Always be Joyful… Always!

We made it, folks!  We survived the Winter of 2013/2014.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much snow in our little neck of the woods.

A lot changed in my life over 2013. The cold and snow/rainy wetness this winter kept me from being out photographing (or doing much of anything for that fact) but these last few slow winter months have actually proven to be a great season in my life for hibernating with my little girl, recouping from some curve-balls life threw out and working on some much needed re-strengthening.  I think I needed this heavy winter for a break. I needed to just slow down, take my mind off of working and reevaluate my home, my business, and my future.

As I reflect on the last few months, I’m happy to report that my life is making some great strides toward some personal and business goals and more importantly… toward happiness overall.  And it feels… awesome.

I came across a bible verse this winter that has struck me and has helped get me through each and every day and I just can’t seem to forget it! I wanted to share it and explain what these 3 little words have meant to my heart lately in hopes that someone else will be inspired by it too..

In Paul’s letter to the church of Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians, he praises the church for having kept their faith through hard times, reminds them to always live righteously because Christ’s return will happen when we least expect it and at the end of the book he gives some final words of advice on how, specifically, to treat one another.

In between some pretty hefty and powerful suggestions like “..be patient with everyone” and “See that no one pays back evil for evil..” and “Never stop praying” is a simple piece of spiritual guidance that you normally wouldn’t think of as being as important as those big commands around it.  But in fact, Paul knew that this tidbit was certainly just as important is the others and in fact holds it in such high regard as to list it before saying “Never stop praying.”  I think that’s huge!

In Chapter 5, verse 16 Paul tells the church, simply, to “Always be Joyful.”  Always!  That means through thick and thin.  Through good days and bad days.  Through work that we don’t feel like doing and to people who may get on our nerves… or harder, to people who may hurt us.  No matter what, we are to Always be Joyful because this is God’s will for us.  As Christians, this is how we are commanded to live our lives.. Joyously, always.

This verse has tattooed itself onto my heart and has become somewhat of a life motto.  And perhaps a business motto too.  You might start seeing this little verse in places on my website… or a brand-refresh (hint!) coming later this year.. we’ll see :-)

On days that it’s pretty dang hard to feel joyful (I know you have those too…) It reminds me that God’s will for me is to be joyful.  Christ died for me.. the least I can do is be joyful for him.

My prayer is that God equips me and blesses my business with the strength to always be joyful and that the photographs I take and the service that my business provides will transfer that JOY to the hearts of my clients!

So to celebrate the end of a season that has helped me grow so much, personally and spiritually, I thought I’d close with some pictures of my Joyful Evie enjoying one of our many snows of the season.

So long, Winter!  And hurray for a JOYFUL Spring, yall!!

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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