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first thought with the word joy is my daughter, Jessica Joy who has had three open heart surgeries, and lets Jesus’ joy shine through her in such a beautiful way. She loves people, especially the “least of these” and has a heart for the hurting. But you can read more about her here.
But what else comes immediately to mind is my verse for this year:
Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.
I have by no means conquered this verse, but God keeps reminding me of it, over and over again, especially, when I question . . . when I ask, what if, how, why, where are you God in this, etc.
Sometimes A LOT of times it’s just plain hard to find joy when so much can come crashing down. Ultimately I know there is hope, but how long til we get that hope that will bring joy – right? NO – God says to be joyful IN the hope! THAT is the hard part! That is what God is reminding me of. That no matter what, there is hope and I can rejoice and have joy in that.
Ohhh, so much easier said than done . . . but there IS a light at the end of the tunnel – God just does not tell us how long that tunnel will be (and many times we probably do not want to know!) but I can have joy that no matter what happens, how much it hurts, how much sense it does not make, how many tears I’ve cried, and how scary the journey may seem, there IS hope and that I can be joyful in.
And the next part of the verse is just as hard – to be patient in affliction. Ugh. seems like a lot at once, doesn’t it? To be joyful in hope AND patient in affliction?!?!? The next line sums it up – helps us to accomplish this – faithful in prayer.
I just wonder, how much more joy and patience I’d have, with more faithfulness in prayer.
Might the same be for you?
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