I am in Austin with these two sweet fellows.  #1 a full fledged teen these days--- SO 13--silly--sweet--talkative--sensitive--such a junior higher er!  I love to talk to him and hear about his world--and in the midst of all his glee---I smile.

#2 has a birthday today--he is 11.  His daddy's son--looks and personality--he is the quiet one--pensive--shy--sweet--a LOT like a James--in many ways.  How could 11 years have gone by since his arrival.  I look at his sweet --still boyish face, and I smile.

Reminders of the joy in my life--there is so much joy in my life.  My sweet- sweet family--who are the light in my eyes.  The extended family who are unfailingly supportive and loving.  Friends that seem like family---friends who are just friends---propping me up--holding my hand--praying for me.  And through them all the joy of laughter as we love each other in this path we call life.  So MUCH more---so much more--that brings me joy.

My challenge and my prayer--to leave the sorrow and pain behind--to look for the joy--seek the joy of each and every day.  Look up and be joyful for ALL that has been done for me and given to me.  When that tear trickles down my cheek--to be thankful for the gift of tears.  When my heart is hurting--to be thankful for the gift of a heart.  When the darkness surrounds me--to be thankful for the light of tomorrow.  When sorrow fills today-to be thankful for sweet memories of the past and the hope of the future.

I am looking for the joy---it is all around me---now to pull back the curtain of pain and allow God to soak me in the shower of joy---Sweet--Sweet Joy!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
So that you may overflow in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Romans 15:13
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