One Word April Update – JOY

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Lisa (of LisaNotes) has provided a place to share our experiences with our OLW (One Little Word)– to be accountable, to keep it front and centre in our lives. This is our fourth check-in:


My One Word April Up-date:

JOY is my OLW – a word that is needed greatly this year.

I did not do an update in March. It was a challenging month. I didn’t do much art and even reading didn’t help as much as it should have. I started with the Lenten exercises which I did enjoy, but thendid not finish them. I didn’t even turn to my gratitude journal or prayer log.

Although my hubby was finally out of hospital and was getting stronger, I developed shingles and the pain was something else. Six weeks later, it is still uncomfortable on my back.

But this past month, I got good news – my knee surgery has been scheduled for the end of May. I can see an end in sight (finally after over a year of waiting!) to the pain. I also found the warmer weather and the gardens and green grass have helped too.

And Easter arrived – how could I not be joyous, with the Easter message and time with family.

(I have not done exactly what Lisa asked of us, but here is a summary of some of the things I have done this month.)

What I am now doing:

I continue to keep my JOY canvas in a conspicuous spot so that I see it often each day.


I continue to list 3-5 things I am grateful for every day.

I continue to add to my JOY journal quotes, inspiring stories, and pictures that spark joy.

I am creating l JOY cards using my hubby’s old business cards and some art pieces I painted as backgrounds. They are fun to do.

JOY card 1 001 JOY card 3 001

I also started two new fun art projects, that are relaxing, easy and can be done anywhere, anytime. They are both found at iHanna’s blog:

Rainbow glue book                   En Masse glue book

I am continuing to study of Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee with a writing friend- a chapter or two a week, to study it in depth. So much interesting stories and ideas about how to find joy.

My favourite chapter has been “Transcendence”.  “Upward movements seem to correlate to joy:

Hot-air balloons



Even treehouses

I am also trying to find joy in small things – playing wordle every day and sharing results with my hubby (we have now added a Canadian version – Canuckle); reading; listening to music; face-time with family and friends; making apple crisp; looking at the growing flowers in the garden.

The newest joy, has been watching the building of a robin’s nest on our porch, on the top of the hanging ladder. This week we discovered 2 eggs. Such a gorgeous blue!

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Here are several new JOY quotes I found:

Grab JOY!

May JOY take root more and more.

JOY comes to us in the ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. Brene Brown



 I am trying every day, to feel that joy, to be filled with joy. Some days more than others it is a challenge.  I will keep trying – It is well worth the pursuit.

10 thoughts on “One Word April Update – JOY

  1. You are an inspiration to me Bev and in down moments I know I am encouraged my your ability to keep on with your eye on joy. I read somewhere joy is so important and when I read that I thought of your choice of word.

  2. You, dear one, have had A LOT on your plate!

    In my experience the WOTY community is brimming with loving, grace filled people. We each have to do life the best we can with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    As long as we are walking with God, the rest will take care of itself.


  3. It sounds like your April has seen much joy and certainly when compared to March. I am so happy to hear your knee surgery has finally been scheduled! Those art projects certainly sound like fun. I’m going to check them out too.

  4. I love your update, Bev. And you always do whatever you want with the updates; my ideas are only suggestions. 🙂 You have such a robust practice with your word! I love your joy canvas and glad you can keep it in a conspicuous spot. I keep my Release sign in my family room so I can see it often several times a day. Hope your shingles pain continues to improve. Glad you got your knee surgery scheduled for the end of May!

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