Last week I asked what you might have in a box of joy, and told you I’d show you the inside of the little box of joy that I made for myself
This box just happens to be my travel watercolor kit. I searched and researched and am thrilled with my choices of supplies. In fact, this works so well that I seldom use my large watercolor palette or even my expensive Kolinsky brushes. Simply squeezing more water into the tip of a Sakura brush is faster and wastes less paint.
The purchased watercolor kit within my kit isn’t the most expensive, in fact it’s one of the least expensive on the market. The great thing is that the watercolors are standard half-pan size, so when I want to replace a color, I can buy just one of any number of brands. The whole kit is a tiny bit of perfection.
No matter what you do for work or for fun, you understand the joy of having the right tools for the job. No struggling to make do, no wishing you could have the top of the line because what you have is already the best for you, even if it’s not the most expensive or the most popular.
Every single time my eyes land on my little box of joy, I smile. For me, it’s perfect.
What things in your life are you perfectly happy with? This little box of joy reminds me that God perfectly and precisely fits me with the things I need to do his work, even if they don’t always seem like it to someone else (or me, when I’m in ungrateful mode.)
“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6
This is my tiny box of joy, perfection in miniature.
If you were to make your own tiny box of joy, what would you put in it? I’ll show you the inside of mine next week.
Think about what makes you happy, gives you pleasure and delight. If you could carry it around in a box, would you embellish that box to honor the contents?
Think about your own box of joy. What are you thankful for? Give it a special place of honor so that each time you see it, you remember to thank God for the gift of delight.
I hope this inspires some creativity! I’d love to hear from you if you’ve done something similar or if this causes you to start something new.
It’s a Sperm Whale Inner Ear Drum!
Yesterday we visited an old friend who has a gem rated seashell collection – over 8,000 pieces.
We held a worm tube from two miles down in the ocean, a sperm whale eardrum, and the most bizarre shrimp basket made of silica where a certain type of shrimp mate for life and live their entire lives stuck in the lacy basket, while their kids escape when they’re tiny, one “litter” after the other. Needless to say, the variety of the collection was amazing. All these things God made for the sheer joy of creation. Mountain ranges painted on the sides of shells that live on the floor of the ocean.
Why? For the fun of it.
Tell me again why people try to convince Christians that they don’t know what fun is? Hellooooo, with a Daddy as wild as ours? Who can know God? As His children, we actually can. What fun can top that?
“How countless are Your works, LORD!
In wisdom You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
Here is the sea, vast and wide,
teeming with creatures beyond number —
living things both large and small.
There the ships move about,
and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.”
Psalms 104:24-26 ( Holman Christian Standard)
We pulled up to a traffic light next to this artist, who was using his steering wheel as an easel.What struck me was the dedication. The painting was incredibly good, and the van was pretty grubby. (looks pretty good in the photo compared to reality)
This guy is obviously not getting rich with his talent, but he’s not letting that stop him. God created him to create, and he’s creating. That’s sticking with it.
Daughter using genius to come up with a way to enjoy campfire marshmallows in the cold and wet of Pre-Spring. (And yes, they taste like the real thing–go ahead, grab a candle and a fondue fork and try it!) Instant party!
Just gazing at this empty bowl fills me with joy,knowing that the clay to make the bowl and the complex mixtures of minerals that make up the glazes are all mined directly from God’s diverse earth. No two handmade bowls are ever the same, each is a unique creation, and yet directly linked to Him who made every ingredient of the recipes involved. Occasionally I actually put something in this bowl, but I always feel as if I’ve defiled its beauty, and long for the moment when the last treat is gone.