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You have heard the old expression, “When it rains, it pours”. Does your life ever seem this way? Do you ever feel that when one bad thing happens, it seems that more bad things start to happen too? We certainly experience difficult seasons in our lives when things just do not make sense. Times when we wonder what God is up to and we sometimes question what is going on. There are seasons in our lives when we feel overwhelmed with life. Are you facing one of those seasons right now? Is your life just really hard and you feel that at any moment you could fall apart? I want to remind you, my friend, that God is with you. He will never leave or forsake you, even though you cannot see what tomorrow holds. He is there with you, each step of the way.
Take a look at this excerpt from Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
It is good for us to remember that God loves us and there is nothing that comes our way that has not passed through His hands first. He does not owe us an explanation as to why bad things happen in our lives. He just asks us to put our faith and trust in Him. He knows what He is doing! Thanks for stopping by today! ~JoyRead More
I recently celebrated my 20th year out of High School. It seems unbelievable that it has been that long ago, because I still feel like that same young girl walking the halls of my High School. A lot has changed in my life since then, but I don’t feel any older on the inside. Maybe you can relate. When we look back on our lives, isn’t it interesting how things turned out? I mean, I am not at all doing what I thought I would be doing with my life. I thought I may end up playing the piano professionally, or maybe owning my own drug store in my hometown. I never saw myself as a pharmacy professor and certainly not someone who was on the radio. The funny thing is, in High School, I was the one who was never going to be a teacher and now one of my deepest passions in life is teaching God’s Word. God has taken me down paths I could never have imagined and sometimes I shake my head in wonder of where He has taken me.
Our life is a journey. We have destinations along our journey and for me, a lot of my life has been spent focused on the next destination. Throughout my life, I wanted to “hurry up” and get to the next stage of my life, thinking that next stage of my life would bring me greater happiness. Looking back, I realize that by racing from destination to destination I was missing some of the joy in the journey. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have had times where you focused your energy on waiting for that next destination—the next big thing that may finally bring you the life you are hoping for. I want to encourage you, my friends, to enjoy where you are in your life right now! Take inventory of what is good in your life right now and be grateful to God for the good things He has given to you! No matter what may be wrong in your life, enjoy the gift of life itself, and focus on what is right. The years pass by too quickly and before long, I’ll be celebrating my 30th High School reunion. Life is too short to focus only on the next stage that awaits us. Let’s try to slow down and enjoy the here and now. Let’s find JOY in the journey.
Thanks for reading today! ~JoyRead More
Click here to listen April 8 Life is unfair
Today, I am going to share with you some NOT so shocking news: LIFE IS NOT FAIR! Ok, ok this is something we already know, but if you are like me, you have times where you get frustrated because life is so unfair. You try to be a good person. You try to do what’s right and often times you are not rewarded in the way you think you should be rewarded. I wonder if you are going through a situation right now where you feel you are getting the short end of the stick. One thing is for sure—people are going to disappoint us, just like we disappoint other people. My friend, we need to remember that we live in a fallen world. Life is hard and things are going to happen to us that we feel are unfair. What matters is how we respond. Let’s think about our Savior and Lord Jesus. He was treated unfairly. The perfect son of God was beaten, ridiculed, and tortured, but how did He respond? He spoke truth to his accusers and He demonstrated love. Let’s take a look at these verses in Ephesians:
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ”.
Life is not fair. But when trouble comes, let us seek to respond in a way that brings glory to God. Let us speak truth in love. Thanks for stopping by! ~JoyRead More