Light up your world

The last several weeks have weighed heavily on us and many dear friends as we waited for the outcome of a tenuous matter. Our concerns came to a fruition yesterday, wrought with all kinds of emotions. Some voiced relief, angst, confusion, doubts, frustration, and even anger. Does that describe a similar situation for you?

We moped around our house yesterday trying to escape the topic at hand. Everyone handles challenging situations differently. As for me, I prefer to be alone to ponder things. I get no comfort from hashing and rehashing things. Even a warm pot of ham and beans for dinner wasn’t lifting the mood in our house, however.

We have been preparing for some guests over the past few weeks, and kept ourselves busy most of the day. By early evening we had run out of things to do and we were making excuses to run errands. It was a valiant effort to break the silence.

Do you find yourself in a rut sometimes? Sometimes the answer is right in front of you.

We headed off for an errand. As I waited in the car at a store, the most obvious thing was staring back at me. Christmas lights. At this time of year, they are seemingly everywhere. In the same way that the emotions had crept up on me, so had the Christmas lights.

‘Let’s take a drive to see the lights.’ It was such a random comment. Our children are grown and we have gotten away from some family traditions that were once an annual tradition. In just a few minutes the world seemed a lot brighter, both internally and externally. We cranked up some traditional music, and off we went.

What other time of the year can you think of when people give of their own time and money just to bring a little joy to strangers?

We cheered and clapped for the neighborhood that had synchronized lights and music. We oohed and ahhed for the shimmering lights hanging from the rooftops. Yes, we even spied on one resident working hard to wrap gifts in their brightly lit dining room. Some streets were so beautiful that we came back for a second glance.

As if with a collective sigh, the evening tour was over. Life seemed a little lighter, joy had returned.

Sometimes we need to change our scenery to see our circumstances in the correct lighting.

Whatever your faith is, my prayer is that you find joy in the simplest things around you. They are there. I promise.

Discover the joy in everyday things.

Discover the joy in everyday things.

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24 thoughts on “Light up your world

  1. wisdomfromafather December 10, 2012 at 10:12 am Reply

    Just remember, Christmas is the season of hope!


  2. The Orchestra Director's Wife December 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Thank you! This is just what I needed to hear today!


  3. Taking a Computer Break « December 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm Reply

    […] me to my WordPress Reader which shows all of the new posts from WordPress Blogs that I follow. The first post that I read was by Overwhelmed by Joy. It confirmed exactly what my intent is. If I might quote a line from her […]


  4. woiak December 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm Reply

    “Sometimes we need to change our scenery to see our circumstances in the correct lighting.”
    That is so true.


  5. widemargin December 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm Reply

    That’s a wonderful post. We can’t change a situation by moping about it, but sometimes it is too hard to rise above it on our own. That’s when we need to shift our focus, usually with other people’s help. I’m so glad those lights helped you.


    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm Reply

      That is so well said. One of the best ways to move forward is to take others’ help, whatever the situation.


  6. therunningtherapist December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Beautifully written. Love the idea of changing our scenery to see things in the correct lighting. So true! Glad it helped!


  7. Sebastian December 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Wonderful post! I simply love “Sometimes we need to change our scenery to see our circumstances in the correct lighting.” May I use it?


    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm Reply

      Absolutely. It was a phrase that just came to me, I didn’t get it from anyone else. Thank you for stopping by!


      • Sebastian December 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        You’re welcome! Thanks for your permission, I would like to tweet that thought! I invite you to follow me on Twitter @faith1stmin. Blessings!


  8. sagescenery December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I love that phrase, too!! In my world, all the scenery is God’s scenery and Jesus is always the correct Light! Great post!!! Merry Christmas!! Praying for your situation to be illuminated!


    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 13, 2012 at 9:29 am Reply

      Thank you! Things are looking brighter every day. God is good! Merry Christmas to you as well!


  9. evilnymphstuff December 12, 2012 at 5:50 am Reply

    An inspiring post with words that flow wisely and easily 🙂 Great!


  10. tpdrenoske December 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing your emotions and feelings. There is so much apathy in our world today! What’s the old saying? “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”


    • Overwhelmed By Joy December 18, 2012 at 10:46 am Reply

      Thank you. I think most of us see the importance of compassion and caring in a whole new light after the events of Dec. 14th.


  11. Rad change December 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. i enjoyed your post as well and appreciated the reminder to find joy in everyday things!


  12. Melissmor January 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm Reply



  13. seedlingsofhope January 7, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    Thanks for liking my post, I enjoyed this piece reminding us of the beauty we can find when living PRESENTly.


  14. gracereigns August 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Hey there, Overwhelmed by Joy! Here’s a “classic” quotation from this post that I *love*:

    “Sometimes we need to change our scenery to see our circumstances in the correct lighting.”

    Now that’s a “life” lesson! (And it’s one that I’m often having to re-learn!) Thank you for writing it — and for showing transparency during even the tough times. (Last time I checked, there are *noo* promises from God that say, “Everything will be always-always ‘peachy’!” Not! May He surround you with His care, delight you with Himself, and remind you daily of His goodness in your life!


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