Elusive Joy

Projects are much more enjoyable to me if I design them myself. This is the second hand embroidery project that I have tackled. But it is progressing very slowly. Almost as if it doesn’t want to be made.Joy

I often think of the word Joy. At times, I really struggle with it. Part of the reason I named the blog Joyful Wonder is because I need to be reminded to approach life with that mind set. Yes, I believe joy is a decision.

My latest embroidery design

Am I a victim of my circumstances and my emotions? Or can I choose to rise above? Can I choose joy? The dictionary defines it this way: “the emotion of great delight caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.” Well, that does seem to cover it. Is my life always exceptionally good or satisfying? Umm…no. Are my emotions always delightful. Nope. But, there is something exceptionally good and satisfying available to me at all times – my relationship with God. He is the one I need to turn to when joy evades me.

So, I am continuing to work on this project. I hope it will be pretty and encouraging. In the meantime, I am thinking on this verse: Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

6 thoughts on “Elusive Joy

  1. Hi Janine,
    Thank you for your wonderful insight and words of inspiration. I’m sure that your newest artwork will look just as beautiful as the first one did. I love your original artwork; and I can’t wait to see it when it is finished. Will you frame it or make a pillow out of it? Handmade things are always the best gifts, too. I always cherish things that have been handmade especially for me. God has blessed you with many wonderful talents, and I love seeing your work.

  2. Joy is definately a choose…!! My oldest brother is recovering from brain surgery and it’s been very discouraging for him. I’m going to write this saying out for his room so he can read it everyday and be encouraged to do his best and reach wellness once more. You have been a blessing to me just as your mom has. The design you created is beautiful…your talent shows through…!!

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