Thursday, June 28, 2012

grateful {for the bright side}

i really strive to keep on the sunny side, you know.

it's the only way to really live.
do you believe that?

believing that it's excellent to look on the bright side is great.
but knowing what the bright side is, and really seeing it? well, that's the key to everything wonderful.

where do we look?

i love
holding hands and sitting close to my husband under a crazy colorful quilt
the sound of my boy belly laughing over who even knows what
tortilla chips and salsa, with a bit of sour cream blended in
chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven
brand new rolls of washi tape
fixing up my coffee every morning and listening to it brew
the smell of cinnamon candles
freshly picked blueberries
new music from favorite artists

those things and more can really brighten up a day.
they help me smile and put happy in my heart.

but they don't have the power to keep me tuned-in to joy.

and what about when there aren't any tangible happy things?

when the darkness isn't lifting and even your friends and family are nowhere to be found.
when life feels lonely, filled with health concerns, lay-offs, broken dreams and just plain "bad luck".

where can we look then? is there joy? hope to be seen through a cracked and tear-streaked lens?

i read this yesterday in my favorite devotional:

sweet friends. that is the bright side that we can look upon! in every moment.

the lord is there, inexhaustible in strength and grace, that's perfectly measured out for our needs.

this is the legit bright side.
this is where we must look.
joy is abundant and hope never fails when we gaze at jesus and we rest there, in his tender care.

but he said to me,
“my grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
therefore i will boast all the more gladly
of my weaknesses, so that the power of christ
may rest upon me.
{2 corinthians 12:9}

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  1. thanks so much doll. i really needed this.

  2. This is great Hanny - thanks so much for being an example to all of your readers (me especially) of someone who is just continually connected with the Father - you really just GET IT.

  3. Your list makes me happy too. But the peace and joy that comes from knowing those words are true... Just ain't nothing like it. 💛💛.

  4. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this. I might have to look into getting that devotional. I loved what you shared from it...particularly the bit about the mother sitting by her sick child - yeah, that resonated with me. Thanks for linking up!

  5. beautiful, beautiful devotional. i needed to read these words today!

  6. I want to be a woman of God that gives THANKS in all circumstances.

    mama to 9. 12 and under.

  7. amen hannah.
    need this today. in this season.
    and probably everyday in every season.

  8. He is life abundant, that is FO Surwa! Love this.

  9. "He is a source of power I cannot exhaust" unbelievably thankful!

  10. I'm so glad I found your blog through No(dot dot)el blog. I love your outlook on ife and the amazing cerse and study you posted. yes His grace is sufficient. You lifted my spirits today. I was feeling a bit down. Just joined your amazing blog :)

  11. love this:) just found your blog today through danielle at take heart, and was so encouraged by this post. thank you for shining JOY through it all! much love, Katie