I have spent the last few years learning about joy. Not a light-hearted, happy-go-lucky joy. To me, joy is a deeply intimate, soul-refining choice that I must continually seek and grab hold of. It was not until my sweet mom passed just four short years ago that I could view joy as the difference in overcoming tragedy and grief with faith as opposed to the lack of joy I had without my faith.
I know that sounds a bit heavy to describe this sweet, bright little necklace that I'm so excited to introduce, but I believe that the daily choice to choose joy is life changing and I want to share this message with the world. If your day absolutely stinks, it's choosing to find the beauty and the good in just one thing.... a sunset, a stranger's smile, a phone call from a friend at just the right time. If life in general has pummeled you with one bad thing after another, it's a conscious choice to embrace the one good thing, no matter how small, and keep moving forward instead of dwelling in the anger, sadness and frustration. To seek God in the places where we never imagine we can find Him.
These little choices, observations and the lifting of your eyes from the darkness that may seem all around you~ they snow-ball until you have re-trained your heart to seek the joy in all circumstances. It bubbles up from your soul and spills out, changing not only yourself but your world too.
The idea of this bright yellow heart at the center of our Joy Necklace is to show a heart illuminated by joy, rejoicing always, as we step into God's light despite all of the things in this world that want to dampen it. I pray that this reminder encourages my daughters as they grow up and make choices on their own and that it touches the hearts of all who hold it or see it. An outward display of our never-ceasing joy.
.925 sterling silver with a yellow Swarovski crystal heart, strung on an adjustable 14-16" sterling silver chain.