The news these days is filled with so many bad messages and bad reports that I don’t watch it at all. Even on my Facebook page, I have to scroll through, or sometimes block, the many negative images that try to inundate my feed. Plus, if you’re a believer and you know what the Word says, it’s hard to bypass the fact that we are truly entering into the end times. With all of this coming at us it’s easy to despair and allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by it all. I know I have.
Recently, however, while I was praying, I heard the Lord say -‘Where is your Joy?’
The Word says… “The Joy of the Lord is our strength” (Neh 8:10). It also says “Rejoice in the Lord…Always” (Phil 4:4) and by always He means ALWAYS, but I know first hand how hard that can be. Yet, the Lord in His Love and His Mercy is showing me that it’s okay to be joy-full because it’s all a part of His plan and His plan is always for our ultimate good.
So, I had to do some soul-searching and some research. I prayed and asked for guidance and understanding, but most of all I asked for assistance in finding His Peace and His Joy in the midst of what appears to be pure chaos. I found a book that seems to be helping me understand Revelations/prophecy better it’s called “The Merciful God of Prophecy” by Tim LaHaye, the writer of the Left Behind series. While I haven’t finished it yet, I can say it’s very encouraging.
That’s why I’m writing today and going back to writing in general. The first step in finding Joy (after receiving Christ) is serving others and I hope that through my obedience in writing, I am serving anyone that stops by this blog and is in need of an encouraging word or just food for thought.
See just like all of you, I go through hard times and I have moments when things aren’t the way I want them to be or the way I think they should be, but that’s when I have to turn to the source of all and remember: HE HAS A PLAN. It’s not easy, I know, to trust the plan, especially when you don’t know all the details and that’s okay. Just know that all will unfold just as it’s supposed to. Your job is to keep your eyes focused on the “prize” and find Joy in the midst of it all. Encourage a friend or stranger, have dinner with your family, listen to a baby laugh or scroll through pictures of animals with funny faces; whatever you need to do, just find a way to smile and know that our Father in heaven loves us (yes, even you) and He loves to see us smile.
If you’re going through something today, know that you didn’t stumble on this post by accident. I pray that our all knowing, all merciful God will help you find your way back to letting Joy into your life, again. Children don’t need a reason to smile, they just do. I pray you find that child-like part of yourself and see the bright side of life, again. In Jesus, name, I pray. Amen.
If you’re one of those people that have the Joy of the Lord always or you always see the bright side of things – Great! Now, share some that with the rest of us!
Either way, Be Blessed!
For me, this subject isn’t about what other people can do for the world, but what I can do for it. Growing up my mother used to tell my siblings and me, “Always leave things better than you found them.” The older I get, her words translate more and more every day into, “Always leave people better than you found them.”
The most important legacy that one can leave behind for their generations and for the world isn’t something always physically tangible. I feel that being more self-aware of the impact that we each have in the lives of one another and our surroundings can change society.
It is our everyday speech, actions, thoughts, and the inner workings of one’s own heart that gives us each the power to build our legacies for the positive. It is the reality that we have each created and possess within ourselves that is brought out into the world creating a “footprint.”
This “footprint” can be something spiritual, emotional, or physical and can either leave something negative or positive for society to work with. The choice, however, is up to us on which one to leave and what realities about ourselves we choose to accept and live out on a day to day basis.
By walking (and sometimes sprinting and running) through life, it is important that we as individuals make a decision to be sensitive to the things that matter, and let go of the things that don’t. I believe that by living life on an “on-purpose” basis and stopping to see the bigger picture, we have a chance to leave things and people better than we found them.
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The most important decision that I feel I have made was to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior over my life.(Yes, this is about Him!) Although some might not see it as a big deal, I do because it has solidified everything that I felt was true about the world. When the truth is spoken to you, it resonates what you already know in your heart. That is what I felt when someone first introduced the Gospel to me.
Since I grew up never going to church or reading the Bible, my knowledge of what constituted a “Christian” was limited and skewed. I really didn’t even know why people went to church or the purpose of prayer; however, when the opportunity arrived for someone to share these things with me, my curiosity got the best of me and I found myself asking many questions.
I’m reminded of a quote spoken by Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” This is significant because within my walk with Christ not only have I grown as a person and learned about God, the Bible, and how the world works, but most importantly, I’ve learned about His love and how He wants us to live. For me, this decision wasn’t about giving up my life to be controlled, but rather, give it structure and a purpose to be free in who I am and extend my gifts to others.
In living on purpose, I don’t mean just consuming and being spontaneous, but being concise and on-purpose with every opportunity and person. Living to grow and leave not just a physical legacy, but one of good character and “pay it forward.” A legacy that people can look back on and see that it wasn’t me doing these things, but God Himself working through an ordinary person in an extraordinary way. I may not know the real reason that I’m here until the very end, but it is safe to say that a part of my purpose is to love and just “be.”
If you haven’t thought about giving your life to Christ, I ask you to take a moment and reconsider. I know you’ll be glad you did.
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