Joy Jars

JoyIt is a practice to find the joy in each and every day.  In the mundane of life, we tend to forget that there really is joy in each day even in the midst of hardship.

For this reason, we decided to keep Joy Jars for 2014.  January was our practice run.  The goal was to write something everyday that brought us joy…a kind thing we did for someone, something that we were thankful for, a Bible verse or other saying that resonated with us that day.  I say it was a practice run because I think more often than not, we all forgot.  But, at the end of the month, we had many joys in our jars to share with each other.

jarsOn the first of every month, we plan to empty our jar and read our Joys.  Then I am going to write them down on a notebook paper to keep track of each month and will start with an empty jar again.

Here is a sampling of our January Joys:

  • I was nice to the new kid at school
  • Spending time building with my dad
  • The hot tub on a cold winter night
  • A quiet weekend at home
  • Quote: Be who you are not who the world wants you to be.
  • Isaiah 26:3-4; You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.  Trust the Lord forever, for the Lord God is the everlasting rock.
  • Warm, bright sun on a cold winter dayjoy

 

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2 thoughts on “Joy Jars

  1. I am going to start doing this with my 5 year old. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, I think this is something very important to focus on and bring our hearts and minds back home. Thank you for the awesome idea!

    • You are so right! Life gets so busy and we tend to forget the good things that happen because we often focus on the negative. It is great that you are going to start early with your child. Have fun! It really is fun to see what things were written down over the course of the month!

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