Soul Happy

IMG_4046Welcome!  Here I am today sitting at my new desk, in my new office, in our new house.  I now have internet service finally, and I have been thinking about you.  It has been a while since I have shared with you, and it is a joy to have a place to settle into.  A place to be.

Original heart message from my parents home.

There are many things we take for granted every day and when we don’t have them, something gets a bit lost in that process.  I am happy to say, I have found my “place” again.  As I sit here with a few things around me on my desk that have been waiting for months to appear there, I am very thankful for each item.  It fills my heart with joy to see them.  Is everything in its place?  Absolutely not!  In fact, it is just an ongoing joke.  I get a place all cleaned up, and a few minutes later, it is filled again, as a another box comes in and I have to put that away.  But I’m very happy to do that.  Each item that I unwrap has a memory.  I think of the person when I unwrap them, what they have meant in my life, what the item was used for, and I find joy in bringing them out once again to their rightful place; to tell their story.

As a few friends know, my office this time is to become a creation that looks like a norwegian cabin that you might be found in the
mountains.  I, of course, have to work within my means to do that, but I’m very excited for how it is coming along.  It represents my heritage, as well as, a life in simpler times.  I love that.  I have been collecting a few things here and there for the “cabin”, or in Norwegian, it is called Norges Hytta (nor-gay seat-ta). That is what I will be calling the cabin.  I will relax in that space, write in that space, create in that space, and enjoy surrounding myself with my love for everything that has to do with my heritage and family.  I will reveal it in the weeks to come!  I don’t have the mountains to look at through my window, but I sure have a beautiful green wooded area to enjoy!

Why is having an inviting atmosphere important to us?  Because we need that soft place to fall.  We need the quiet and serene around us.  It helps us to keep our lives in balance.  The other day on Patsy Clairmont’s page, she asked this question, “Why do you think God has to lead us to still waters?”  That made me think…it’s so true.  We don’t always seem to go there on our own.  Here is my comment:

IMG_4303“Our tendency is to allow ourselves to be kept busy by the evil one who doesn’t want us by the still waters so that we can hear the voice of God.  We don’t willingly go there in our own power; we allow other things to take over.  So God has to allow purposeful circumstances in our lives to get us there.  We have to allow the leading of the Holy Spirit to be led.”

So there you have it.  I am giving myself and my hubby the environment by which we can enjoy our surroundings, relax, and be drawn to the still waters of peace.  It is rather like when you go to the beach or a lake, and you can feel yourself relax when you see it in sight.  You breathe deep of the serenity of that scene.  You probably have a hard time leaving it.  I desire that feeling in my life, and my home is a reflection of that kind of soul happiness.

I hope you find that for your life, home and surroundings.  If not, I would encourage you to make some changes that allow you to be drawn to those “still waters of peace”.  That’s a song, you know.  Can’t you sing it?

Walking the journey with you…




4 thoughts on “Soul Happy

  1. Sounds like you are settling in well, JoAnn. Your home will be a beautiful refuge. I’m too easily distracted these days and taken out of that peaceful place. Gotta get back there, and soon!

    1. That so easily can happen, especially when we have some disappointments…several in a row. I know that feeling. We have ran into some not so pleasant things on our home we just bought and having to fix what should have been caught. It keeps coming. I just keep telling myself God can work out all the details. So I trust Him. Keep trusting and talking with God. It helps…disappointments and all.

  2. Yes! I needed to read your soul food to fill my heart with hope and anticipation that God is hearing me!

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