“The Bible teaches that true joy is formed
in the midst of the difficult seasons of life.”
Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Honestly, I am in a difficult season of life.
When the future is completely unknown and no one in the house has a paying job (not yet anyway), it’s…well…difficult.
Here’s the remarkable thing.
I told my husband the other day that I have tremendous peace. Doesn’t that seem almost impossible in the light of my situation?
I’m learning not to worry. That, is huge.
I’m “putting feet” to trusting God. Believing that all His promises are true…just as He says they are.
I’m choosing Joy!
Sure, there are moments that push me to the floor. But, I hold up the Shield of Faith. Oh how grateful I am that this faith is not something I conjure up. No…God provides me with the faith I need. Please don’t think that my words are some platitudinous Christianese talk. Believe me…. in my own strength I would be flat on the floor. It is through prayer…mine and those who care for me… and believing for God’s provision and His deliverance…even when I can’t see a way….that God works for my good and His glory.
That is where I camp. And it’s there….I give thanks….and find joy.
It’s Joy Day!
The best way I know to fill my heart with joy is to give thanks.
Giving thanks for the good, the wonderful, the blessings, and…. the unexpected, the pain, and the disappointment too.
We count just seven from the week. I’ll start….
I am grateful for:
- Forsythia twigs that burst with feathers of yellow
- The heat register pushing warmth over me in the early morning
- A sunny afternoon for a short photo journey
- Precious time in the early morning with God
- A reader’s request to make a spring banner and mailing it off
- Sharing a dish of “5-Chocolate” ice cream at the creamery with my love
- One more unloving and hurtful expression arriving in my mail
Please join me in counting your seven. It’s a great exercise to think back over your week and hit the reset button. You’ll be glad you did. Just scroll down to ‘Share Your Thoughts’ below and tap in your seven.
Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate you and your sweet comments make my day.
May your day be filled with God’s goodness and grace in extraordinary measure.
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