As I was considering and praying about what to include in this "JOY" series today, I browsed through some of my pictures, and this one just popped off the page!!
Doesn't that smile just knock your socks off??
This is our precious, precocious, pretty, and playful little granddaughter, Emily.
I snapped this at the beach several weeks ago....one of her favorite places in her little world!
I remember the moment well...It was a breezy day and a gust of wind filled up the skirt of her dress.
She saw it fluff up, made a funny face, and started giggling and twirling in sheer delight!
What a joy to see through a child's eyes, and to enjoy and savor the moment as they do!!
I smiled upon seeing this photo, and lingered in thought. Pure, unbridled joy was what I saw that day. You can get a real sense of it in this photo.
Then I thought...
I need to lighten up! I can learn from this little one to not take everything so seriously...to find and seize the joy of the moment, and to savor it without restraints! We tend to let all kinds of outside influences keep us from really experiencing the full spectrum of the JOY that God gives us in the little and not so little things in life.
This has only increased my desire to experience joy more fully, and to bask in the glimpses of God that He sprinkles in each of my days; gems from His Word, the joy of a new morning, the laughter of a child, a sloppy kiss from my doggy, an up close parking space when it's pouring down rain, that first sip of coffee, the smile of a passerby, lunch with a friend, my hubby's good night kiss... I am going to relish each second of it and all that I can hold on to throughout each day!!
May your week be full of savored joy, and your heart full of gladness!!