Monday, June 8, 2009

Joyful Moments

If someone where to ask you "what brings you joy?" what images would come to mind? Your wedding day? The birth of your children? Watching your child graduate? For most people, these milestone moments come to mind right away. But is that really what joy is all about?

I've been thinking about joy alot lately and have come to a few conclusions:
Joy is found in contentment. Do you ever catch yourself in a moment where you just breath in and as you breathe back out you have a quiet confidence that everything is okay? That brief second reminds you that it all is well with your soul. Contentment comes when we don't long for more, we're filled.

Joy lives in the moments that connect our 'milestone moments' to each other. It's found in the normal routine we have every day! Our joy is visible in how we do the things we do. If you walk around like Eeyore, it will be obvious that you are lacking joy. On the other hand, you don't have to be bouncing off the walls like Tigger either...joy is found somewhere in the middle of the two.

You don't have to be happy about the situation to have joy in the situation. What? James 1:2-3 says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." God wants us to know that even though we're going through difficult times, it's not wasted. God uses everything for our good and our faith and character is being refined during the times of trial. Praise God that our heartache and pain is not for nothing!

It's easy to have joy in the milestone moments of life. Having joy on your wedding day is easy, having joy as you lie in bed with your spouse who has hurt your feelings is not. Being filled with joy as your child graduates is so much easier than enduring teenage angst and negative attitudes. But it's the difficult moments that bring the most change. God wants us to remember that everything, good and bad, has a purpose. I find great joy knowing that I'm benefitted in some way for the trials and tests that I have to go through. I'm a much better person for them!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance." James 1: 2-3

1 comments:

dblackwell said...

Jennifer -
Thank you for the reminder that joy is in His presence and is not confined to the presents He gives. That is a great encouragement.

And thank you for the faithfulness in your journey - He is moving you forward, girl. Just keep walking!
Debbie

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