- Rake the backyard in 70 degree weather so you don't have to do it three days from now when everything is cold and soggy.
- Find the sled that you bought four years ago, after the last snow.
- Ditto on the snow shovel.
- Make sure you have enough milk, bread, and chocolate because the stores will be empty for the next three days whether it snows or not.
- Check the "hourly" weather forecast so you know not only that it will snow but exactly what time you should look out the window to catch it.
- Stay glued to the news channels so that when school is canceled on Wednesday (because you know it will be), you'll be the first to know. Then cancel your plans that you had made for that first "inclement weather make-up day".
- Take bets with friends on whether or not school will let out early (or be closed) on Tuesday.
- Announce on Facebook that we are going to have SNOW so your friends up north will know they aren't the only ones getting to enjoy winter this year.
- Be prepared with an answer for all those friends up north who think we are silly to close school or get excited for 3-6 inches of snow.
- Charge your camera batteries so you can capture this one for the memory books!
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I've been on the lookout for images of "joy" to use here on my blog and also to help focus my thoughts as I zoom in on JOY as my one word this year. Do you know what I keep finding?
Pictures of happy, smiling people.
People jumping into the air (e.g. "jump for joy").
Images from Christmas.
I don't think that's exactly what I'm looking for.
Although a Bible search for "joy" brings up plenty of verses about celebrating, it has a lot to say about a different kind of joy, too.
The joy I'm looking for is deeper than a smile.
It's longer-lasting than a season of the year.
It's there even when you have no strength to leap, or even stand.
I'm after the joy that is rooted in a relationship with the Lord (Galatians 5:22) and is expressed in and through our relationships with others (1 Thessalonians 3:9).
I'm looking for the joy that the apostle James says is a byproduct of testing and trials (James 1:2).
I'm in search of the joy that motivated Jesus to go to the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
But my search engine doesn't bring up images like that. No tears. No agony. No crosses.
I'm excited to dig into this in 2014 and to share what I find here. Are you blogging about your One Word at all this year? I invite you back here on Wednesday when I'll have my first weekly link-up for "One Word Wednesday". Share what you are learning and see what others are focusing on as well!
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