A small
group of women sat in a circle.
question was greeted with silence and I didn’t dare tell the truth.
  What would they think?  It’s just not the kind of thing you admit in
  And besides that, I felt

But maybe
it’s time now I owned up.

I’m not
busy, not in the way most people are.

And, I’m not
terribly productive.

I’m happy.

My life is
incredibly fun.

I play all
of the time.


listing seven attributes of play, Laura Boggess, author of Playdates With God,
asked the women in our small retreat circle to name ways they already

I thought of
my kids – the way they invite me to join them on our
hammock-turned-pirate-ship, the games of fishy-fishy-cross-my-ocean that form
in the yard.  But it’s not just the kids’
fault.  When they’re gone – at school and
preschool – I cut flowers from the garden, I paint and color, I design and make
Tiny Books of poetry. 

And I

In the
silence that followed Laura’s question, I offered, “Writing’s a form of play
for me, I think. . . . cooking too.”

nodded, smiled.  I didn’t dare add about
the coloring, painting, yo-yo fun and Ukulele experiments. 


It’s a
miracle really that I’m having so much fun. 

My personality type’s represented by a worker
bee a
nd yet, here I
am flitting and fluttering about like some kind of butterfly.

Last summer
God told me, “I’m going to restore your joy.”

This past
weekend, a year and a half after God’s revelation, one of the retreat attendees noted on her evaluation form, “The leaders had a joyful countenance.”

Some secrets
can’t be hidden.  The shine, like a
light, like a smile on our faces.  
If you’re
happy and you know it, you won’t be able to hide it for long.

That’s why
I’m here confessing.

Miracles CAN
happen.  Even worker bees can learn to dance.

(And, for your Monday morning happiness boost, click on the video below.  Dancing around is encouraged.)

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Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.

What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God? 

That’s my proposal – that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  

You’re invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don’t worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right – you’re welcome to come as you are.  

While you’re here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.       

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