Joy in the Mourning

Out with my Valentine on Feb 16th, of 2013.

I am emotionally skipping across the bottom… So, I found it fitting to write about joy! Why not? Count your many blessings, name them one by one… Even in the darkness of my grief and confusion with life, there are things to find joy in. Here are a few…

Family and Friends. I constantly find my heart warmed and my spirit lifted through those who are closest to me. Breakfast with my Christian brothers, visiting on the phone with loved ones, and caring texts from out of nowhere are the types of things that keep me going!

My Church. God has blessed me with a church family that is a joy to serve and worship with. I love being around my brother and sisters in Christ. Always an uplifting time to gather with the Saints.

Sunny Days. Really, just God’s creation, in general, brings joy. I love the sunny days, but, today, I also found great admiration for the giant, wet snowflakes that fell like miniature water balloons. God has given us a wonderful earth to live on and enjoy.

Cat Snuggles. My crazy cats. As I was tripping over them going to the kitchen, it struck me for the first time; I think I am really starting to like these animals. They are fun to watch, snuggle with, and pet. We just have two, they are sisters, Laverne and Shirley. No, I will not become a crazy cat…man. Just two of them.

A Happy Memory. Memories pop up in my mind. A place, item, or song will trigger a memory of Jana that brings a quick smile. I can sit and relive, for just a moment, a snapshot in time that brings great joy. Even the tears, that may ensue, are somewhat welcome and cleansing.

Ultimately, and my point is that, joy is in the Lord and found in knowing Him, not in our circumstances. Rick Warren’s definition; “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.

John 14:27

Joy provides the emotional freedom in life to pursue the things of God. Believing that, “He is,” and trusting in His word helps me to take my eyes off the storm and look to Him for life. Sometimes, through the fierce storm, driving rain, and rising waves, it’s just the little things that help me to see His presence, but His grip on me is sure and I will not perish!

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

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