“…we are full of joy in God because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:11
Jumping, joy, and Jesus have been the themes of our “J” week. What better things to concentrate on, right?
The jumping part was a hard one for us at times. Specifically, at the beginning of the week, EJ could not jump due to his foot injury. And as it got better, I had to keep him from jumping. Thankfully, we had another doctor’s appointment with an orthopedic doctor on Wednesday – what a fabulous doctor! He had EJ jogging up and down a hallway after a prized basketball so he could watch EJ limping – of course, the limp was nearly gone by that time! With the x-ray, the doctor saw an infantile fracture in EJ’s heel, but he assured us it was nothing to be worried about – it was more like a painful bone bruise to EJ than what we consider a fracture. After that visit, EJ had full physical freedom again. And the limp is gone!
So when he said to me that he could jump again, out came the camera!
I was jumping for joy inside. No mama likes to see their little ones hurting.
This was a great week for singing, as well. “Jesus loves me,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” “Sing to Jesus,” and “Fairest Lord Jesus” all made appearances this week. EJ’s favorite Jesus song is one that I made up a while ago – this is the one he always asks for… “I love Jesus,” sung to the tune of Frere Jacques…I love Jesus, I love Jesus, EJ does, too! EJ does, too! Jesus is our Lord, and he reigns forever, Yay, Jesus! Go, Jesus!
(I started making up words to this tune when EJ wanted a song about a bulldozer. Since I didn’t know one, I made one up. Now, whenever he asks for a song about something that I don’t know a song about, I sing this tune with interchangeable words. The first two lines and the last line are pretty much the same each time, with the difference subject subbed in each time. The third line is the only one I have to really make up words for.)
I also pulled up a song from deep in my memory bank:I’ve Got the Joy In My Heart I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Where? Down in my heart! Where? Down in my heart! I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart Down in my heart to stay And I’m so happy So very happy I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart Down in my heart And I’m so happy So very happy I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.
My childhood church didn’t have Vacation Bible School (that I can remember), so I learned this one year going to VBS with a friend. EJ has been having a fun time with this one, too (more words can be found here – did you ever learn that last verse? I had never seen that one before!).
What a week full of joy!