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Chasing Joy

“…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)

This world can be a difficult place some times; and during certain seasons of our lives, maybe more often than not. I’ve found myself moving down some good old paths as well as starting new things. I love new beginnings. But I realize new beginnings can be difficult too. New beginnings are even more difficult when you’re navigating them alone.

It’s not that I want to exclude people. In fact, I think, now more than ever, I’ve become more inclusive. But at the same time, I’ve learnt to be completely cool with being by myself. We won’t always have the pleasure of other people’s company especially the pleasure of the company of like minds. And some times, we wish, only wish, someone else would physically come alongside us on our journey. At least I feel that way.

Sometimes, I think, in the middle of all this, we have to chase joy. Joy can be elusive. We have to actively look for joy in the Lord, because the joy of the Lord is where our strength lies.It’s not an easy thing to do. Some days we just want to drown in the pool of our self pity. It’s much easier – less tasking.

Joy requires a little bit more energy than self pity, but its reward  is so worth it. There are some dark days, when the only thoughts that come are thoughts of failure, loneliness, confusion, worthlessness, but joy is always so near if we would only reach out just a little bit.

It usually takes one painful step to get to joy. It takes looking away from all the ugly, closing your ears to the heartless voices and looking up. Just one act and then another. It begins with lifting up your head, your eyes shifting their gaze. Then you utter one word and then another. God… Lord… Father.

Father, help me. Help me. I trust You. I choose You. Help me, I have no strength of my own. Your joy is my strength. Thank You for joy. Thank You for making my life so beautiful. Thank You for never leaving me or abandoning me. I’m so glad You think of me. And You love me, and You’re with me. I cannot be brought down because You lift me up. I can never be ashamed because it is Your face that shines on me! Hallelujah! God is with me now!

So one first move, and then another. Look to Jehovah and give thanks. Thanksgiving is a wonderful expression of our faith in an amazing, unchangeable God (who is Love, by the way). So chase joy; don’t let it slip away. Chase joy in God; He is never far away from His family.

And finally, you can be a part of God’s family by calling on the Name of His Son, the Lord Jesus, who has already paid the price for your sins. Is sin a dirty word? Yes, but perfect to ascribe to us. No one, not one is righteous. We have all sinned and fallen short of His glory. Call on the Lord and discover the joy of the Lord as your strength! Choose God; choose joy.

You can comment or email me directly if you have any questions about this call to God’s family. You can comment or email anyway!  😀 I pray that you will know God’s joy, love and mercy in Jesus Name. And so it will be.

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Re Dedication

“Yet I still belong to You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth. My [strength] may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my life. He is mine forever.” -(Psalm 73:23-26)

I wrote the following in my journal on the 13th of June. It’s so relevant to me today.

Rededication:

  
Maybe I’m the best person to write this because I know what down looks like.

I tentatively accept the embrace of my Heavenly Father who has been waiting patiently and hopefully for my form to appear in the distance- prodigal.

LORD, lead me wherever You will. A day with You is better than a million elsewhere. Your love for me is what keeps me together in spite of myself-my self, which is sinful.

I love You back, LORD, and with everything in me. I give me wholly to You. You know everything about me. Please fill me with You. I want to be like You.

LORD, You can have everything – every moment of my life. Please accept me broken and unclean. You know how to bring light out of darkness. I’m all for You- You alone have the words of eternal life.

I accept Your own way. Every thing about it. I’m the freed and enslaved of Christ. I know You will never leave me. You will preserve me. 

Preserve me.

Amen.

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The Hurt

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” (Romans 5:3-5)

I realize that I need the hurt to teach me what love is. The hurt does something to my character because I choose in Christ to be helpless- to be unable to do anything about the hurt. Like Jesus Christ said “I choose to lay down my life. No one takes it from me.” (John 10:18 paraphrase)

The hurt makes me able to feel- to bear a burden on behalf of another person when I take their wrongdoing towards me upon myself. 

Without this hurt in this age- this imperfect age- there can be no true love. Love hurts because people hurt.

I accept. 

Thank You LORD.

Imperfection

Humility

Brokenness 

Patient endurance 

Pain

Forebearance 

Perserverance

Helplessness

Disability

Weakness

Thorn

Shame

The Cross…

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6 October 2014 On Wounds And The Church

6 October 2014

The following is an excerpt from the book, “Speak,” by Nish Weiseth. Nish was quoting Seth, a friend of hers. “It took me a long time to realize it, but I finally told my friend I hated the church. He said that if I hated the church, then I hated Jesus, and I told him I didn’t want to hate Jesus anymore. It turns out I’d made an idol out of the church. And when you idolize anything that isn’t Jesus Himself, it’s gonna fail you.”

I believe a lot of us have been wounded in some ways by the church- people who consider themselves believers. It’s sad that believers whatever shape or form they come have been some times the greatest impediments to the gospel of Christ. I’ve been both the wounded and the wounder.

The times I’ve hurt people, I’ve hurt in my ignorance, and there are still believers today who I looked up to that have hurt me badly. I am truly sorry for all the hurt that has been done to you or any one of your loved ones. Please don’t let people come between you and the One (God) who loves you. I am still dealing with past hurts and learning to let go. Sometimes I find that I have to let go all over again, but this is what God calls us to do. He knows that where relationships exist, hurts exist, so He asks us to “forgive one another and bear with one another’s failings.” I hope you will look to God and not to man, because man including myself, is imperfect, but God is dependable. I love you fellow sojourner! Peace!