I'm so glad to share another piece of our Boho Chic Bedroom Makeover! It has been such a journey to create a gorgeous setting that is aesthetically appealing, almost free or very cheap (no need to use the euphemism of "budget friendly" here because there is really no big budget for decorating in our house) decor, and, of course, one that is meaningful and reflective of our journey and personalities. That's a tall order. Every piece, so far, has met all of these requirements. Tonight, I want to share our JOY.
JOY is an expression I have become very fond of as an adult. If you are unfamiliar to joy, you might equate it to happiness, but there is a distinction. Joy can be felt when you aren't happy and when you have been dealt a circumstance that doesn't seem fair.
I have seen a lot of posts on Facebook and blogs that indicate life in the blogger's world or the Pinterest world is an unfair standard. I would say to you, if you feel like others' strengths make you feel weak, there's probably an unadvertised area of your life where you are a rock star, but you just aren't blogging about it. Steven Furtick calls this comparing our movie to someone else's highlight reel. We have to be careful not to assign blame to people in the blog world for what we perceive our shortcomings to be.
Having said that, I just want to be totally transparent in saying that my life is no cakewalk. There are details I choose not to spill here. It's not the right arena. I have a BAS in Communication. I know how inaccurately messages get translated in the form of text words. There is a big chunk of non-verbal cues missing that help portray the accurate meaning of what we intend to say.
I have known my husband my entire adult life. We are blessed to have each other and two wonderful children. The almost 15 years we've known each other, we've been to the valley of depression and hurt and betrayal on many occasions. Much of this valley has been dealt by circumstances over which we had no control. Life happens. But we CHOOSE JOY! I am not happy about certain circumstances, but I refuse to let them steal my joy. Joy, as I define it, is counting your blessings even in the hard seasons. It's allowing a moment of fun to take a break from the burden of heavy problems. It's seeing the VALUE in helping others from experiencing our current hard places.
I love the idea of hanging up this sign up on the opposite side of the room as our LOVE sign as a reminder that joy is something we choose when hard circumstances choose us. James, the brother of Jesus, said it this way,
So if your life is not perfect, my friend, we are in good company. Let's choose JOY together even when life is pelting us with hurt. Take me up on this invitation to take your eyes off your lack, and let me point you to the Father who says perseverance will finish its work and we will be NOT LACKING ANYTHING. That is an amazing promise, and I believe it's true. It's hope that covers every area that causes us concern.
This is the reason I love my job- creating things for the home to remind us of our worth, our hope, and our joy. Yet, we don't put our hope in having prettier things, but rather they are a reflection of our Creator filling our aesthetic desires and spiritual needs.
Do you have any home decor that points you to hope? I'd love to hear about it.
Keep up, Honey!
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