Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Floor, Movie and Potatoes

New floor!
My quest to live a life of thankfulness by purposefully Finding Joy within each day is coming along swimmingly. .....Which reminds me that I only got to swim ONE TIME this last summer!! Grr! Wow, see how easy it is to slip into the grumbles even when you are trying to be good?......But I am enjoying the process and learning to look around me with more appreciation and gratefulness for the life I get to walk out. 

Today my Joy Finds are super easy, they are staring me in the face, under my feet and in the aroma swirling through my home. There are 3 to share with you today. 

* Joy Under my feet I am so excited and happy to see a brand new laundry room floor, entirely installed in one day by my super Hubs yesterday! Isn't it pretty? Our old floor was a broken and ripped linoleum mess. It had been in bad shape for many years and then when Layla (our dog) arrived I used to put her in there for short "time outs". Did not know that a dog can eat a floor! This new stuff looks and feels like tile but it isn't and I love it! Thanks Babe.

* Joy staring me in the face is my Hubby's love for historic war movies. I do not enjoy them and I usually go into another room so I don't to hear the voices, explosions and see the gore. But today he has combined his love for subtitled foreign movies with his love for war movies and it is a German war movie that does not interfere with my thoughts while blogging etc. because I can't understand what they are shouting at each other. There haven't been a lot of explosions and I only accidentally looked up once to see a knife in someones head. 

* Joy in the aroma swirling around my home is from the potato soup in our crock-pot that I made for our dinner tonight. Experimenting again and hopefully it will be an edible success. We'll see. It sure does smell good!


This joy finding project has reminded me that God does not respond to a complaining voice. It is like He has ear-plugs on that filter the grumbles out. He only sees and hears us as our best selves. So when we come to Him with a grateful heart and praise for what we already have, He hears us and responds with more for which to be thankful. The whiney pity-party voice just does not translate into His language. He will not reward it. Remember telling your kids that you can't hear them when they whine? We ignored them until a nice 'inside voice' was used. Just good parenting. 

31 days of Finding JOY!
*** The potato soup was delish!!

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10 comments:

  1. Joy is indeed all around if we just stop for a moment and search--especially, with such a great Hubs!

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    1. I am blessed. Some days it takes more searching than others. Thanks for coming by!

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  2. About the movie in German and the blog tie-in. You are weird. But in a GOOD way.

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    1. Ok thanks, I will take that as a compliment! And welcome to RCL Middle Child!

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  3. Hearing about your dog chewing up your floor reminded me of our first dog. We put him in the bathroom of our mobile home when neither of us was home. (Hubby worked nights and worked days.) Our lovable mutt chewed the veneer off the door. He had to jump up to do it after a while.

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  4. My dear Susie,I do not believe God wears ear plugs. He hears all our cries.

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    1. I suppose that could sound a bit harsh. Let's say He hears them but He does not respond to whines and pity-party stuff. He won't reward our complaining. Like a good parent does not give in when their kid is being a brat, they wait for a better attitude sometimes before giving the child what he wants. A theory anyway. He really does see us in the best light. I am experiencing this theory now. All my months of feeling sorry for myself, it FELT like He was distant. He wasn't distant but He could not or would not reward my negativity. Now that I am learning to be thankful for the small things, I am feeling Him closer. And this is the better version of me, the one He designed and recognizes.
      Anyway, time for bed, thanks for commenting!

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  5. Potato Soup, mmmmm, love it. Your floor looks marvelous and I know you will thoroughly love doing your laundry now that the floor is so pretty! You won't want any dirty laundry piling up on the floor, so you will keep it clean all the time! I'm so happy for you (seriously). The war movies, etc., well, my hubby is home alone all day so he can watch whatever he wants all day long. And, well, he pretty much watches whatever he wants all evening too! That's when I read and write. I tune out the movies, sports, bad news, whatever...and try to tune into what my friends are saying out here in blogland... I gave up trying to watch "girl movies" a long time ago with 4 men in the house (now down to 3). That's ok. more time to see what you're up to! :)

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    1. Yah, the girl movies were never popular in my home of 3 guys and me. That's why it was so fun to gain a DIL!

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