Some days it’s all about how you choose to see what’s happening –
as failure just a stepping stone to success,
as dreams unfulfilled are replaced by something surprisingly more fulfilling,
as prayers answered in upside-down ways that broaden and deepen your heart,
as things seemingly so very wrong are redeemed by a loving Father-God.
Choosing victim status makes no room for does not create an over-comer mentality! It makes no room for joy, for brokenness healed, for salvation living.
An over-comer state of mind chooses to keep focused on where you want to be instead of the messy, graceless, wanting, hurting, mismanaged, or disappointing awkwardness of a hard moment, day, week or year.
Choosing an over-comer mentality is choosing to find the blessing in the hard of the challenge, and, in finding the blessing, live joy.
Joy is always on the daily menu, served in just-right sized helpings – like a cardinal darting ahead of you on the road, a handful of fresh-picked blueberries, even dust dancing in the sunlight, a blanket wrapped around during a rumbling storm, or in the very confidence of whose we are remembered in a long walk.
Maybe joy is found in the wry smile in the familiar knowledge that when you call your cat, and she doesn’t show up for 20 minutes because in the hearing of the call, she slowly moves to stretch. . . stretch. . . stretching until she decides to come, not because you called her, but because it must have been her idea after all.
Maybe sometimes we make our own joy when we do for others – like baking a moon-pie cake, taking by garden cuttings in a mason jar, or checking up on a lonely someone.
Joy choices make no room for thoughts of lack. Joy choices create abundant overflow of good things!
~ thoughts from the waiting room as they figure out why my car died twice while driving on a busy road and highway.