Piscis Volat

Hey, ho, nobody home
Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Yet will I be merry…

Nothing much has happened today. I did my schoolwork, tried to explain to Mom that I can’t handle my Math problem any longer, went to the Whole Grocer to price herbs, came home, ate lunch, and now I’m here. I feel called to explore Joy in Christ. Worldy things aren’t making me happy right now, and I know that in the long run, they never will. I don’t think that the verses that tell us to have joy even in affliction mean we should giggle and tell jokes and act happy…I get the impression that Biblical Joy (I’m capitolizing that on purpose) is a choice, a lot like love. I’m trying to learn to choose to take Joy in Christ when the world lets me down. …and, quite frankly, I am down.

7 Comments

  1. Krissy Said,

    October 24, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    =( Anything I can do to cheer you up? Like tell you a poem I made up a long time ago and have stuck in my head?
    “There was a small lady of Natter
    Who fell with a horrible splatter.
    She got juice in her eye,
    For she fell in a pie
    That lucky small lady of Natter!”
    I know that’s rather worldly, but with any luck it did make you smile…Sonja illustrated it too, I’ll show you next time I see you. =)
    By the way I like the title to this post. =)

  2. Sonja!! Said,

    October 24, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    You goose, Krissy. Just don’t give her the illuminated page, I’m still kinda proud of it. =D Well, Hannah, don’t we sound phillosophical today. I agree with you, though. Happiness really is a mindset. I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping in it, but it does take practice. And our culture is very negative- we are always focusing on the bad things. Its too bad, because there is always good stuff happening simultaneously, and you miss out on it if you embed yourself too far in your troubles. Hmm… I rambling now. =D Doesn’t that always seem to happen?? Hope you have a wonderful day, Hannah! I’m off to the caf to see if they have anything good for dinner. Ta!

  3. Krissy Said,

    October 24, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    Heh, Hannah – listen to Sonja, ’cause she’s a heck of a lot smarter than me. =P I agree with both of you, happiness is a mindset.

  4. Hannah Said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    …which isn’t exactly what I was saying, but you two made me laugh, so it’s okay. :P

  5. Aunt Joni Said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    Perhaps you are tryin to say that even when the Lord allows great sorrows and trials in our lives He still wants us to rejoice. Rejoice in the Lord is a little different than happiness and even a little different than joy.

  6. Hannah Said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    I don’t think that’s quite what I’m trying to say. I was at a spiritual conference at GPCS last week, and the some of the discussion questions were about the difference between happiness and joy in Jesus. The class made the point that happiness can come from any source, even bad things. If someone does something unkind to me I may want to punch them, and that might bring me happiness for a little while. But that can’t come from God. I think you’re right, rejoicing in the Lord is a little different from Joy in the Lord. I suppose there’s probably some sort of worldly joy as well, when our ideas of joy come from things on this earth. But my point is we can’t be happy even when things are tought…that’s just impossible. We can, however, choose to focus on God and have joy in Him.

  7. Hannah Said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 9:29 am

    I hope I’m making sense.

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