Joy! Do You Have It?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Hello friends —

Today was an extra special day for me. I was finally able to meet a dear friend for lunch and celebrate my birthday. This is the first lunch we have been able to share since before the COVID pandemic started. My friend, Jan has been not merely a friend, she is also a source of spiritual support and encouragement to live into the life God created me to be. In fact, this blog is a direct result of her encouragement to pursue my dream of writing. She will not like what I am about say, “to me she is a saint”; at least according to:

Oxford Languages at Google

“a very virtuous, kind, or patient person.”

I once described my friend, Jan as the most humble individual I had ever met, and that remains true. Jan and I met back in 2013 at church, God through His miraculous ways brought us together at the time and season of our lives when we both were open to a new friendship and a shared faith in God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSVA)

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

During lunch today, Jan ask me a question I was not prepared to answer. “When did you last experience joy?” This past year and a half has been difficult for almost everyone around the world. I have experienced bursts of joy during the past year. I was able to take a mini vacation to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN in December 2020 and to Chattanooga, TN in June of this year. I experienced joy on these trips. These are examples of external joy; however, her question was one of internal joy. “A state of happiness” definition according to: http://www.merriam-webster.com/

True Joy Come From Within

I find joy in—

• spending time with friends

• in my job

• from my coworkers

• helping others

• sharing my time and talents

• helping others experience joy

• taking pictures of God’s creation

• spending time alone reading, writing, listening to music or watching TV.

• sleeping 💤 😴💤😁

After spending the afternoon thinking about joy I discovered an article that brought me some clarity and wish to share it with you.

🔹 J•O•Y 🔹

“But the ability to feel and show joy doesn’t come from the favorable circumstances of our human lives; it comes from God. We can’t lose joy any more than we can lose God. And we’re forever in the presence of God. He is all-powerful and totally good. Joy, as a spiritual quality, lasts forever. We always have it.

“Having joy includes feeling good cheer and a vibrant happiness. But joy, in its fuller, spiritual meaning of expressing God’s goodness, involves more. It is a deep-rooted, inspired happiness.”

“The Holy Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). The Bible says God gives us joy and peace. It tells us that real joy comes from God and is ours forever. The joy that is found in God’s presence isn’t static; it transforms and regenerates us.”

“Paul, a follower of Jesus Christ, wrote in a letter that joy is a “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22). Spirit is another name for God. Spiritual joy from God gives us a sense of the presence of good, showing His infinite power to govern the lives of men and women. As we learn more that God is All, that He is good, and that there is no power besides Him, spiritual joy will be ours more and more, bringing healing and happiness into our lives.”

“At the heart of joy is an unshakable awareness that we possess good from God. Joy is part of God’s kingdom. Harmony and painless being are spiritual qualities, and expressing joy brings these qualities into view in our lives.”

Full article click here: The Healing Power Of Joy

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Oxford Languages at Google

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/

The Healing Power Of Joy

Celebration & Gratitude

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Today is my birthday! 🥳🎉🎂

I am so very blessed with many friends and family that show me love and support not just for one day out of the year, but each day of my life! Today, I want to show some extra love for the two best things in my life.

🔹 God and my Mom 🔹

I am grateful for my Creator, my Lord and Savior for this life entrusted to me. Thankful for God’s relentless love and His abundant grace.

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”
— Psalm 139:13-16 (NRSVA) —

✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️🤍✝️

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
— Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSVA) —

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I am thankful for my mom, she taught me so many valuable life lessons. God truly blessed me with such a remarkable woman, that I get to call mom!

“A mother’s love is the first gift we know, one we never outgrow.” ~Unknown

“Ode to a capable wife” -Proverbs 31:10-31

These are the words I would use to describe my mother…

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her.”
— Proverbs 31:25-28 (NRSVA) —

It has been nine birthdays without my mom, I miss her everyday. Today, I heard the song posted below and it made me think of my mom and when I will see her again. It brought me much comfort and hope it does for you as well.

I have had a great day, friends and family sent birthday wishes in cards and text messages. I was privileged to have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants with four friends that love me like family and I adore them, the Olson’s and the Flinn’s.

Thank you friends for stopping by my blog today. I wish you good health and happiness! And, love…lots of love. 💗

“We love because he first loved us.”

— 1 John 4:19 —

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Who…

  gives me blue skies,

  and tells me no lies.

 

  gives me strength when I am weak,

  and wisdom to be meek.

 

  fills my darkness with light,

  on a cold winters’ night.

 

  makes me laugh,

  and leads me on my path.

 

Who…

  is this so true,

it is you, Mother, YOU!

Charlotte A. Robinson©️ Christmas 1985

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway

Thank you WordPress

Friday, July 23, 2021

I’m so blessed to be a part of this beautiful and supportive community!

Below are some of stats, I share these not to brag, no instead I’m posting to show appreciation for all the countries representing the individuals that have taken the time to view my blog. I am humbled by your generosity. I am so blessed by God to be able to write and share my life and experiences in hopes they help others.

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” – EVS

Hebrews 12:14

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” – EVS

Peace be with you my friends ! 💙🙏🏻🌻

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Thank You, WordPress – Friends – Family

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Hello friends and family —

I just wanted to say I’m thankful to be in the WordPress family and have the opportunity to interact with amazing writers, storytellers and photographers who share their talents. I’m am so very blessed. Thank you for showing me such love today, I have been absent for way to long. Each of you have made a difference in my life and I pray that God used me to return the favor.

Mid-day stats June 22nd, 2021

I want to tell you, YOU ARE LOVED!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤍🤍🤎💖❤️‍🔥💝

‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
— John 15:12 (NRSVA)

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Gone, Not Forgotten

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
— Ephesians 6:1-3 NRSVA —

Photo Credit: Me (Rock City, TN) June 2021

Every time I hear this song, my thoughts quickly give way to images, words and emotions I experienced with my mom. Most of us would agree that our mothers were the greatest, and I agree wholeheartedly. I fully trust in the power and promises of God and that he specifically gave me my mom as a gift. We had a great connection as most daughters do, she was always my biggest fan, my great supporter, and a source of great strength, endurance and a caring soul. Today, is a day of remembering for me and my family, it has been 9 years since God called my mom home. She is missed every single day, I am sad some days still, but mostly I’m just thankful I was blessed to call her my mom and my friend. A lot of my maturity came to fruition only after she had passed. I know it was because of her teaching, her love, her constant determination, powerful patience and lots of prayers that I have success in my life now. I do wish, dare hope, she is able to know these successes were possible because she set such a high moral standard for me to follow.

Me & Mom 1989

This is not a sad day but a day to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman, daughter, aunt, cousin, sister, wife, mother, friend and a beautiful child of God.

Memorial Day 2021

Take time to tell something just how special they are to you on this day. Be thankful for opportunities to share life, love and laughter.

I love and miss you, mom ❤️

Me & Mom 1965

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” — Exodus 29:12

“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” — Colossians 3:20

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

The Bargain Store

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Hello friends —

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Memorial Weekend! 🇺🇸 🎉❤️

I heard a song on the radio yesterday during my drive into work, it’s called “The Bargain Store” written and performed by Dolly Pardon. It touched my soul, I am so very thankful for all the blessings I have received from God. I have loved. I have lost. I have learned from both and healing has occurred through it all. Earlier this week, I ended up in a conversation with two friends discussing and solving the world’s problems, you know like most women do! We covered a wide range of topics, in a relatively short period of time. We talked about dating, hair color, should one color ones hair (?), dating sites and places we would like to live. HaHa!! The whole of the conversation came down to…be yourself, live your life and respect others. There’s a lot of crazy things going on in the world these days that I find difficult to understand or even rationalize; however, I don’t have to agree with someone in order to respect their choices. Being respectful does not preclude me from living my life on my terms with my beliefs and passions. My life does not need or require me to align myself with someone else’s choices.

“Daily, God opens my eyes, heart and ears to the beauty of the humanity and the devil vows for equal time showing the horrors of humanity.” ~ Me 😉

RESPECT: due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.

I recently responded to a newsletter question at work regarding the Question of the Month. “If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?” Here’s my response…

I came to that answer because I have been binge watching, “Midsomer Murders” a British crime drama television series, adapted by Anthony Horowitz from the novels in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series created by Caroline Graham.

With the increase of people getting vaccinated and with some of the COVID restrictions being lifted, I want to be around people. I would even like to entertain the idea of dating in some small way. I am not looking for anyone to complete me, I am complete. I would enjoy sharing life with someone, enjoy conversations with someone, someone to laugh and even cry with, listen to music with or watch movies. Whether or not any of these things happen, I will be ok, because I have God, friends and family. Call me old-fashion, but I still believe in love at first sight, I believe in the chance meeting and I believe all things are possible.

I hope you like this song “Bargain Store.”

Thankful, Grateful and Hopeful

I’m thankful for the past,

Thankful for everyone who loved me, supported me and forgave me.

I’m grateful for the present,

Grateful for life’s lessens, for love freely given, for second chances and forgiveness.

I’m hopeful for the future…whatever may come.

Hopeful that love will bloom again, seeking peace, mutual respect and unity with all people.

~ Charlotte Robinson ©️

05/29/2021 at 4:22am

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Sacred Things

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Hello friends—- I have missed you! I spend the afternoon in a favorite nature park of mine and it resulted in a peaceful reflection. Below is my newest poem along with a video of the beautiful surroundings. I wish you all happiness and good health. I so appreciate your support and ask for God’s blessing for you all! ~ Peace 🌻

Sacred Things

The sights and sounds of nature

God speaks in the sounds of birds singing

His spirit is felt in the cool breeze

His presence is all around

As the sun warms my skin

And the breeze is feels like a human embrace

The plant life is alive and flourishing

Blades of grass push through the earth, seeking the sun

Trees are budding, leaves are sprouting freely they protect and comfort

Nature speaks through all the seasons of life

Spring, summer, autumn and winter

Conception, birth, living and dying

God is never far away

God the Father,

God the Son,

God the Holy Spirit.

Who was…

Who is…

Who will always be.

The beginning and the end.

The great I AM!


— C. A. Robinson ©️

May 12th, 2021

Time: 1642

Place: Sodalis Nature Park

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

Spring, Memories

Friday, April 9th, 2021

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
— Psalm 118:24 (NRSVA) —

Photo Credit: Me
(Warren County, IN)
Photo Credit: Me
(Marion & Warren Counties, IN)

It was a beautiful day here in Indiana! The sky was a hue of baby blue with a northeasterly breeze, gently tossing the tree branches to and fro. The tree buds are sprouting their leaves as if welcoming a new day in God’s created world. As I was driving through the towns I saw the softball and baseball fields prepped for play, my mind was filled with echoing voices, chants and cheers of my youth. My drive took me through a few specific towns where I once played softball on their fields, many of which have been abandoned, although I could still recognize where they had once been and I smiled! As I was taking all of this in; my thoughts took me back to the people who had a huge impact in building my character, my moral compass and encouraged my abilities to play the beloved game of softball. When I played the game it felt like freedom, confidence, innocence and joy all wrapped up together. ⚾️🎁🥎

There are four distinct people who helped mold me into the person I am today. The first two are my parents. They have always been my biggest fans. My mom was relentless in her support of my love of the game of softball. She never missed a game that I played in, I would often play 3 or 4 nights a week, spanning across multiple counties. My dad, would play catch with me for hours, helping me improve my pitching and catching techniques. He was creative in finding ways to help me gain confidence and accuracy. When I was growing up, a market for training devices was not what it is now, no auto pitching/throwing devices…to aid me in accuracy of pitching. My dad placed a car tire on the side of our garage at an average height and strike zone. I would have a bucket of balls and try to pitching the ball through the opening of the tire, once I was out of balls I would retrieve them and do it all over again. When it came to batting, he would pitch a bucket of balls then after hitting them all, we retrieved them and repeated the process. My brother played baseball also for a few years and my parents did the same for him, my brother and I were truly blessed.

Patches for making the All-Stars Team 3 years in a row.

Photo Credit: My mom

The remaining two individuals were coaches, they encouraged me to play hard, to play fair and to always do my best. They both knew the game inside and out, they taught me more about life than anything else. I feel so thankful that God placed these two wonderful men in my life. As my life went on in different directions, I did lose contact with them but their memories are fresh in my mind. One of them I knew when I was barely a teenager and he recruited me to play on his team, which was primarily older teenagers. He was very inspirational to me because he his ability to coach and teach was boundless although he himself was confined to a wheelchair. I’ll admit, my ego grew because he was so complimentary of my skill level and my ability to play with others more my senior but he never gave out accolades that were undeserving. I was fortunate that my parents encouraged my love of the game, I started playing on an organized team at the age of five. I continued playing community organized softball well into my mid-thirties, three decades of doing something that set me free. The second coach also recruited me after seeing me play in a tournament, I was in high school and the team he coached was a women’s team, much older adults but my parents agreed to let me play. It was a great experience and I appreciated not being treated like a kid, more of an equal as far as playing the game. It felt like freedom to me. This coach and I had a unique friendship and we drifted apart when I went off to college and we both began pursued our dreams. A couple of years after college life brought us back together. We reconnected and started dating, he eventually proposed and it seemed to be almost perfect. We were such good friends, he had a heart of gold and we did love each other but I was scared, and loving someone is not the same as being “in love.” I was young still in my mid-twenties and I was not ready to be a wife and everything that comes with that role. We wished each other well and continued our own personal pursuits in life. I heard that he had married and that made my heart happy. Years later while visiting with my parents I thought I would look him up, I was very saddened to learn he had passed away. He made a huge impact on my life, he had a great smile and a warm laugh.

“A joyful heart is a good medicine.”
— Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) —

Images: Google

Pure joy, are there things in your life that elicit such overwhelming emotions? As I mentioned above, when I think about when played softball or even practiced the game, I experience a sensation of freedom, confidence, innocence and joy. I have other memories that touch upon these emotions but not all of them at the same time. Softball, as wonderful as I have described it ranks only third on my list of “best things” ever. Number one is my relationship with God, all the blessings I have received in my life and most importantly, my salvation. Number two, my mom, she has been an inspiration to me from an early age, though I did not fully appreciate or full grasp the magnitude of her influence until she had passed in 2012. I carry her in my heart every day.

Photo Credit: My mom
Me and Mom

I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my blog today. ~ Peace to you today and always ~

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://biblehub.com/esv/proverbs/

Lent 04•04•2021: Show Me The Way

Easter Sunday, April 4th, 2021

🌷🌿🌱🌼🌺🌼🌸🌿🌱🌼🌺🌻🌸🌿🌱🌷

Hallelujah ~ Amen ~ Christ Is Risen

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Dear friends and family—

What an incredible Lenten journey this has been for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed the writings of Henri Nouwen and I’ve learned some new things along the way. Show Me The Way, is more than a title to a really good devotional book but is indeed a prayer for every day. Each and every day I need guidance, let’s face it life is challenging to say the least. One of the most valuable lessons I learned through this season of Lent is that “But mortification — literally, “making death” — is what life is all about, a slow discovery of the mortality of all that is created so that we can appreciate its beauty without clinging to it as if it were a lasting possession.” (1).

The scriptures indeed were written many years ago, much still remains for us to glean. “The Easter story brings the awareness that God is present even when his presence is not directly noticed. Easter season is a time of Hope. There is still fear, there still is a painful awareness of sinfulness, but there also is light bearing through. Something new is happening, something that goes beyond the changing moods of our life. We can be joyful or sad, optimistic or pessimistic, tranquil or angry, but the solid stream of God’s presence moves deeper than the small waves of our minds and hearts. Easter brings the GOOD NEWS, that although things seem to get worse in the world, the Evil One has already been overcome.”(2).

‘Jesus says, “I have told you all this so that you may find peace in me. In the world you will have hardship, but be courageous: I have conquered the world.” — John 16:33 NJB

“As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples…’” — Mark 16:5-7 NIV

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” — John 11:25 NIV

Photo Credit: Me (Hendricks County, IN) 09/21/2014

Thank you so much for being a part of my Lenten journey. Your support and encouragement has warmed my heart. Thank you for the beautiful comments as well. May God bless you and keep you —

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Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practice for today:

~ Presence ~ Easter Sunday

Reach out to someone in your church or neighborhood who could use a call or visit. This might include an elderly church member, a stay at home parent, someone who has recently lost their job, or someone grieving.

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REFLECT ~

🔹 What Lenten M•I•C•R•O Practices have been meaningful for you?

🔹 How can you incorporate them into your daily life now that Lent is over?

🔹 How have you been changed by engaging with these practices over the last six and a half weeks?

🌟 Prayer

Almighty , everlasting God,

on this day

you conquered death through your son

and opened for us the path to eternal life.

And so we celebrate in joy

the feast of his resurrection.

Make us new through your Spirit,

so that we too may rise

and walk in the light of life.

We ask this through Jesus Christ.

— Amen

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing 

(1) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 136, paragraph 2.

(2) Show Me The Way — Henri J.M.Nouwen • 1992 The Crossroad Publishing • Page 139, paragraph 5.

https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/debbie-mcdaniel/a-prayer-for-resurrection-day-and-25-scriptures-to-remind-us-he-has-risen.html

https://biblehub.com/

https://www.biblegateway.com/

(NIV) New International Version Bible/Translation 

(NRSVA) New Revised Standard Version Apocrypha 

(NJBV) New Jerusalem Bible Version/Translation