A Sudden, Startling Joy

Something wonderful has happened.

Something my family and I have been praying and praying and praying for has become a reality.

Girls, my family and I have been through stress. The burden laid upon our shoulders has been heavy. My husband has been working day and night, trying his very best to stay positive and keep the faith.

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.  ~David S. Muzzey

Yesterday...that burden was lifted.

I have had this post-it note stuck on my bookshelf in my studio since last January...

Every time I would go there to work I would see it. Some days it annoyed me more than anything. On those dark, dark days I would think...Do I have enough Faith??

Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.  ~Ramona C. Carroll

When those moments of doubt would creep in I would fold my arms and pray. Pray to my Father in Heaven and thank Him for all we DO have.

Here is another post-it note from my studio....

Yes, girls it is MY FAITH that has gotten me through this. OUR FAITH....my sweet husband and I's.

Dave & I on our farm Father's Day-2012

We still have a ways to go before we can shout from the rooftops..."We're FREE!!" 
BUT things are soooo much brighter.

Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.  ~Madeleine L'Engle

I experienced a sudden, startling joy yesterday. I am so grateful.


  1. Wonderful!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

  2. That's wonderful! So glad life is taking a happy turn for your lovely family.

  3. Great to know things are on the up...your down story sounds similar to mine...things will go right for us one day...just like it has yours...thanks for your sweet words on my blog too...xxx

  4. Praising God with you today, Leslie!

  5. Leslie, I'm so happy for you to have the experience of joy that you have had. I wonder sometimes when we go through such hard times, if little rewards along the way are those bursts of joy that we feel, and keep feeling as we step out of the dark toward the light, where our burdens are lessened and everything seems brighter. I've got to hope for that anyway! I think I will borrow your faith quotes, as I sure need constant reminders along my darkened path...to keep the faith until the journey is a little brighter. Sure do love ya girl!!

  6. So happy to read this today, my dear. Once again, faith brings us through the darkest hours. Hugs.


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