Sunday, October 16, 2011

Joy and Hope

Do you ever feel like your inner joy has decided to take the day off? I guess sometimes it happens to all of us. When I mentioned that to a friend last week, she gifted me with a book to encourage and inspire.

Page 14 is actually entitled Source of Joy.

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"
Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD,
You have filled my heart
with greater joy than when their grain and
new wine abound.
(PSALM 4:6-7)

I made the tag above using one of my favorite quotes from Emily Dickinson:

HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune --
without the words,
And never stops at all.

And this little stitching I finished last night reminds of the birds outside my window.

I haven't cross-stitched in a while so there are a few mistakes but that's okay.

My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as my successes and my talents and I lay them both at his feet. ~ Mahatma Ghandi

(India, September 2010)

Wishing you a joyful day, Tammy


Heather - The Good Life said...

I like your inspirational post today. I hope you have a great start to your week. Blessings to you and yours.

Sharon said...

A very special post today!

I like your cross stitch, very nice, as are the photos of the birds!

Yvonne said...

Oh yes, it happens to us all. I try to focus on the good and hence the 'law of attraction'. It is hard at times but I try to take pleasure in the little things of everyday life, like you seem to do here. WRiting on a blog or in a journal encouraging others helps too. Enjoy your day, whatever it may bring.

Tanna said...

Yes, ma'am... I know about the days when your inner joy seems to have taken a vacation...

Like the ebb and flow of the tide, life brings shifts and changes... I think the low tides make us appreciate the times when our souls are flowing with joy... If we knew nothing different, it would not be so precious.

Here's hoping your inner joy springs rich blessings soon...

Your bird crosstitch is w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l. and of course, that quote is dear to my heart also. ;) blessings and a big hug ~ tanna

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Tammy,

Oh, certainly we all know that feeling! Sometimes it happens without a warning, just poof and nowhere to be found. A good night sleep and letting things relax will make a huge difference.
Wishing you all the best and never give up. There will be always a better tomorrow.



Grateful4Crochet said...

Oh this is such a lovely post- thanks x

Unknown said...

Yes, I know exactly what you mean! I always find that talking to an understanding friend is the beginning of a turn around for me ... Your friend was so sweet to do more than just listen, but give you a special book of encouragement as well.

Diane said...

Your tag is beautiful Tammy, I love that quote, too. But the psalm is even more beautiful. And I love your pictures of the birds and your stitching. Lovely post today. Blessings and hope, Diane

June said...

Hi T,
That quote from Ghandi is spot on! I love it.

And speaking of loving...your stitching is always so lovely. I can think of nothing that calms me more than sitting with a needle in hand. I do some of my best thinking then. I'm sure it is the same for you.

You have a special friend there.

hugs from here...

Celestial Charms said...

Sweet inspiration for all of us, here today. Love the photo of you and your husband!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....Sometimes I do feel my inner joy takes a hike. (Like recently?)

Thanks for your insightful post. I needed it. Susan

GwendolynKay said...

Hello my litte chickadee. I am sorry to hear you felt a little joyless for a time. Yes, I think we all do once in a while. I hope you are feeling better now. Make sure to take time for yourself and do things you love. It looks like that book is a real blessing as is the friend that gave it to you. I love you and am always thinking of you. In fact I bought a pair of earrings just for you in Arkansas. Hugs!

Serena Lewis said...

Oh yes, it happens to us all, Tammy. It makes us truly appreciate the joyful moments.

A lovely tag you made (love the quote)....and what a very thoughtful gift from a friend.

I think you did a great job on your cross-stitch and yes, it does reflect the real-life birds you see outside your window. Beautiful!

A joyful day to you also,

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

erin's art and gardens said...

from the uplifting sound and look of this post...i know you are gonna be just fine!! as a "recovering perfectionist", i am lovin the ghandi quote very much, and will keep it in mind. thank you for that!

Libbie said...

Hi Tammy! You are so loved! What a sweet friend! I find I overuse that word when I blog because there really is just so much sweetness out there! :) Your cross stitch is really cute...I love the read on white. I am a redwork admirer myself :)

Somedays are diamonds, somedays are rocks. Hope the rest of your week brings litle bits of joy each day! Sending love!!!

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Tammy,

I know exactly what you mean. Your scripture and quotes are so nice. Do you have a laptop monitor smaller than 15 or 16 inches? I have a 16.5 inch laptop monitor that I test everything on since my desktop has a 22 inch monitor. Has this happened every time you've come to my blog? If not then it could be Blogger messing with us.

Have a wonderful week,
Stephanie ♥

Pearlin J said...

Love your post today.That quote by Emily Dickinson is also my fav.what a great idea to put it on a tag.The bird cross stitch is beautiful.Nice picture of your hubby and you

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

You have shared such a beautiful and inspirational post, thank you.
Love the new look to your blog and your sweet birds.

Sending hugs and hope you have a wonderful week

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you for this lovely post!
I have been under the weather lately and drowsy a lot which I am sure is due to a drastic temperature drop we have had lately!
Have a nice day!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I love your stitching of the birds. :) I don't see any mistakes, they are lovely. :)

Sending you sunshines, a cool breeze, and happy thoughts to cheer your heart. :)

Blessings always

Linda said...

All of this is a lovely reminder from the beautiful quotes to the photos of your always-lovely creations. :)

Hope you have a blessed new week.

Bloom-Branches Church said...

Hey Tammy, Like your new blog look! Sorry I added a character in my link to Bloom on my blog crochet life. Thanks so much for wanting to follow me here at Bloom! I'll stop in from time to time to say hello and see whats new with you :)

Becca said...

Love this post Tammy, thank you for sharing this!

no spring chicken said...

A very beautiful post...

Blessings, Debbie

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love this Tammy!

podso said...

I'd say you did a great job cross stitching those birds. And I know what you mean when you have those kind of days, How thoughtful of your friend to give you the book on Psalms, a place where there is much comfort.

I love your new blog look--so cheerful!

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