The Twin Cities Rainbow Chaser

moving across the country…to discover what God has in store

Joy to the World

Yeah, it’s been a while.  My grades for the semester have been posted…all A’s except for blogging–F.  Yeah, so I didn’t actually get a grade for anything that I put on here.  But, if I did, it would not be good.

Anyways, Christmas has come and gone.  Like always, I felt like this little piece of my heart died when it was all over.  There is always so much hype and then, all of a sudden, it is gone.  After all of the hype that got started in August…December 25 passes and it is all over.  Like that perfect dream.

This has always bothered me.  It has always seemed like a tragedy that, after the clock strikes midnight, the magic is gone.  Decorations disappear to some dark corner of a garage or attic.  Bells are silenced until the next season.  And the joy that seems to be in the hearts of all humanity ceases to exist.  People return to be calloused and harsh with those around them.  Shopping once again becomes a tedious task interrupted by grouchy people.  There is no more occasion to make and send greeting cards.

NO–I won’t let it happy.  I will not let the joy of Christmas be sucked up like the pine needles that fall off of the tree when the vacuum cleaner emerges from its closet.  I have books to read and family to see.  There is still yummy food to be eaten and exercise to do (that’s required after all of the food).  My cat is still feeling friendly.  I have awesome presents to play with (not as awesome as a Barbie convertible, unfortunately).  And, most of all, that one great GIFT that gives this season its purpose is still there to be celebrated.  So, I refuse to stop singing “Joy to the world”…because no matter what month it is,

My Lord has come.

My Lord is here.

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Blessings

It is often easy to forget how incredibly blessed I truly am.  The chaos of (ah–I just got fingernail polish on my keyboard!) life is so incredibly distracting.  And, I tend to get bogged down in the messy details or complex big picture, forgetting to smell the daffodils and honeysuckle (I don’t really care for the smell of roses).  So, I am just going to take some time to stop and reflect on some of the ways that God has blessed me…just today.

  • I had a bagel for breakfast!
  • I got out of class early.
  • The nice guy was working at the registrar’s office.
  • I made it to my interview early.
  • I got the job.
  • My dad was excited that I got the job (my mom…ehhh).
  • I finished reading a chapter and writing up my notes.
  • I don’t have to do a group paper today.
Whoa!  I’m not even to noon yet!  And, after noon, my day got even better.  I got up with one of my best friends.  We got our the cartilage at the top of our ears pierced and had lunch together.  Then, we just roamed the mall for a while.  For dinner, I caught up with one of my cousins and her husband plus their two kids (who I haven’t seen since January).  That was just delightful.  I got to feed her 7 month old daughter…mac & cheese with veggies, yum!
Good grief.  God has blessed me beyond words.  I cannot say how wonderful today has been, even though there have been frustrating moments.  There was a moment when I wanted to break down and yell at the world.  But, when I look at all that I would have missed if I had been wallowing…man, I hate to think about that.  Even worse?  Thinking about all of the things that I have missed out on wallowing during my life.  That makes me want to live life to the fullest…and quite wallowing!  Just be blessed!
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