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Joy

Joy

Have you ever met someone who is overflowing with pure, undiluted joy?

Someone who sees the magic in just about everything, who sees all the small details. Someone who literally stops to smell the flowers. Someone who can spread joy and laughter to everyone they meet. Someone who grabs attention without demanding it. Someone who has this flamboyant, dramatic flair about them. Someone who shows beautiful compassion to every person, animal, and plant that might be hurting.

This is my daughter.  My forever-giving gift from God.

What brings you joy?  What does joy mean to you?

For me, joy is this overwhelming feeling of happiness, and because I find my joy in Christ, the feeling includes awe and gratitude.

God knows exactly what we need and when we need it.  His plan is perfect. He knew how I would be changed through my daughter.

The birth of my son brought me to God.  Holding my first bundle of joy I finally understood what it meant to fear God, and my whole life changed.

The birth of my daughter made me participate in my faith, bringing me closer to God.

Being exposed to all the joy and ‘magicalness’ through my daughter, my awareness of how God is in every single detail has been heightened.

I now find my joy in God, and He never disappoints. Just thinking about what He has done for me, how He has always ‘come through’ for me, fills me with tremendous joy.  I only need to think of His extravagant love for me and I am filled with joy.

When I think about how He is using me, a nobody, to further His kingdom, I am filled with joy and awe.

I didn’t always find my joy in God though. For most of my life, I looked to friends, family, or partners for joy. It always ended in disappointment.  Always.  I expected others to make me happy, and when they didn’t I would be angry.  We can not give humans that amount of power in our lives.

Change doesn’t happen overnight.  There is not a quick fix. It is a decision we make daily.

I still have ‘tough, down’ days and I still need to say to myself, “God’s got this”, “Christ is my anchor”, “I choose to be content in God”, along with numerous biblical affirmations.

We have the power, the free will to make choices that lead to a better life, that lead us to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our Heavenly Father.  We need to spend time in His Word, we need quiet time to hear Him, we need to be praying all the time.

Choose to participate. Find your joy in Christ. You won’t be disappointed.

Keeping it simply raw and real.

Your sister in Christ.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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