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Surprises and Sunrises

Surprises and Sunrises

Today's sunrise was absolutely breathtaking.

Hues of pink, blue, purple and yellow filled the atmosphere as the sun took her first breaths of the morning. I had to pull over for a few minutes just to admire it, even though it made me a few minutes late to the office. It was in that moment that I felt as if God the Father hand-painted the sunrise just for me. And you know what, He probably did. 

If you know me at all, you know I am a planner. I love to strategize, brainstorm, navigate, and plan. In simpler terms, I'm a control-freak. I need order in my life; when things are chaotic, I tend to shut down and go into survival mode. When it comes to my life, I don't just have a Plan A, I have a Plan A through Z. You can probably guess therefore, that I don't do well with surprises. I like to be in the know, especially when it concerns me.

Oh my, did 2016 shake up that perception.

Every time I tried to plan things out, one door after the other kept closing. Relationships, new opportunities, etc. For someone who thrills on marking off a task list, you can begin to imagine how frustrating it was. And to be completely honest, by the end of 2016, my attitude sucked. 

But. Don't you love a good but.. ;)

With every new year comes new perspective, new mercies, and new chances to get it right. And I decided that 2017 is going to be different. 2017 is the year that I'm going to let God be God. It's the year that I'm going to loosen the white-knuckle grip on my plans, and allow Him to take full control. It's the year that I'm not going to let my imagination continually steer me and drive me to how I think things should go. It's the year that I'm going to let God be the creative one and absolutely surprise me. And you know what God wants to surprise me - and you - with? His goodness. Because that's who He is, what's waiting for me is goodness. Like King David said in Psalm 23, "surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life." 

Thinking back on the sunrise this morning, I'm reminded that God already knew how much I'd appreciate it. I imagine Him with his paintbrush in the middle of the night, smiling whilst I slept, knowing that I'd stop, pause, and reflect on His goodness because of it. An unexpected gift, a pleasant surprise! 

I'm going to let 2017 be the year that's full of God's surprises and His goodness. Will you join me? I hope and pray that 2017 brings fulfillment to your hopes and dreams and that it is filled with goodness, love, and joy.

Always,

Nina xo

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