Friday, June 3, 2011

Joy's Calling

{the Mary Engelbreit calendar that hangs in my kitchen}

Worry - Don't you steal our joy!
Fear - You can't have any either.
Debt - We'll fight you. Scram. Skedaddle!
Fatigue - Don't you trip us up.
Stress - You can't keep us down.
Hate - We'll never let you near!
Change - Don't think you scare us.
Loss - You're tougher, but not unbeatable.
Insecurity - We'll ignore your lying tongue.

Joy, we hear you. We hear
you in gentle whispers. We hear
you shouting from the roof tops!
You're in the eyes of those
We love; in their hugs and
their smiles and their stories.
You're in the sky and on
the breeze. Through each sunrise, sunset,
cloud, raindrop, flower, creature, breath and
season you reach out to us.

Joy abounds in each great accomplishment;
bursts forth from every small kindness.
Joy, we're listening, grasping. Please don't
ever, ever give up on us.


  1. Lovely list, Adrienne. Joy is there for us to choose it....:)

  2. Oh Adrienne, this one is so inspiring and exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  3. This was exactly what I needed to see this morning, & I too love Mary Engelbreit! =)

  4. I love Mary Engelbreit too! And, that image brought me great joy! I love the line, "Joy we hear you. We hear." I just love this whole post!!

  5. Joy please don't ever give up on us!! I love this. A wonderful read for kicking off the weekend.

  6. Yes, joy is laying around everywhere, just waiting for us to reach out and pick it up.
    I love this post.

  7. Lovely Adrienne! Have a great weekend!

  8. Joy is truly so much more available than we think. A lovely post.

  9. Joy, like love, will never leave us! :)

  10. Isn't it just amazing how joy is attainable and ready for us in any moment? I love your post. xox

  11. I adore the personification in the opening stanza. Can't block my joy, she's called and she's planning a visit.