Monday, September 21, 2009

JOY For Our Journey~~Be a JOY!


Happee Monday to all of you sweet gals out there!!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!  Ours was!  We went to north Florida to the hunting camp to help with needed repairs and get our site ready!  More about that in a day or so!  You can visit my daughter Madison’s blog for her thoughts on the weekend!

This is a lovely picture thought I had to share with you!  Can’t you just envision yourself there with a favorite book, picnic lunch, and a canoe?  I sure can!! 



Today’s Joy For Our Journey message is short and sweet, but very close to the heart of Christ!

It is simply this…BE A JOY!!

That’s it!  BE A JOY!! 


Today…yes, this very day, there is someone who needs to see your smile, hear your reassuring words, know that you care enough to listen or lend a hand, feel the warmth of your touch, hear you say “I love you”, or “You did a great job”.

You have the power to make a difference in someone’s life today!   Whose will it be?  Have you thought of someone already?  Maybe it’s someone right in your own home, or at the local store, and where you work, or a neighbor…ask God to show you who needs you today! 

And then…do it again tomorrow!

We can change the world!!  One smile, one kind deed, thoughtful word or gesture at a time!!

What God says about it:

But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 
2Thessalonians 3:13

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 2:15


Have a fantastic week and look for ways to BE A JOY!!!

Hugs n love,



  1. Becky, you are such a great encourager. So glad to hear you had such a wonderful weekend.


  2. Just lovely Becky! Today's message is so true. Even my Dad said "Smile, people will wonder what you are up too!" I prefer to go around with a smile on my face. Who wants to be a grump all the time? That doesn't seem like fun to me.

    Glad to see you had a great weekend over at Maddy's blog. I'm waiting for more.

    Have a great day dear! Keep that smile on!

  3. What wonderful Monday encouragement! I'm so glad you had a great weekend. I will have to check out Madison's blog for the scoop☺


  4. Beautiful post! Very uplifting sentiments, and a lovely picture to go with them! Puts peace in my heart.

    'Sounds like you had a great weekend! 'Can't wait to hear more!

  5. becky - i will try to keep this in mind all week - be a joy to those around me :) love you!

    OK, 2 questions:

    1. why didn't i know you homeschooled your daughter? :O) we are in our 11th year homeschooling and love it! it's a bit of challenge now that kali's older. she's working almost full time, and with all our speech and debate stuff it's hard to fit it all in. i have to be very creative.

    2. and why didn't i know you guys are in a hunting camp up here? :O) where is it? mark has 2 camps at Cross Creek, if you know where that is. is yours anywhere near us? the gainesville, palatka, ocala area?

    see. i learned some new things about you today :O)

    and, i went to your daughter's blog. it's very fun :). i like her easy way of talking and her photos are neat!

    kali and i are headed to alabama tomorrow for a speech and debate training week. have a great week yourself! love you!

  6. and i just read your profile - i should have known you homeschool - it says so right there! - lol! sorry, i'm just always in a hurry to read your neat posts and check out your beautiful photos :O) and read about the trips you and your husband go on :)

  7. Hey girlfriend! Love the post and the photo is beautiful-I'd love to spend time there praying with you. You should frame it and hang it in your nest for the fall. I am so thankful for you dear one and the joy you spread.

  8. Hi Girl,
    So glad you are back home safe and sound!!
    What a beautiful pic that is, I'll get the picnic basket, pick you up in an hour!! lol
    What a well spoken word for us today. We do need to be a blessing and Joy to someone everyday, and then we are blessed and joyful
    in return! God's plan is so amazing isn't it.
    We don't bless to get a blessing, but we do!!
    Just amazing! It is so wonderful to think God
    used us, lil o me, to bless someone!
    What a plan!
    Hope you have a great day, you are a blessing to some many with the sweet and special heart you have!!
    Blessings Abundant hon,

  9. Thank you so much for that!! I am weary this morning so this was a very, very timely thought for me!!! My brother got an elk last week and a black tail two weeks ago - his freezer is full - hope your hunting season is successful!!


  10. Hi Becky! Thanks for stopping by my blog to be an encouragement to me! Your blog page is lovely! I love the banner! There is so much I still don't know about all of this! Since I haven't been here that much, there seems to be so much to learn! Love all the little thingies on everyone's pages but haven't had time to figure all of that out yet! Too many other things on my plate I guess! Hope you have a wonderful day! Linda

  11. Amen Becky, my thoughts exactly, always try to be a blessing to those around you, let them see the love of God in you,
    J esus first
    O thers second
    Y ou last
    in that order there is always joy. Hugs Barbara

  12. Dear Becky, Thank you so much for the encouragement. One of Rich's coworkers dropped by and gave us some fresh salmon that he had caught. He is not a believer. I got to share with him the goodness of the Lord in our lives and what the Lord has done for us. He was very receptive and I pray I was able to share the joy of the Lord with him and he will accept the Lord and his savior. Have a blessed day! Elena

  13. Becky, I am so glad that you stopped by to see my little blog and left a comment.
    What a beautiful picture and a wonderful message you have for us today. Thanks Monica

  14. I love your blog! Thank you for visiting mine! I think your right..reaching one person with joy is all ya need to do!nice post!

  15. Yes, it's always a choice! I choose joy! Great post. Loved the pictures on Maddy's blog! That picture is too divine! Would love to have a nice comfy chair and a good book and get lost for awhile! enjoy your day!

  16. This reminds me of a phrase I saw on someone's blog. Maybe it was yours. "May I be an answer to someone's prayer." I try to remember that one now. Love your new Fall header! It is so pretty and so is the picture you shared. Just lovely. I could relax there too. Thank you for your well wishes for our anniversary! How cool that we got married the same year. Thank you so much for your fun visit! Lovely to hear from you. I need to catch up on your posts.

  17. Hi Becky !!
    So true - got too many people who don't know what true joy is...even Christian sad. I do try to follow with making a difference if just in small ways.... Great post - have a blessed day, girlfriend !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  18. Hi Becky! It's so nice to meet you! What a wonderful post! I love joy and tried to be as joyful as I possibly can. God has blessed me richly and I want others to see Jesus in me (even if I'm on the silly side). Thank you for your visit. Sheila from Magpie is one of my sweet blogging friends. She's just adorable isn't she?
    Again it's so nice to meet you and I hope you'll come back again for another visit. You never know what I'll be up to! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  19. Becky, you are such a joy to me and I would love to bring you along to Italy! I know you would love it. I am going over now to check out your daughter's blog. How fun! Have a great day!

    Love, Bonnie

  20. Beautiful, just beautiful Becky!.....I must say, your new banner is lovely, but I always smiled seeing your adorable little granddaughter. Such a peaceful little gal.


  21. Hi Becky,

    You are the JOY!. A lovely post today.
    Enjoy your week,

  22. And our first place to be a joy is at HOME! Good post Becky!

  23. Hi! Yay fall! I can see you sitting in a swing looking out at the lake, relaxing. Have a wonderful (joy-filled) week. I like that, be a joy. One of my friends signs her name, Joyfully yours......

  24. that's beautiful. i've been growing very weary lately in doing good. thanks for the encouragement.

    you actually turned me around again with this post. i'm serious, i'm not just saying that. back to doing good for me :)

  25. Beautiful picture and such sweet scripture! Thanks for sharing both with us!

  26. Hey Beck,
    Glad that your weekend was so special.
    Thanks for the call...always enjoy our visits.
    LOVE the photo!!!
    It draws me to a peaceful place.

    Christ's JOY always shines through you.
    Love and HUGS ~

  27. Becky, I'm gonna try to be more mindful of spreading that JOY around. Loved the scriptures you shared!

    Anxious to hear more about the huntin camp!!
    The photo is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Holykisses xoxo

  28. Joy is contagous too:-) and you never now who you may encourage with just a smile or hello.

    Love that lake, I could sit in a nice chair and read all day or wonder along its shores for hours.What a peaceful place.

  29. Aww, "be a joy" Well know that says it all! Short, sweet and POWERFUL!

    I love you Sweetie and be a joy!

  30. UMMMM! Just be a joy.... I think I can afford that.
    It doesn't cost us a penny.

    Good thought! :)


  31. I totally agree. JOY--just that simple. Share it.

    The joy of the Lord is our strength!



Thank you so much for taking the time to share some JOY!
You're a blessing to me!