Okay, so at 12:30 ish am when you REALLY should be sleeping because you are not one of those people who can survive on 4 hours of sleep, and you’ve typed in umpteen (well maybe just 3 or 4) different combinations of your favorite blog name ideas and “Reaching Joy” is NOT TAKEN! And your 17 yo dd says, “I like it.” So you go with it… and in the morning you take a 2nd look at your new blog and say “hmmm” Because you are good at 2nd guessing yourself. Because you always 2nd guess, or 3rd or even 4th guess yourself. (Are people allowed to question themselves that much?)
BUT, here it is – for the next 3 years of this blog experiment, I have bought the domain name “Reaching Joy”. What other names did I try? “Breathing Grace” was by far my favorite one, but unfortunately there is already even a book by that title. (Looks like it might be good, but I have not read it or anything else by this author.) Space of Grace, Quest for Joy, I can’t even remember them all. More important, though, are the thoughts I was trying to convey. How do you encapsulate up a deep idea within a witty 2 or 3 word combo? Some people make it look so easy.
Thanks to my genes and who knows what else, I have been
cursed blessed to struggle with anxiety and depression pretty much since I can remember. Its kind of like having a black cloud follow you around, weighing on you like a blanket. One of the greatest helps to me has been Ann Voskamp’s blog “A Holy Experience” and especially her book “1000 Gifts”. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! She shares her heart in such an open way. While I’m still not disciplined at listing the things I’m thankful for every day, but when I do I notice a huge difference.
So, one of the reasons I created this blog is in hopes that I can be an encouragement to someone else who shares the same struggles. Someone else who battles daily to reach for joy. And ultimately, as I’m reaching for joy in this life, I know with each day I live, I will one day soon be Reaching Joy in eternity because of the One I have placed my trust in.
What about you? Have you ever struggled to find joy in your day? Feel free to comment with your thoughts on what helps you!