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Offer Joy : 31 Days to Full, Five Minute Fridays #New

Its day 3 of October sunshine soaked and golden streaked and my ankles feel nice and cool wearing the last of my shorts.
Its day 3 in my challenge to write something I'm full of thanks for in the month of October, something I'm offering joy for.

On Friday's I'm still following the word prompts from Kate at heading home
This one is NEW...

New jeans and how I smile bigger even though no one knows
New car and how the smell lingers (i haven't smelled that in quite a while)
New baby eyes where sclera is still washed in white so fresh it's almost blue
New love and the way our hearts have sizzled
New house (even if it is quite old) and how i've filled it or planned to at least...
New seasons and how we find wonder all over again even though for years now we've went through the cycle

This month of me finding the joy in my life always requires me looking anew at something that has been facing me for a long time. Something that I pass by or take for granted that is old or somewhat of the past, but when looked at through new eyes I marvel at all over again.
Like finding that which was lost simply because it's wonder has now been lost on me.

Yesterday I did something I do a lot.  It's a quirk.  I like to sit in different spaces.  I know thats a strange admission.  I'm usually sitting on the floor indian style. Because I like that vantage point. Makes me feel like a student again.  I really prefer that.
Yesterday I had been trying to find some of the markers the girls had been drawing with and had somehow been lost in the cavernous space of our tiny living room.
I gave up and threw out the tops.
Four thirty rolled in and the babe was sleeping.  My other girls were finishing their math work and I spied a puddle of sunshine filling the small area right in front of my open front door.
I decided to go sit in it awhile  and let my back lean against the screened door and soak in the new October sun.
I enjoyed the quiet for two minutes and then I spied them.  This new way of sitting and looking and I had already spotted the missing markers.  They had been wedged in quite an unlikely place by some little kid hands.
I smiled and I thought instantly of the word perspective.  I had already surrendered their plastic tops to the garbage and considered them a lost cause but there they were peeking out of a tight space between a chest and the wall tucked their by what I'm sure was baby hands.
It was just a couple of markers, no big loss.  But the word perspective made me see things differently.
I wondered how much of my life would look different to me if I assumed a different seat and vantage point.
If I saw something old anew, transforming it once again in something to take joy in.
Today I'm offering joy for all the people in my life and experiences that have made me see my corner (literally yesterday) of the world fresh and new.

It made me think of the Gospel and how it is the greatest new perspective I'll ever see life with. Nothing else magnifies the good or redeems the old forever like the Gospel can...
Nothing else can empower us to forgive and then make us new for giving this new perspective to someone else.

Happy Friday


  1. Summer, I am so challenged by this post to go and read the gospels from a new perspective. Something like the Message or King James. I loved this idea of finding things that were easily spotted by my moving to a new spot.
    Stopping by from FMF.


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