Joy comes in different ways into our lives. Through it all, I have found the joy of the Lord to be my strength.
Psalm 30:5 New International Version (NIV)
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
JOY ~ REJOICE
There are many things that bring joy into our lives
I believe Psalm 30:5 tells us rejoicing comes in the morning, because there is value in a new day. The beginning of a day is new thoughts and right decisions to be made. God can plan our lives out, but the bottom decision is with each of us. Our choices matter and what we do in one day matter. There can be a refreshing feeling in the morning. A time to break the fast and have food that we call breakfast. Nourishment comes into our bodies and it's up to us to bring good thoughts into our minds.
Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
A Living Sacrifice
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
There is something to be said about giving your heart to God. We might believe different and handle things different in this life, but the bottom line is our choice. Our choice to serve God with all our heart and to allow direction to come to us. Our choice is to weary or doubt in life. One moment in time matters far more than we might realize. Someone is watching your life and your example is seen. Make sure your example is a good one.
I know several people who say they will never walk back inside a church again. They lost the joy of the Lord and put their eyes upon people. People will fail us and let us down. Life is way to short to get stuck on wrong thinking or putting hope into people. When we put our trust in God, we find the joy of the Lord. When we let go of what we can't change and change the things we can, we find joy. We can find joy is talking to someone, sharing moments, living without expectations of others and just a surrendered lifestyle on a daily bases.
There is too much to gain in life to loose. I've seen miracles and I've walked through sorrow. I saw my brother died on Christmas Day from cancer and I felt angry inside my heart. I was only 32 years old when this took place. I couldn't find joy in that season. I look back today to see how much God has grown me through words in the Bible and people who entered my life. I had a choice to let go of what I couldn't change and know that my brother loved God with all his heart. My brother truly knew what the joy of the Lord was to him.
In death, it takes time for the living to process the change. In moments that does not make sense to us, God is still at work. I didn't want to hear about God in moments of heartbreak. Yet, something down deep inside of me said yes to God and now I write you daily. I know now there is a time for us to born and a time for us to go to Heaven. I write from the middle of my heart because I've been broken, made mistakes and felt alone. I can relate to a lot of people who want to give up and I ask God to help me speak words of life to them. I don't know it all, but I've certainly know enough to help someone see a light unto their path again. God's word (Bible) holds stories of sorrow and victories.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Don't forget that you make a different in this life and your important.