FIND JOY IN ORDINARY MOMENTS
Does your day start to fill up before it even begins? Do you get so busy that it’s hard to pause and take a breather? Or are you overwhelmed with information that tends to take your mind in many different directions? We are all busy with something, and it might be tempting to hurry through everything, hoping to find a break. What if instead of rushing through, we could slow down and give our full attention to whatever we are doing? What can we do along the path of life to find joy in ordinary moments?
Maybe instead of running from one thing to the next we could look for the beauty in the moment. Instead of pushing through while wishing for a long break, why not take short breaks throughout the day? Better yet, why not start your day with prayer, thanking God for a new day. Ask Him for wisdom to help you find joy in ordinary moments.
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God
—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—
and it will be given to him.
(James 1:5 CSB)
WAYS TO FIND JOY
Are you working at a desk? Take a few seconds to pause, take a deep breath, relax and notice something. Or, if your view is limited, think about something that brings you joy. Even that small moment of time can refresh you as you get back to your work.
Are you a busy mother looking after children? Stop for a moment. Lift your arms and take a deep breath, then let it out slowly. Thank God for the blessing of your children. If they are old enough, get them to breathe with you. Play I Spy and look for something that brings joy.
Are you suffering with a chronic physical or mental illness or overwhelmed by grief? Even in your pain it helps to look for joy in the smallest places. Try saying a short prayer as you breathe in and breathe out. Tell God about your pain and ask Him for comfort and peace. I have done this and He gave me peace even in the pain. Remember to thank Him and find joy in knowing that He loves you.
Are you running through life, hurrying to get everything done, thinking you can’t stop? Friend, that is a dangerous place to be. We may have obligations and people may depend on us, but we need to care for ourselves, too. Is there something of beauty you may have passed by in your rushing? It only takes a few minutes to stop, breathe deeply and notice your surroundings. Taking time to pause can work wonders. You might be surprised at how refreshed you feel after pausing to find joy in ordinary moments.
SLOW DOWN AND CAPTURE THE MOMENT
Here’s a poem I wrote in hopes to remind us to slow down and find the beauty.
Why are people running, racing on so fast through life to who knows what, never stopping to see beauty in a drop of rain? Why are people running, charging as fast as they can to get somewhere, never stopping to see beauty in a smiling face? Why are people running, moving faster through each day to reach some goal, never stopping to see beauty in a summer rose? Why are people running, hurrying through their lives? Why not stop this running? Slow your steps so you can pause to take a breath. Engage with heart and mind. Be present in the moment. Take time to watch the clouds. Feel the soft breeze on your skin, warmed by the sun. Rest along life's journey. Search for beauty on the way. ~gsw~
No matter what our path of life looks like, we can find joy in ordinary moments when the Lord is our companion. As we focus on Him through prayer and His Word, He gives us a joy that is not dependent on our circumstances – a deep down joy that nothing can take away.
You reveal the path of life to me;
in your presence is abundant joy;
at your right hand are eternal pleasures.
(Psalm 16:11 CSB)
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