Here Comes December Joy!

Here comes December, a time of joy…

What do I do when I’m down to bring myself a little joy?

It takes so little to make me feel joyful…simple little things that can mean a lot to me, like sipping coffee or listening to my favorite music/songs, contemplating on nature, puttering in my tiny garden, composing an entry for my journal or blog, curling up with a book…

Sipping coffee brings a cupful of joy…

Just simply doing the things I love the most, having the food or drinks I enjoy, already makes me content…

But mostly, it’s thinking about joyous occasions like Christmas, or birthdays – mine and those of my loved ones and close friends, and being with them, that make me feel wonderfully happy. Looking ahead to out of town trips especially family visits to my sister in the convent, or simply lunch or dinner dates with family or friends, is enough to make my heart thrilled and filled…

Perhaps there’s still so much the child in me that when irritating things get me down, I just hie off to my fantasy world and daydream. Yes, at my age I still do a lot of imaginings and in a while, I’ll be back to my normally cheerful self.

However, when things do really become depressing, difficult, I turn to prayer to seek safe refuge with God, and gather strength from Him, which ultimately brings joy to me again…Or significantly, I may forget to give thanks for my day or task at hand, so I feel out of sorts. Then prayer is the answer.

Christmas Joy

Now that December is here, and the Christmas season is at hand, the real meaning of joy should not be lost on me and anyone else who profess to be Christians. For the real meaning of joy is in finding God in our everyday lives no matter how mundane. It is in rising to every occasion we can apply the Christian values we are called to practice every day. And for me, it is in communicating with God in prayer that I can find joy in each of my days…December helps me put JOY in deeper perspective as I prepare my heart, my soul, my life in meaningful celebration of my Christ Savior’s Holy Nativity.

 

 

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