Sorrow And Joy

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Can you  be grateful for everything that has happened in your life-not just for the good things but for all that has brought you to this day? Remember, it was the suffering of God’s Son that brought forth a family of people known as Christians.  My own suffering is what God used to bring me to where I am today.

Right in the middle of the tears, the dance of joy can be felt. Seen from below, from a human perspective, there is an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. but from above, in the eyes of God, sorrow and joy are never separated. Where there is pain, there is also healing.  Henri Nouwen

I found an old photo album that I had made my husband for his 4oth birthday.  I had asked people to write him notes or letters of how he affected their life. I peppered the letters with pictures of the writers and our family. Looking upon it made me smile and I was so grateful that I had the thoughtfulness of mind to do that when I did, for our mothers are no longer here with us. Their letters are especially special!

But looking at the album also brought a deep sense of gravity to all of the trials and tribulations we have been through. There have been so many, down- right, ongoing, hard times, with little release. I haven’t always handle them with grace. I have had an emotional break down and I have tried escaping. I understand what Nouwen is saying about our perceived distinction between good times and bad times.  And I can also bear witness to what was the apparent worst time of my life, bringing the exact change and healing that I needed.

We are all on this journey together. We can help each other become more grateful for life even with pain. God is hidden in the pain and suffering of the world, and we get to reach out in compassion and show our love to others…that is the point<3

 

 

More Irish Wishes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/may_the_road_rise_up_to_meet_you.html#ixzz4bbZfC5hl

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Wishing you a healthy and joyful weekend ❤ Take time to sing a happy song and dance a jig 🙂

The Little Things

Hello everyone! Hannah here. I hope your holiday week has been full of blessings!

Today I’m sitting in the cafe at IKEA, my favorite store ever.

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The past few days have been a little lonely for me, as my husband is away for a few days and most of my friends are occupied for the holidays.

My oldest friend, ever the solution-finder, suggested a whole list of things too do. One was taking myself out to the movies. I don’t know if I’m ready for that step in my relationship with myself quite yet, but I think taking myself out to IKEA is a step in the right direction. 😉

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(Especially if the food looks like this…)

These past few months the Lord has been impressing on my heart to enjoy the little things, to take comfort in the most mundanely beautiful parts of life. It’s actually quite easy to do, once you start. A cup of coffee, a wooded hill, some moss in between rocks on the ground, the chatter of people in a store, are all tiny gifts that make life rich with joy if we stop to recognize them.

This mindset goes along with that of holistic health. When you consider all parts of something (your body, life, etc.), and realize that what harms one part will harm the whole, but what nourishes one part nourishes the whole, you become a lot more mindful and healthy as a person. Finding joy in the little things creates a subtle mindset of contentment even when the big things go awry. That’s something I definitely need! And that’s why I love IKEA. There are lots of little things. And they’re cheap :).

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So find the little gifts in your life today, the little things God created for you to bring a smile to your face, for no logical reason at all. And don’t forget to stay posted this week as on Friday we open our online store!! We will be starting out with our customer favorites and growing as time goes by.

Thank you for visiting us today!