In just a few days, we will mark the 3rd year that Andrew has been in Heaven. I wrote here that I’m choosing to be joyful this season. No sooner had I finished writing that post than my husband (oblivious to my article on “joy”) looked across the room at me and said, “I’m going to get the Nativity set down from the rafters and put it out this year.”
I replied, “I was thinking the same thing.”
We were both moved to “choose joy” this season.
Aside from “joy” I’ve also needed a bit of “happy” and I find I’m most in a happy state when I’ve got a creative project going whether that’s writing, preparing to speak or an artistic endeavor like painting.
For quite a while I’ve been wanting a lighter color that would open up my rooms and feel fresh. After perusing many color chips, I settled on this color – Behr’s “Nurture.”You can see it on my wall here. (I had not replaced the switch cover or cut in the corner yet.) It’s just what I was looking for – a blue with gray tone. There’s also just the slightest hint of green in a different light. While my husband was at work I painted most of the two rooms. He finished one wall and did the cutting in. I started at 9:30 a.m and before 10 p.m. the rooms were done!
It’s called “Planted” as while I painted it this verse immediately came to mind, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” Psalm 1:3 KJV
Here’s The Message version:
Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.
I’ve moved it a couple of times already.
The wall color does not show well in these pictures but I really like it.
This month, especially, I’ve needed to keep my mind busy and having a creative project keeps me in a better mood.
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Happiness is a state of being.
“Happy are the people who are in such a state; Happy are the people whose God is the LORD.” Psalm 144:15
I’m choosing JOY and finding HAPPY.