when life presents itself as ugly: don’t be deceived by wrapping paper

The only way to live in the joy of the Lord… is to believe that the Lord only gives life for joy.

That’s the real reality I realize, fight wild to cling to on a Friday when piano books are lost, (again!) and I think I may hyperventilate, when boys whip balls in the house and glass shatters, when brothers wrestle on a Saturday and the house erupts in pain howls and angry tears, when it seems just a matter of time until I have my mothering license revoked.

That’s the truth I whisper when I look in the mirror on a Monday morning.

That our Creator God passionately wraps each moment different but He’s actually the most predictable of gift givers.God gives only one kind of gift: All is for joy. 

I remember it again: In the midst of the ugly, there’s always a window through to the joy beauty. 

He offers a new week, promise full, hope shiny.

I stretch out my hand, ready.

Never be deceived by ugly wrapping paper.

When I believe that God gives every moment always for ultimate joy, every moment becomes a gift. And I can always unwrap any ugly to discover the beauty of joy.

I smile wide. And step out to embrace another multitude of blessings on a Monday.

more of the 1000 endless gifts... looking at the ugly beautiful… and unwrapping beauty.

#1448. sawdust across floors

#1449. greasy hands

#1450. repentant tears

#1451. dishes in the sink

#1452. persecution

#1453. duct tape on plantar warts

#1454. redeemed

#1455. matted down brown grass

#1456. lost and found muddied mitten

#1457. dirty towels dropped

#1458. sweaty body odour

#1459. sins forgiven

#1460. an old rugged cross

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Want to drink the joy elixir? Become a Joy Finder? Consider joining the Gratitude Community — just jump in with your own counting!

How to begin your own 1000 Gift List ::: How Gratitude Can Change your Life
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Private Journals:

Kristy at Prone to Wander
Katie at Hope Is Calling
Katie at Tranquil Chaos
Michelle at Our Little Monkeys
Nancy at Sage Parnassus
Amy at Overweights of Joy
Karen at Lyons Lady
Suzin at Desperately Seeking Suzin
Meagan at Stand and Consider
Deb at Raising Figureskaters

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Photos: Subiaco Abbey Farm
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