Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Even when clouds come...

I made this little decoration to remind me to see joy in my everyday. There are a few "layers" to it that make it more meaningful. The first thing is that the piece of cardboard used as the base of this wallhanging was torn from the edge of a box that Wyndham's shot medication was shipped in. I really don't find joy in giving her a shot every night, but it is a part of life we can't avoid. In using a piece of that box, it helped show me that I can choose to see good- even in things that hurt.
The little clouds and umbrella represent to me the cloudy days that sometimes darken our lives- but we have the choice to "cover ourselves". My 'umbrella' is the Hope I hold in my head and heart of heaven and knowing God's in control of everything. Clouds included. =)
The butterflies sort of speak to the rebirth- the 'newness' of each day we are given. They also make me think of Teagan. She LOVED chasing butterflies and I also have friends that come to mind when I think of butterflies. They are fun and funny to me at the same time.
God never promised any of us a perfect, easy life. He did promise to give us comfort when needed and strength for the journey. I'll leave you with a couple of verses that are so meaningful. I hope they encourage you that even if hardship clouds your life right now, there is joy under, behind, or even in the midst of those clouds just waiting to pour down on you.
Psalm 126:5-6
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.


heidi said...

That decoration is so cheery! I love it. You took life and put a new spin on it. God is in control and He'll never give you more than you can handle. As long as you keep seeking His face you will have strength. Your testimony is a blessing to many.

Melanie said...

Your decoration is an awesome representation of joy in your life! Too cute:) Choosing joy has been a struggle for me in the past but I'm trying hard everyday to "choose" the right mood.

Chantelle said...

Beautiful sentiment. Thank you for encouraging and sharing with us.

*kim* said...

This is so nifty! I love that each part has a special meaning for you.

Jennifer said...

what a beautiful (and special) piece of artwork! you are so crafty and creative!

oh, hello friend. said...

jody, this is beautiful.

i firstly just love the design but the fact that there is so much meaning behind it is truly inspiring. each element you use has a meaning and is symbolic: thank you for the encouragement.

i sometimes feel so discouraged and forget my hope in Him.

a song i've really loved lately is "the stand" by hillsong united - if you haven't heard it yet :)

hope you and your family have a blessed weekend!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Well said...thank you for these beautiful words...I love the symbolism.