Besides switching up my regular devotional time for some Advent meditations, I'm also taking a short break from my Gratitude List. Dawn over at By Sun & Candlelight recently mentioned a practice that she's begun for Advent - that of focusing a thankful heart on one moment of peace and one moment of joy that occur in her day. Upon reading her post I knew right away that I wanted to make that practice part of my Advent devotionals. So, in that spirit, here are my Moments of Peace & Joy over the last few days:
Moment of Peace: Walking into our dark bedroom before dawn, seeing the windows covered in patterns of dew and glimpsing a hint of daylight growing in the barnyard.
Moment of Joy: Finding an old Victoria magazine that I don't have in my collection, waiting for me on my favorite thrift shop's shelf and knowing that He was smiling over my delight.
Moment of Peace: Sitting outside in the yard, totally alone on the farm, harvesting pumpkin seeds from my Jack 'O Lanterns on a quiet, overcast afternoon.
Moment of Joy: Ben walking in the door from his volleyball game and handing me a big cup of banana-flavored cocoa that he bought me on the way home - on top of the lid he had written: "Thanks for cleaning my room."
Moment of Peace: Walking into our warm, bright, cozy home after being out on a cold, dark and rainy night.
Moment of Joy: When it started "snowing" in the theater at the end of my nephew's Christmas play!