Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Photo Journal ~ What Brings YOU Joy

This post is in response to Bonnie Gray's Faith Barista Jam on the topic of "What Brings YOU Joy?"

JOY ~ intense, ecstatic, or exultant happiness or pleasure. The Biblical Greek term from Paul's spiritual 'orchard' in Galatians is chara: joy, cheer, gladness, or celebration. Joy runs deeper than mere 'pleasure', is more enduring than mere 'fun', and is more intense and thrilling than mere 'happiness'. Especially in a spiritual context, joy runs deep into the core of us, and radiates throughout (see Spirit

For me, joy is…

…Walking down a stony path as fall leaves rustle and whirl with each hum of the wind.

…Watching your child place two crumpled one dollar bills in the offering plate as she whispers, “Mom, I want to give Jesus everything I have.”

…Experiencing the undeniable presence of the God of all comfort when the nurse fumbles over the words, “Your baby might not make it.”

…The sparkle behind my baby-girl’s eyes as she runs down the aisle, shakes the pastor’s hand, and says, “My bathing suit’s ready; I want to be baptized today!”

…Flipping on the bathroom light only to discover a Barbie marathon wrapped around the outskirts of my bathtub.


…Meeting a fellow Georgia girl who also lives in Reno; who prefers Coke over Pepsi, who delivers sweet tea and okra on my birthday, and who enjoys making crazy faces at the supper table.

…Snapping a picture of a puzzled potty training two-year-old with a kitten. Isn't it hard enough sittin' on that baby potty without the cat? 

…Returning to the Drive Thru Wedding Window where my husband and I got married. Total wedding expenses: $25.00.

…Serving with godly women at conferences, homeless shelters, Bible studies, and wherever God leads.

…Driving three hours to meet author/speaker Lysa Terkeurst. And yes, the driving was joyful for two stay at home mamas.

...Girlfriends you can call anytime for anything.

                   …Matching Easter dresses.

...Being in ministry with awesome women.

…Wiggly teeth, children singing, slow-moving moments, sleep-overs, movie nights, true love smiles, back rubs, giggles to go around, three year old phrases…

Thank you God for all the sweet blessings you have given me. Thank you for all the godly women I have met while serving you. Thank you for reviving my heart when I was simply going through the motions. You are an awesome God!



  1. I enjoyed this...sweet blessings, indeed!

  2. Loved your photo's. Enjoy your blessings!

  3. What a sweet journal! I LOVE the potty training picture -- LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! That is a keeper! I have a 2-year-old and can relate ;)

    So happy to 'meet' you today ... I'm your newest follower :)


  4. How precious! Thank you for sharing this beautiful glimpse of who you are - so happy to have met you through the blog world, and I LOVE all the great pics! (Sweet tea and okra??? Too cute :)
    Be blessed today!

  5. Love the "Joy" in your life... you are one my many joy's, a precious treasure from the Lord! Love you!

  6. Your post made me smile. You are definitely one of my "joys". Love the pics!

  7. Love this post and your blog! I enjoyed the pics of your beautiful family. I'm visiting from the Faith Barista Jam. Blessings!

  8. What an amazing list Kelli!! My heart just swells when I see someone reveling in God's Presence in their lives! Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. Great post! I love the Barbie marathon :)

  10. Sweet! I especially love that you got to meet Lysa T. I just finished her book, Made to Crave. Loved it. Need to re-read. Thanks for sharing your joy with us for Faith Barista JWMTh.

  11. Kelli! I enjoyed your photos SO much! Thank you for that adorable one of your girl sitting on the throne with her cat! ;p I have to potty train my 2 year old this month. Yikes. LOL. Such angels the one with the three of them in Easter dresses barefoot. What a blessed mommy! Beautiful family. Thanks for sharing.