Wednesday, December 07, 2011


We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
-Mohandas Gandhi

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
-Mother Teresa

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.
-William Shakespeare

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
-C. S. Lewis

We were created in the image of God, or father. We are amazing, beautiful creations. We have the potential, among other very plentiful gifts from heaven that we receive, to feel greatest JOY. We are surrounded by so many witnesses of God's love for us. If we could just focus each day on at least one thing we are grateful for, and treat those things with the reverence and love they deserve, then we cannot help but have an over spilling amount of joy in our lives.

And when moments like this happen...

It's ok, because we have so many other things in our life that bring us joy, that make it possible for us trudge through our trials.

This Christmas may you remember your Savior, Jesus Christ. May your season be over-filled with Joy, that you may have joy to last you through 2012. I hope we can all be an example of JOY to those who cannot start their own spark. I love you all :0) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

1 comment:

Shana Kummer said...

What a beautiful post Mara! I am glad you are doing well and finding so much joy.