A Bit of Cheer for You

SOME CHEER FOR YOU

 

Do you find some cheer in your day to day life? Sometimes it’s hard to be cheerful when you aren’t feeling well. That’s when it’s good to try to think about things that make you happy.

 

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Found these wild daisies right beside my driveway.

WHAT BRINGS CHEER?

 

Proverbs 17:22 says “a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” I really believe that is true. When I focus on things that make me sad and start to worry, it seems that all the cheer just flies out the window. When I begin to give thanks instead for the blessings I have each day, my spirit does start to become more cheerful.

 

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I thought this was pretty. If you look closely you can see the water droplets left over from the earlier rain.

 

When I see the sunshine coming in through the windows brightening up the room it brings me cheer. There is something happy about seeing the sun shining and warming the earth. I can also be cheered when it is raining heavily. I love to hear it beating on our metal roof and watch it pouring down quenching the dry parched land.

 

It’s also fun to do things to cheer other people. Sometimes to cheer myself I will take a walk outside around the yard and look for things through a lens snapping photos that bring me joy. Today I did just that and I’d like to share them with you maybe bringing you a little cheer, too.

 

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Our chickens love to congregate on, under and around this old red dump cart. The three on top look like they are ready to sing for an audience.
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The lamplight inside looks inviting, but so does the reflection of the outdoors. Sitting on my porch swing I get to enjoy both!

 

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22)

 

I’m linking up with #FiveMinuteFriday where the prompt is the word cheer. Also linking with #ThankfulThursday,  #LetUsGrow, #GiveMeGrace, #SmallWonder, #ThreeWordWednesday.

38 thoughts on “A Bit of Cheer for You

  1. Beautiful photos. I love listening to the rain and the smell of fresh rain. I love the sun and gods creation. I’m going to look more for those things that bring me cheer too. I’m in the 7 parking spot this week.

  2. Lovely post, and lovely pictures. I especially like daisies…always did, to the point where I named one of our dogs “Daisy”. (It was an odd fit…though a sweetheart, she looked rather like a cross between a German Shepherd and a striped Hyena.)

    Her buddy was called Tulip…he was a boy, but I liked the name, and dogs do NOT have gender-identity issues.

    And the tradition continues with PITunia JezeBULL. No prizes for guessing the breed.

    #1 at FMF this week

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/05/your-dying-spouse-160-voices-fmf.html

    1. Andrew, thanks for taking the time to read and comment here. I appreciate it very much. I love the names of your dogs! May God bless you and comfort you this day!

  3. Yes, we have to choose cheer. I woke up feeling tired and blah this morning, at 37.5 weeks pregnant having had contractions every day for the last week, so I had to be intentionally cheerful and find things that I could still enjoy during this pregnancy stage. COFFEE, CURRY and CHOCOLATE. All things my last breastfed baby couldn’t handle through the milk, so I sat down with all 3 for morning tea!

    1. Oh, Lizzy, I remember those last pregnancy weeks so well! Glad you could enjoy your coffee, curry and chocolate. 🙂 Maybe this baby will be able to handle it and you won’t have to give them up while breastfeeding. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend. Blessings to you!

  4. Great photos- it is important to be intentional about looking for things that bring us cheer and taking photos of them is a great way to do that.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Carly! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I need to be intentional every day to look for things to bring cheer and to give thanks for. I love walking and taking photos! Blessings to you and have a great weekend!

    1. That makes me happy, Michele. For now we may not be able to visit in person, but we can do it online! Blessings to you and have a wonderful weekend! xo

  5. A happy cheer with those chickens funding a happy spot to gather ?
    Lovely visiting you Gayl. I see you sorted out the menu buttons. Way to go ?
    Have a splendid weekend ahead.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Ifeoma! Glad you enjoyed the chickens. 🙂 Thanks also for your encouragement! Blessings to you and have a great weekend!

  6. Your thoughts are right along where I am today. Haven’t written my post yet but will try to do it by tomorrow. blessings !

  7. Oh, Gayl, I am so glad I clicked on your blog tonight. Your photos and words evoked a deep sense of home for me. I’ve been longing for peace in the country and your chickens, and the lamp, and the rain drops. Sister, that speaks to me too. I am so glad you found cheer in these gifts. Here’s one I found the other night too because it’s been raining for 6 days here https://www.instagram.com/p/BF5NHX5lCwn/?taken-by=creativefreecourage

    1. Christina, I’m so glad you found peace and cheer here. Thank you for visiting and for your encouragement! I checked out your picture. That is a great photo. I love it! Blessings to you! xo

  8. Gayl, thank you for this glimpse into some of the things that cheer your heart and bring you joy. I smiled my way through the beautiful images you shared, especially at the chickens! It’s so true that we get to decide our focus and that affects our mood for good or bad. A valuable lesson to help bring cheer when our souls tend more toward discouragement. Thank you for this sunny spot on the blogosphere! Have a blessed weekend. 🙂 x

    1. I’m so glad it made you smile, Joy. 🙂 Thank you for being here and for your encouragement! Those chickens can be so funny sometimes. Have a great weekend and many blessings to you! xo

  9. Blessings, Gayle!

    Your daisies do cheer my heart. We’ve got knock-out roses knocking us out in the front yard. Daisies would be lovely with them! I’m working on some of the photos I took of the roses. Hope to make a few memes with literary quotes.
    Joy!
    Kathy

    1. Thank you, Kathy! I’d love to see your roses, and I agree roses and daisies would look really nice together. 🙂 Have a great week! Blessings to you!

  10. Such a beautiful setting…I can almost hear those chicken sing perched upon that red cart. Thank you for this sweet bit of sunshine.

  11. I love your photos. Those alone make me happy. Our whole day can change when we out on an attitude of gratefulness and cheer. Blessings!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I’m glad the photos brought you cheer. 🙂 It really does make a difference when we are grateful. Blessings to you, friend! xo

  12. Gayl so many beautiful pictures and thoughts. I agree on so many of the things you said because they also bring me cheer. I walk through my neighborhood brings me joy and some days I’ll pass each house and pray for who lives there even the ones I don’t know.

    I love the sun too coming in each morning sitting here in Bible study or writing as it begins to peep and oh the rain has been here almost every day in May, but I am loving how the grass and flowers looks this year and know they need it to get thru this Texas summer.

    1. Debbie, what a great idea to pray for your neighbors as you walk! That is something I could do, and it would make the walk even more meaningful. Your morning Bible study and writing time sounds so peaceful.

      I was actually able to sit outside this morning for a little while to write and enjoy the sounds. It really was stress relieving and helped me to have a cheerful attitude starting the day.

      Thanks so much for visiting and for your encouraging comments! Have a great week! Blessings to you!

  13. Your photos always bring me cheer. We need to seek out those things in like that make us smile more. Have a blessed week.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Barbie. I’m glad to know I brought some cheer to you. 🙂 Yes, for seeking out things to make us smile! Blessings to you, dear Barbie! Have a great week!

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