Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Joy in the Journey

I’m old enough to know that if you try to sprint 26 miles and are not in shape (or a Kenyan) you might just die. I’m also old enough to know that I always want to get to my destination in 5 minutes even though I know there is joy in the journey.

As much as I’d like to be like Jesus, I know there is a lot of chipping of the yucky stuff and lots of growing (ever notice they call them growing pains). I want to see what I’m gonna be like at the end, but I know, there is joy in the journey.

As much as I’d like to go from mediocre Spanish (at best) to completely fluent in like 2 minutes, I know that is not going to happen, I love learning, and in that journey there is joy. (Seriously, when I remember a word like pastel [cake] that I didn’t know yesterday – it brings me joy!)

As much as I’d like to drop some major poundage (TODAY), I know that even if I worked out for the next 24 hours straight and didn’t eat anything, I know I won’t get to my goal today. I want to have smaller clothes and feel better quickly, I didn’t eat an elephant to get where I am, so I know that it is good choices that get me there, and I know, there is joy in the journey.

I’m making a lot of good choices these days. Reading/Listening to the bible. Praying. Exercise. Good food choices. And in those good choices, I am feeling the joy in the journey, I feel better mind, body, and soul! When I make good choices, I hear God’s voice and feel His presence. I smile more.

I am making small, but meaningful choices everyday.

Everyday I CHOOSE to exercise, whether it’s strength training, my DVD, run, walk, something. I feel better. My stress is reduced. I have found that I actually feel better if I exercise more than once a day. I don’t have stress just once a day so even if it’s a quick walk for 15 minutes, I try to not be crazy, just make the choice to feel better. And typically when I take that extra walk or run, I hear the voice of God because the voices of the world vanish!

I learning ESPANOL! It’s so fun for me! I have always had the desire to learn it, but it seems so overwhelming plus it is intimidating to sound like an idiot! But I am getting over that! I never think that someone learning to speak English sound like an idiot, so why would anyone think that of me? Yesterday I downloaded some basic phrases and words to learn, and today, I got to speak them to someone  The word for cake = pastel I need to learn cupcakes. Today I downloaded 4 songs and printed out the words and I am going to listen to them and read them and maybe I can sing them to a little child in El Salvador! Who knows!

In the song Me Viniste a rescantar (Came to my Rescue) in the bridge it says:
Con mi fe te exaltaré,
Con mi amor te exaltaré,
Con mi ser te exaltaré

With my faith I will exalt you,
With my love I will exalt you,
With my to be I will exalt you


I’ve been reading and listening to the bible, focusing on my scripture verse of the week. Really listening to how that scripture speaks to my life! Also still doing the Names of God almost everyday (I don’t know how I forget, but sometimes I miss a day or two) but it’s been really cool to discover all that He is!

2 Chron 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.


Jada's Gigi said...

Good choices do equal joy in the is truly amazing...feeling better...spirit soul and body! Good for you!

Pat said...

You always teach me something. Whether its a recipe or to measure the steps of my journey. I love you for that.