! You never know, after all. It might just be, on the next story you hear, it’s about the blessings I’m receiving! Nothing wrong with imagining that dream becoming a reality! Am I right?

Being thrilled with and for people about the blessings they receive in their lives is completely possible WHILE remaining hopeful for the best that life has to offer me. Obviously, we’ve already have been abundantly blessed!

Whatever comes next, well it’s probably going to be so amazing, that I should just not even bother trying to fathom what it’s gonna be anyway! Meanwhile, I choose to praise all of the blessings I have today.

I can continue praising blessings that other people are hopeful for in THEIR own lives, too. Share the joy, friends!

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Control Freaks Welcome Comfort Zones

I think Christopher is much happier with the somewhat more relaxed version of me. I would be if I was him.

To me, I can’t say that I’ve ever felt there’s anything wrong with someone taking control of things. And by things I mean, someone that takes the reins on EVERYTHING. Somebody needs to do it, right?? It’d seem like everyone else’s feelings are slightly different, though.

First of all, I can admit it: I like to feel like I’m in control of things! It gives me a sense of knowing what I can expect next. I guess, it’s a little bit of a comfort zone for me.

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It’s a big eye-opener when you get hit with the reality of life! At least, I found myself feeling like this recently.

A Time For Celebration

My daughter’s wedding day is going to be in about a month, and as that’s getting closer, we’re going to need our clothes for the wedding, picked out and ready to go. It’s only one of the things that’s going to be necessary, though. There are also another three items, or so, like:

  • Getting my daughter’s stamp of approval for the clothes we’re wearing.
  • Passing on our clothing choices to the rest of the immediate family.
  • And most importantly, or at least to me, is that I have a backup plan which is absolutely necessary when you have a 5-year-old that’s going to be far from home.

Furthermore, we’re also going to celebrate my brother’s homecoming! The most awesome thing about this? It’s not just a return for the wedding – it’ll be for good! We’ll be celebrating a lot of different things around then.

“The more you try to control something, the more it controls you. Free yourself, and let these things take their course naturally.”

The “living in the moment” season is making its way to the stage. One might even say, this is the best way to live. However, my family understands I’m not ready to prepare myself for this. You did read that right…I do have to prepare to live in the moment.

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Maybe, we can all just find our own comfort zones and know that God’s got a plan for it all to work out. As I, somewhat begrudgingly, come to terms with this I’m learning to embrace the tremendous peace that comes with trusting Him. Being faithfully dependent on Him who never changes, and who will always be here with me – and then, we can include the part about how He already holds the map with all the tiny details. Then I sorta feel the weight lifting. We just have to reassure ourselves from time to time, that it’s all going to work out beautifully. Every part of it, results in beauty. To actively trust – it’ll always slay, preparing for what’s coming next.