It was good for me though. It reminded me that I can’t control every life situation and make it easier for my children.
I was a lot like Joy, trying to keep Sadness in the corner and manipulate every situation to be a happy one.
Maybe it is because my childhood and teenage years had a lot of unhappy moments…I desperately wanted to make a different life for my family.
I wanted the Norman Rockwell painting where the family gathers around a big table…it hung on a calendar at my grandmother’s house.
Even though my family is scattered and we don’t have big dinners around the table, I wouldn’t have the testimony I have, due to God’s grace, mercy and life-changing love, had it not been for the valleys and empty tables.
I know every day isn’t going to be perfect.
Choosing joy in the Lord is different than thinking everything can always be happy.
It means being content in your circumstances, being joyful in affliction, knowing God uses those times to strengthen our faith.
Jesus felt the range of human emotions, and we shouldn’t expect anything less. It is being able to hold on to Him, though, that keeps everything from falling apart.
❤ Philippians 4
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
🦌 Psalm 42
As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him. For the help of His presence.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
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