Thursday, August 30, 2007

May There Be Joy!

I was planning on writing a post about joy in the midst of difficulties. My Mom and I were discussing the importance of this the other night, and I thought that this was a very good point. Often when we are struggling with some problem...whether it be financial, physical or emotional, it is easy to dwell on our sorrow or pain, etc. But, as we were talking we both agreed that it is good(and possible) to find joy in the moment. When we are chastised by God, we ought to find joy in His caring enough to do so and praise/thank Him for His teaching. When we are struggling through financial problems or pain...we should find things to praise God for and be joyful in those, not dwelling on the other. Easier said than done, I know! But as I thought on this...I began to consider what gives me joy.


Let me share some things that I praise and thank God for....

A loving husband...





Children that are energetic and healthy...





Baby ears...






and baby feet...





Laughter...





and smiles...




Joy abounds...if only I look for it. Really, it is right before me, everyday, even on the bad days!

"...for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:2-3

"And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation." Psalm 35:9

Blessings,

Sommer

3 comments:

Tilly said...

A beautiful post Sommer!

Regina Clare Jane said...

It's really true, Sommer. It just takes a moment of change in your thinking- and God's grace, too! I know I will be sulking a bit here for the next few days now that hubby has left, but hopefully I can be still in the love of God and listen to everything he has to tell me while I have this time. Even though hubby is not here, it is an opportunity for me to connect with others now- and there is joy in that!
Thanks for the pep talk, Sommer- I needed it!
Oh, and very nice pictures! You gotta love baby ears and feet!
xo

PatinTenn said...

How sweet....

With God, there is no reason to worry but to give thanks in everything.

I so love coming here to read your post.

Pat