A few years ago I did a post on a few of my favorite things. It’s time for another one. These are some of what I call my “joy blips.” Joy blips are little gifts from the Lord that bring happiness and pleasure to life.
1. Hearing my son practice the piano. Besides the classical pieces, he is learning some great hymn arrangements that lift my heart when I hear them. Discouraged a while back, I heard him down below playing a wonderful arrangement of Count Your Blessings. A good reminder.
2. Hearing Mom answer the phone. From the youngest age I can remember, Mom has always sounded so cheery when she picks up the phone. Her “Hello” has a pleasant lilt to it that is uniquely hers. If the lilt is missing, which is rare, I know she’s not feeling well or something is wrong.
3. Picking up on the aroma of coffee, anytime, anywhere. Non-coffee drinkers (poor things) don’t get just how lovely that scent is. A good cup of Colombian is one of God’s gifts to humans.
4. Emily’s trademark way of saying Mama. She doesn’t say “MOM-uh”, she says, “Mom-UH” with her voice raised on the end in this sort of happy expectancy. She sits in her car seat and sings out, “Mom-UH, Mom-UH” as we drive down the road. I answer by saying, “Babe-EE, Babe-EE…”and she giggles.
5. Tom’s email on a Friday morning. “Wanna go on a date tonight?” We don’t get to do it often, but when we do, I look forward to it all day. Couples can get so easily lost in the details of life that the specialness of their relationship can be neglected. Date nights, even if it’s just a stroll at the mall, are still exciting.
6. Seeing the white sails on Lake Michigan. I have to drive to the East side of the city each week to take Will to his piano lesson. It’s a half an hour drive, rewarded on sunny days with a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan as we reach the eastern part of Wisconsin Avenue where it curves around to Prospect. Yesterday the lake reflected the deep blue of the sky. White sails dotted the horizon that shimmered in the hazy autumn sun. Delicious view.
7. Videos of congregational singing. So many churches have abandoned congregational singing of hymns in favor of bands performing on stage. What a tragic loss to Christianity as the meat and depth and truth of our 2000-year-old-canon of hymns and our even older canon of Psalmody are abandoned for me-centered ditties and noise blasted to the “audience” with powerful sound systems. Thankfully, there are great videos online hymn lovers can enjoy. I want to share this video below from the Netherlands where they have a TV program called, “Netherlands Sing.” This rendition of Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty moved me to tears. How I would love to stand in a big congregation with other believers and sing these great hymns that speak of God, His attributes, His greatness and power.
8. My small black book entitled, The Shepherd Psalm, by F.B. Meyer. I needn’t say any more about it, except to say that after my Bible and hymnal, it is the most precious book I own. If you can ever get a used copy somewhere, get it. What a comfort it is. (If you get a used copy, make sure it is NOT edited for modern English. That would destroy the beauty of Meyer’s original writing which is so achingly lovely. It is the right language for the description of our Good Shepherd.)
Well, that’s a short list of my favorite things I appreciate in my life from the Lord’s hand. What gives you joy in your life? Share it with other readers!