Joy is discussed in the KJV bible 158 times.? Why do you think” Joy “is important?
I personally found it hard to find joy in the last few years. I felt overwhelmed by my trials, one after another through divorce, financial hardship, unemployment, death of my brother, bankruptcy, loss of my home, instability, health issues and then breast cancer.
My relationships, one by one, began to fall away during my trials, until most of my dear relationships were no longer a part of my life. I was shocked and deeply hurt at how quickly my friends deserted me. I cried many tears, hurting deeply and suffering from feelings of betrayal. All I had was God, (I learned later it was enough, God is all I need) he showered me with love, God never left me. My trust in God grew by leaps and bounds. God knew before I did, the ones who would stand by my side and carry me through my trials and storms! I call them the wonderful seven; my mother, two sisters, daughter, best friend, soul friend and first lady. God used them all and believe me you, I counted it all “Joy” that God had these remarkable women of faith in my life! I give them honor and respect today, by saying “Thank You” to Elizabeth, Terry, April, Jessica, Joy, Renee and Patsy. God is my lifeline and these beautiful women are my earthly lifeline.
I learned to be grateful in all circumstances, my trials taught me how to lean on others and most importantly, that I could lean on and trust God! God wasn’t going anywhere, God loves me and promised to never forsake me!
Then came grief, again, I received news my best friend “Joy” had passed, I was devastated! I entered into dark depression and what helped me was to write about the loss via Life Matters! I had to chose to push forward, to seek help, to cry out to God! The depression was by far the scariest thing I ever endured. I would cry clutching my bible, my sobs expressing my words that I couldn’t form in prayer. I believe the Holy Spirit intervened.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
God gave me” Joy,” when I didn’t know how to lift my head. God gave me” Joy” to hope for the future. How did I receive Hope? I wrote about it via WHERE DO YOU FIND HOPE?
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God built a mustard seed of Faith (via Adding Grain to the Storehouse! ), gave me hope for a future and put “Joy” back in my life! I am humbly quiet as I look at the beautiful gifts God gave me during my storms, when my storehouse was empty, (via My Storehouse is Empty, Bone Dry! ) he took my empty storehouse and through mercy and grace, began to re-fill my storehouse through unconditional love, supplying me with Faith , Hope and Joy, the greatest of these being “Love.” I hope you join me on my next article when I tell you about God’s unconditional “LOVE!” Today, I choose “Joy!”
Blessings to you all!
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