One of my absolute FAVORITE sites/magazines posted this today...and I think it's a lovely little list of reminders. So, I am going to challenge myself to each and every item. Feel free to comment if you accept the challenge!
To spark your own love affair with life again, here are 50 simple ways to welcome joy back in: 1. Have monthly picnics in your favorite park. 2. Bake with the intention of sharing. 3. Swing on a swing set. 4. Write anonymous love letters to those in need with The World Needs More Love Letters. 5. Volunteer reading books to children at your local library. 6. Try a new DIY project like beautiful shebori dying. 7. Send postcards to those you love. 8. Take a Sunday drive with the intention of getting lost. 9. Join a community garden. 10. Trade cookbooks with friends to discover new cuisines. 11. End the day by naming 10 things you’re grateful for. 12. Compliment strangers for the sole reason of making someone else’s day. 13. Say ‘I love you’ and mean it. 14. Devote Saturdays to doing only what you really want. 15. Wear your favorite lipstick and heels to run errands. 16. Get a pedicure. 17. Subscribe to a new magazine. 18. Shop at your farmer’s market as a way to get to know your community. 19. Ride your bike to run errands. 20. Light candles at the breakfast table. 21. Give yourself permission to stay in bed longer than normal. 22. Take a social media fast for two days or more. 23. Sun-brew tea in a windowsill or on a porch. 24. Declutter your space. 25. Wear glitter and sequins often. 26. Search out the perfect lake and rope swing. 27. Make a pot of midday tea. 28. Hang your laundry to dry in the sun. 29. Decide your “someday” is today. 30. Make a running list of fun things to do for each season. 31. Give yourself reasons why you can and will. 32. Snuggle more. 33. Leave inexpensive flowers on someone’s doorstep. 34. Choose faith over fear. 35. Give $5 worth of gold coins to a child. 36. Unabashedly ask for what you want. 37. Each day, use a new word like some from this list. 38. Host a wine party. 39. Have a glass jar full of positive affirmations. 40. Learn how to preserve food. 41. Have s’mores inside around your fireplace. 42. Create a signature perfume for yourself. 43. Make a fort out of sheets just like you did as a child. 44. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect. 45. Take more baths. 46. Discover new music. 47. Return a favor. 48. Eat healthy foods that make your body scream YES. 49. Invest in yourself. 50. Love genuinely and love often.
when i am home with my husband.
when i am lost in a great story, be it book or movie, or even a song.
when i get compliments on something i've made.
when i am with my family.
when i am in the word, and it speaks right to my heart.
when i complete a new challenge, no matter how big or small.
when i am dressed like a lady, and treated as such.
when my home is clean and full of delicious smells.
when a guest feels comfortable, safe and loved in my home.
when my hands have prepared a meal for us.
when i see a beautiful bird or a lovely flower and can stop to appreciate them.
when i am able to bless a loved one...or even a total stranger.
on these things i will focus.
i will stop trying to FIND my happy, or even CHANGE it.
it's already in me. it is enough. i am enough.
I am so very glad that I got to see this last night.
My heart wouldn't be where it is today if I hadn't.
It made me laugh. It made me cry. It gave me goosebumps...more than once.
Mostly, though...it simply made me think.
I know that it is a fictional story, but it was written based on real events happening in our nations schools.
this truth breaks my heart.
I want to believe that if I am ever challenged as Josh is, I won't back down. I will share my faith in the Lord with as much conviction as he does. With so much passion, and determination and strength.
As deeply as the film touched me, it was what happened while the credits rolled and the theater emptied that has inspired me. Shaken me to my core.
We were on the very top row of an almost-sold-out showing and as we were gathering our things, I glanced past my friends and saw a girl, in her late teens, maybe early twenties, barefoot, on her knees and with her hands outstretched in prayer.
I'm not usually one to approach a stranger, especially when they are right smack in the middle of a very personal moment...but I was pulled to her.
I knelt beside her and without a word, put my arm around her shoulders. Startled, she opened her eyes and looked over at me. Without even asking who I was or what I was doing, she wrapped her own arm around my back and simply explained that she wanted to thank the Lord for His anointing on that film.For it's message and for it's truth.
We knelt like that for a few minutes while she prayed aloud to Jesus.
We said "amen" and gave eachother a gentle squeeze. I whispered for her to have a good night and stood to rejoin my friends (who were patiently waiting for me at the end of our row.)
I never got her name, but my soul got so much more.
Everyday of my life, I will aspire to live with her amazing, unabashed, simply beautiful love for my Lord and Savior.