Skip to main content

Blogging Buffet: J is for Joy

The theme of my A to Z Challenge posts this year is "Blogging Buffet." In celebration of recently posting my 1000th blog post, I am revisiting posts from the past.  This post originally published on Saturday, May 3, 2014.


I've been thinking lately about service and joy.  As some of you know, I am in a position of leadership in my church stake (group of several congregations) women's organization.  We have been busy planning an upcoming women's conference.  Our theme is "Joy."  We're focusing not on the emotion, but rather on the doctrine, which has led me to deeper scripture study, pondering, and prayer.  We will be using the scripture in Romans 5:11:  ". . . we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement."

Joy comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and this week I've thought a bit about his life.  I can't imagine him rushing through his day, trying to tackle a long to-do list.  If the Savior of the entire world could manage to devote attention to individuals, then perhaps I can quiet my mind of its "I need to"s and turn my attention toward helping others.  So, I prayed that I might be able to recognize opportunities for service.  As you know, "ask and ye shall receive!"

I'm thankful.

1. On several days this week, I got to provide transportation for a young woman as she filmed different women from our church.  She's making a video for our conference.  I listened as these women answered the question, "What brings you joy?"  Whether the answer was in English or Spanish, the words were heartfelt.  I can't wait to see how the finished project turns out; I imagine that it will be a great introduction to our conference.

2.  I was able to support a good cause and not gain any weight doing it. About a week ago, a local costume shop caught fire.  This was no ordinary costume shop, but an institution in the community--a local mom and pop type shop.  "Daisy's" had provided costumes for many theatrical performances and living art shows, as well as Halloween costumes.  The community has rallied around the owners.  Last week, a cupcake shop donated 100% of its sales to Daisy's.  Tempted though I was, I bought some cupcakes, then dropped them off at a friend's house.  I figured it would be a nice surprise for her and her family, I helped the cupcake shop make a bigger donation, and Daisy's will have more capital to open up again.

3.   It's May, and you know what they say about April showers and May flowers!  I'm in the process of making up little flower buckets for the women from church whom I visit monthly.  I was hoping to get all of the buckets delivered on May Day, but I'm going to be a bit late on some.  I am thankful, though, that I had supplies on hand to throw together a little bucket of cheer.


4.  I had a great opportunity to sit with a group of developmentally disabled women for an afternoon while their caregiver took a break.  What a highlight of my week!  These women were friendly and welcoming.  We watched movies, colored in coloring books, ate snacks, and visited.  One woman was particularly chatty, and our repeated conversations reminded me of conversations with my grandma.  Actually, the inflection of her voice reminded me of my deceased grandma, and her repeated conversations reminded me of my living grandma, so it was easy to enjoy my time with her.  At one point, she stopped to ask me, "Am I talking your ears off?"  I put my hands on either side of my head, and said, "No, they are still attached."  She thought that was funny, and we laughed together. 

5.  A woman from church called and asked if I would help her plant a garden.  She is under the impression I am some sort of expert; I really just subscribe to the "try, try again" method.  I'll pray hard that her tomatoes do well!  Anyway, I enjoyed working with her and getting to know her better.

6.  I had a chance to play the organ in the temple last night.  I frequently play in our local church building, but I don't often play in the temple.  I was a bit nervous about getting the stops set correctly, and was very thankful that someone had provided a written cheat-sheet for the organists.  Spelled out clearly was a list of stops that work well together to produce a pleasing, reverent sound--both for prelude and for congregational singing.  That paper calmed my nerves, and I was able to just concentrate on the music.

7.  Several congregations share our church building, and we take turns doing building cleaning.  May is our ward's month, so we had a chance to spend an hour this morning vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning.  I'm thankful for another opportunity to do service.

8.  I'm thankful for my family, who are my favorite people to serve, and who also understand the joy that comes from service.   

9.  I'm thankful that somehow we managed to keep on top of the daily brushing and vacuuming routine that returned with the homecoming of Drexel, the amazing fur-producing dog.  (He's worth it!)

10.  Sometimes shoes get worn out in service.  (OK, this is a bit of a stretch, but I'm trying to keep with the theme here.)  I'm unlike the stereotypical woman in that I don't really have a shoe "thing".  When I find a pair I like, I tend to literally wear them out.  I'm thankful for inserts, which allow me to extend the life of my favorite shoes!

Photo:  Two very worn out shoe inserts between a pair of red shoes. Yes, I know I waited WAY too long to replace the inserts! My feet are really thankful today, though.

 photo visiting2_zps6d4521f3.jpg 

 photo ThankfulThought4_zps7d9599c2.jpg 
I'm thankful for the many reminders this week that ". . .when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17)  What a joyful week!


 photo signature3_zps16be6bca.jpg


Pin It

Comments

  1. Is it possible that I have been reading you long enough to have recalled this??? I remember #4 especially.... The ears was so cute!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. may you always have joy in your life

    ReplyDelete
  3. So cool that you got to play the organ at the Temple!
    The insole of my oldest pair of TOMS looks much like the one of yours!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I just love number two. That was such a nice thing for you to do!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, you don't know how much self-discipline that took! :-)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: So Long, October!

Although the number of good moments in October outnumbered the sad, I'm still thankful it is now November!

November brings:
1. a time change. I'm thankful that mornings will be lighter earlier.
2. John's birthday. I'm thankful for him, and love thinking of ways to make his day special.
3. Drexel's birthday. He will be 7 years old this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for him; he's a good dog. 
4. Thanksgiving. I'm thankful we have a designated day to remember to be thankful.
5. Oldest granddaughter's birthday. She will also be 7 this month. Time passes so quickly! I'm thankful for her; she's a sweet girl.

Other things I'm thankful for this week:
6. Books. I read Educated  and started It's All Relative. Educated is thought-provoking on many levels. I'm looking forward to finishing It's All Relative; I started it in the Baker City Public Library while waiting for our van to be repaired. My copy from Amazon should arrive late…

Ten Things of Thankful: Nearly Christmas Edition

This is a busy time of year, and though it isn't as busy for me as it has been in past years, my to-do list still seems longer than the hours in the days. However, I find that when I spend time to focus on the reason for the season, I can feel the joy of Christmas and the tasks-at-hand fall back into their proper place. This week I had the opportunity to attend some wonderful events, and I'd love to take you along for a virtual tour:

Let's start at the Conference Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, last Friday night. The Tabernacle Choir joined with the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square, along with dancers and guest artists Kelli O'Hara and Richard Thomas, to present a spectacular Christmas concert. Although I couldn't record any of the performance, the following 2-minute video from the church provides an overview:




The last time John and I had attended a Christmas concert by the Tabernacle Choir, they were still holding those conc…