This Week’s Theme: Rejoice

I smile at familiar faces, the vegetable lady, the egg lady.  I walk out of the market with bags full.  I walk home, breathing the unusually fresh air, crisp and chill, thankful for fuzzy warm long johns.  I pass the noodle shack, savoring the spicy smell.

I step inside my home, all cozy in the glow of Christmas decor.

And then… the jack-hammer construction starts up outside my door, rattling my brain.  Suddenly everyone is shouting at each other, no one can hear.

It goes on like this… for five hours.

There’s always something ready to steal joy.

There’s always reason to complain, to throw up the hands, let the heart swirl down.

Yes?

And yet I wonder… I wonder if this Christmas season, if you and me, our sisterhood here, if we could band together and say “This Christmas we will find every reason to rejoice.

That we would say, “Yes, there are jack-hammers and family far away and holiday fun we are missing out on, but I will NOT let these steal my joy.  I will keep my eyes and hands open wide, ready to see, to receive all the reasons to rejoice.”

Can we do that here together?  The posts this week, they will help you fight your joy-thieves.

Then I am SO excited to share at The Grove with you the story and music of one of my favorite musicians ever.  She’s going to be giving away some of her gorgeous music, so you don’t want to miss it!  It’s the kind of art that touches deep places, and leaves you…rejoicing.

What have been your joy-thieves lately?  What has you rejoicing?

Bring your link-ups to The Grove beginning Thursday 6pm EST.

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4 Comments

  1. Kelly December 7, 2014

    This morning my joy-thief was a baby girl up at 5:20… Just 10 minutes before my alarm was set to go off for my “alone time”. So I set her up with toys ran to the messy kitchen and sipped on my DIY Peppermint Mocha from my holly mug brought from home. Jesus met me in my stolen. Solitude, with just the right words, “behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst”! He is here even when I’m cranky! Will be posting my peppermint mocha recipe on the blog today!

  2. Elizabeth December 8, 2014

    Yesssssssssssssssss. There is always something. But I’m with you, let’s REJOICE together this Christmas season.

  3. Lydia December 8, 2014

    Last week the things that were stealing my joy were two painful physical conditions happening at the same time, feeling weird from antibiotics, PMS (followed by bad menstrual cramps), and a bad cold. On top of all that I found that my kitchen, living room and bedroom were all moldy. I had started the week exhausted and none of these things helped me at all. At least… I thought these were the things stealing my joy. Turns out, I wasn’t really looking to Jesus for my joy at all. I wasn’t finding my rest in Him. Instead of taking care of myself both physically and spiritually, I was feeling sorry for myself. Here’s to a better week – and finding my joy in God-places instead of in how good I feel or whether I can keep the walls from getting moldy!

  4. Jilida December 12, 2014

    Taking a Cue From Mary

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