Hello BEAUTIES [or handsomes if you’re reading], welcome back + thank you as always for reading. Today I am super excited to talk about something that has been particularily on my heart this last week… choosing joy.
Something I have grown more + more aware of is figuring out how to choose JOY amidst all the chaos of life. It is a CHOICE + it can be a true battle to maintain. Lately I have been realizing more + more just how important it is to make a conscious decision to do things for myself that encourage + foster JOY in all it’s glory.
“The JOY of the Lord is my Strength” Nehemiah 8:10
God is most satisfied when WE are joyful. And in turn, the strength we need to combat life is found in the essential joy of God. WOW… So truly + completely then the JOY of the Lord is our strength, + when we are Joyful, HE is satisfied. It is in our very best interest to be JOYFUL despite the chaos. We are called to choose joy in the hard + confusing seasons.
A specific, tangible example of CHOOSING JOY in my current life could be demonstrated in my choices just this very week! I have been going through a particularly difficult season [aren’t we all!] + have found myself just leaning into Jesus asking Him to just give me a child like joy unlike ever before. Earlier this week, I had a dream I went to Disneyland for the first time. I have been living in California + yet NEVER been to Disneyland- this feels like blasphemy!
I was driving up highway 5 from Orange County the day after this dream when SUDDENLY the exit sign said “Disney Way”. I let out a small gasp as I realized there could be NO possible way this is where Disneyland is…after all I had NO idea where it was! I decided to get off to see if my imagination could take me to a magical place… + sure enough I found myself on Disney Way + in the HEART of Disneyland! Whatttttttttt was happeninggggggggg!
I very seriously considered going into the park even ALONE, but when my 2 besties could not make it, I decided to make the best of my time there. I walked [errr it was more like I skipped] around downtown Disney, went into stores + even bought myself some Minnie ears [that just so happened to go with my red + the white outfit… go figure!]! JOY was all around me, + I was soaking in EVERY moment. On the drive back, I sang karaoke with my Minnie ears to Disney classic theme songs. I WAS IN HEAVEN!
As I pressed into the brief spouts of child-like joy I was feeling that Sunday, I realized this needed to happen FAR more. Alas, in a decision to choose joy, this past Wednesday I went with some of my besties to Disneyland for the FIRST time. We watched frozen, pranced around like princesses + laughed like no other. I decided just once a year was not enough… so I bought a pass + can now go back whenever I please! Talk about an actual dream of mine LITERALLY coming true within 4 days!
All of this is to say that I love that Jesus wants us to have child-like joy. As a child, the things of this world have not nearly come to haunt them yet. They bounce back much more quickly from incidents or hurts + find joy in even the smallest of things. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. Doubts + concerns are not yet a part of their daily life, they simply are satisfied with what is right in front of them.
Going before God with child like joy + wonder is to invite + expect awe-inspiring greatness.
As we grow older it is harder + harder to fight for joy. There is SO much going against us each + every day. Our eyes become more + more opened to the ferocity of this world + the brokenness of humanity. But what would it look like to fight for joy amidst all the pain + chaos + hurt + confusion? What would it look like to come before God even amidst the storms expecting awe-inspiring GREATNESS?
I’ve decided that I am going to Disneyland every 2 weeks for a while. It will be my child-like joy dose of “medicine” in this season. My daily medicine in between visits is listening to “Let it Go”, from the Frozen soundtrack to re-train my mind that indeed child-like joy is SO accessible to me, I need only tap into it. Thankfully, my friends are veryyyyy supportive of these decisions + we have already made our next Disneyland plans in two weeks time!!! [message me if you want to join us!]
Lastly, but very not least, I have a FUN little announcement to share. The photos in this post have the MOST beautiful blooms. They are so bright + colorful that they just give me JOY looking at them. Well, I have some amazing news for YOU! These flowers are from an amazing service called the Bouqs Co…. a flower delivery service that has the mission of building “meaningful relationships with like-minded farmers + florists while empowering them to thrive, + eliminate unnecessary waste along the way.”
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Because I am such a proponent of choosing JOY, today you will get 20% off your next Bouqs bouquet using code XOKAIT ….AHH! I just love waking up in the morning, going to make my coffee + seeing a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Don’t they just put a smile on your face? Don’t you just find joy in their beauty?
Well loves, that is it for me today, I hope you enjoyed this lovely blog post as much as I did writing it. I look forward to hearing how YOU are going about choosing JOY each + every day [+ maybe even treating yourself with a beautiful flower bouquet!]
Thank you to the Bouqs Co. for making this post possible!