Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday 2/21/10 - "JOYFUL HEART"


It is Saturday night and my heart is full of joy. The weather here in Southwest Florida has been very cold for this part of the country for weeks. It was my daughter's sponsor and my friend's wedding day with a scheduled 10 am ceremony on the beach. Every morning for the past week it has been bitter cold all day including at 10 am. Daughter and I had warm outfits picked out for the ceremony. We ended up changing those outfits in the morning.

This morning I stepped outside and the chill was gone from the air - just vanished over night. The sun and warmth had returned to the area for the wedding. Later the bride told me she had no "Plan B" for it being too cold. It was a delightful morning and an even lovelier afternoon. Both the bride and groom were Alcoholics Anonymous friends with a special bond to the recovery community. I knew many of the guests from AA.

Daughter, husband and I all attended the wedding. Hubby played the violin and it was beautiful as always. He had a job later today so he wasn't able to attend the reception. It was held outdoors at the 'country' home of an AA friend of the bride and groom. There was a very large tent so we were able to be out of the direct sun and enjoy the glorious breezes. There was a catered barbecue meal, music, dancing, lots of wonderful conversation. I sat with my daughter and a mutual friend. It was a wedding I will remember for a long time.

My heart is also joyful because I feel a lot of hope for my daughter. In my heart I feel things are about to change in a very positive way for her. She is still without a job, has been frustrated and discouraged, has had nearly no responses to all her resumes sent out, but I still believe something will come her way and soon. Her four month sobriety date will be in a few days. She is lonely. Her friends are in Tampa. Last week she made a new AA friend by giving a girl a ride home after a meeting. Today she made another friend who is also sponsored by her sponsor. It warmed a mother's heart to see her daughter happy and having fun with a new friend. They went out together tonight. :)

Daughter wrote a poem the other day. She has wanted to write poems for a long time, but has never been able to. When I came home from volunteering at the hospital on Monday she had written one. I loved it. It brought tears to my eyes. I am happy.

Today has been a lovely day. I'm staying in today. Amen.

Prayer Girl
(Photo credit: Joyful Heart by

During Lent please continue to pray for Karen's daughter. Here is the link to her prayer blog. Thank you. PG


♥ Boomer ♥ said...

A wonderful and happy post. Congratulations! I am clapping here in Texas! ♥

Syd said...

Glad that things are going well. Best of luck to your daughter.

Brian Miller said...

sounds like you had a wonderful day. hope it carries over into tomorrow. smiles.

Kim A. said...

I don't believe in coincidences! The sun is shining in your life and that makes me smile. How wonderful your daughter put her feelings into words. :-D :-D


Paula said...

Glad you shared your happiness and joy. Even more so about your daughters poem. It is so great when something is inside and needs to get out and it benefits the soul in many ways. Yes, I have heard that very often during my current stay here in the SS that the people send out 100 of resume's without any outcome. It is hard to stay focused during such times. Allowing oneself to be discouraged it good it makes it easier to pick oneself up afterwards to carry on. It will take time. I keep her in my thoughts. Hugs from Tampa

Kathy M. said...

Sounds like a lovely, love-filled, God-inspired day. I'm so happy for you and your daughter. We just want them to be happy, don't we? My prayers for you, your daughter and your friend for your continued happiness.

Anonymous said...

Sunlight and sobriety will brighten anyone's day :)

I am so encouraged to read your baby is doing well. I continue to pray for her healing.

Just Be Real said...

So glad your heart is full of joy, PG! Plans on being another cold week for Florida. But, not as cold as before. Blessings.

Susan said...

Your joy is contagious. What a gift of day for you and I add my prayers for your daughter's continued blessings of friendships and the "perfect" (for her) job coming her way soon. Cyberhugs.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Beautiful relation of a warm experience, I felt it in my heart!


Enchanted Oak said...

A joyful heart feels so dam good, doesn't it? There is nothing like that overflowing happiness. And a sense of hope for our children...that too is a marvelous thing. From one poet to another (your daughter), tell her I said that one poem is the breaking of the dam of poetry if she wants it to be.

Tall Kay said...

The joy in your heart is just pouring out! It made my heart sing too!

What a wonderful gift to see the promises coming true in your daughters life too. She is right where she is supposed to be, for today. Keeping her in my prayers.

wolfie185 said...

Writing about your daughter Warmed my heart!

Thanks for sharing.