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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 ย 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! ย ๐Ÿ˜€ I pray that you will know God’s joy, love and mercy in Jesus Name. And so it will be.

Faith · Inspiration · Life Hacks · Spiritual

Be Hopeful

Life is sometimes bland, crappy, and occasionally interesting. Be hopeful. Don’t just “be hopeful”; be JOYFUL in hope!

That’s basically all I have to say in this post. Cool isn’t it? (Or not.) It’s the truth. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’ve been struggling with cynicism. I, the optimist, have faced my biggest challenge yet: REALITY. You see, I’m a dreamer. It’s my design to dream – a lot. I forget sometimes that God uses the real stuff to test me. By test, I mean to cause me to grow. We don’t grow when everything is green and perfect. That’s a heaven type experience really. We grow when we are faced with affliction. 

The thing is I’ve been trying to follow Jesus’ way because the Bible says that “Christ, even though He was a son, learned patience by the things He suffered.” I’ve been working on my patience, but it turns out that I’ve been numbing myself to the pain – the suffering. 

If you are going through some suffering, I urge you as God is urging me, to be hopeful. And not just hopeful. Be JOYFUL in hope.

It’s not easy. It’s straight out difficult. But so very rewarding. Joyful people are beautiful. Faking smiles doesn’t help anybody. Smile. Laugh. Dance. Sing. Cry if you have to, but for your sake, REJOICE!

“May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” (2 Thessalonians 2: 16, 17 NIV)

  

Inspiration · Life Hacks · Spiritual

The New Me

I like the new me. I like who I am without the whistles and bells. I’m falling in love with myself and it’s amazing! A-M-A-ZING! ๐Ÿ˜€ Right now it doesn’t matter who else does or would or if anyone else would. That’s the beauty of the whole thing! The me I’m becoming isn’t at all consumed by anyone else’s thoughts, beliefs or feelings. My life is PRETTY simple. I’m not claiming to be anything or anyone but ME- I don’t have any new year’s resolution either. I’m good. I AM content. IT IS AMAZING. ๐Ÿ˜„ 

THANK YOU LORD!

  

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Blue Days

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ.” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Blue Days… 

Some days the sky is blue, some days I am blue, and some days the day is blue.

God is not absent when I am sad. He is not absent when I am disappointed in people. He is not absent when I am lonely. He is not absent when I am upset. He is present and constant. My feelings don’t have to be my enemy- they don’t have to rule over me, “For in this sanctuary, God is here…”* 

When I say this, I am conscious of the verse of scripture I put up at the beginning of this post: “ALWAYS BE JOYFUL.” What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean ALWAYS BE HAPPY. Joy isn’t happiness, which is something we mistakenly pursue. Joy is this huge blanket of peace and gratitude in knowing the constantNESS of God (pardon my grammar). That no matter what I feel, and no matter what I am going through, GOD IS HERE. God is here and He is greater than my feelings and my circumstances. That’s what joy is. That’s why it comes with prayer and thankfulness. 

I have fought my feelings as if God was asking me to be anything other than human. I have been tempted to harden myself against any disappointments and things such as that. I know what it’s like to harden myself. It’s not living; it’s more like dying. I have come to a conclusion and have said to God, “I rather know pain and be able to experience Your presence, than be hardened and know nothing at all.”

Some days the sky is blue, and some days the sky is hidden behind the clouds. But let us be joyful always, being at peace and being filled with gratitude that GOD IS HERE. He is constant. He doesn’t change when everything else changes. We don’t need to fight our feelings ๐Ÿ˜Š. We need to focus on God and who God is. And His peace that is beyond understanding will guard our hearts in Christ Jesus. Amen.
*”God is Here” song. Lyrics by Martha Munizzi

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Discovering Now

Hello lovely people! ๐Ÿ˜„ I really hope your days have been inwardly satisfying. If not, I pray you they will be (and soon!)

Just as a side note, this post is NOT about living for now. Just to clear things up. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I was walking down to get the bus when I found myself noticing the way I felt just simply walking down the road. I was reminded of how far I had come from always rushing into “Tomorrow”- even “Today” was such a big burden to me. I thought to myself: Isn’t it so liberating to enjoy the things I have now and the things I experience now and today? Isn’t it liberating to stop living always reaching out for tomorrow? Always looking for the thing in tomorrow that would make today better?

My answer to myself was “YES”! Yes. Yes. Yes.

Now is beautiful. Now is the gift that God graciously gives to us. Now is what we have. 

I saw this quote by Sidonie Gabrielle Collette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”!

Amazing. 

I know that I’ve messed up and rushed myself into tomorrow without recognizing the life I had. But I’m glad because I still have a chance to think differently and see differently. I have the gift of now. This is not to say that now is full of good things always, but that there are good things in “Now” that we can appreciate and be thankful for.

I’m treasuring my “Nows” now. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m treasuring my God-given gift. Now I can shout or whisper “Thank You Lord for Now.” I can think the thought and keep my mind uncluttered by the worries of tomorrow or even today. 

It’s not always easy. In fact it isn’t easy especially if you’re like me. But it’s beautiful for sure. 

Good luck guys! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Faith · Inspiration · Spiritual

For The Things We Have

Dear Father,

Thank You. 

Every day I breathe in holds its blessings. Small and big. Things and people. Old and young. Frail and strong. Through the darkness and in the light. In the words I hear and in the thoughts I speak. Gifts of all shapes and sizes. 

There are also the moments like the plains in between the hills and valleys, that don’t seem to have anything. Sometimes I’m tempted to fill the plains with sadness because I forget the gifts that He already gave me. Sometimes I think of what I don’t have and what does not seem to be given and I count it as some of my losses. 

I realize that that is a terrible way of thinking. I have the choice to look closely at my Father and remember every good thing or to mourn the things I don’t have. My life could be full and rich when I realize how FULL and RICH MY LIFE IS.

I think I’ll say that again: my life can be full and rich when I realize how full and rich my life already is; when I count the blessings that my Father always gives to me. Small and big. Frail and strong. Old and young. Through the darkness and in the light. In the words I hear and in the thoughts I speak. For the blessings that come in all shapes and sizes.

My life changed when I understood that Christ Jesus came not to judge me, but to save me. I have the wonderful chance to be a child of God who can always enjoy His love and presence. He promised to never leave me or abandon me. I can look at my life always, and thank Him for the things I have-the things He has given.

Thank You Father for every good gift.

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New. 1 February 2015

Thank You LORD for this new day – new season.

I am privileged to have words to say. I am privileged to have thoughts to think.

The messages of Godโ€™s word are open to my new set of eyes: my eyes that want to learn; my eyes with the right expectations; my eyes that would let God show me the mystery.

I have many things to be thankful for: a God who loves me, family and friends who love me, and all the people I have come to love.

I just want to say – to remind myself that the truth is simple. God has made Himself simple to us: He loves us; He wants us to love Him, and to love our neighbours.

Thank You LORD for this new day. Thank You for simplicity and peace. Thank You LORD! ๐Ÿ˜€

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21 December 2014 My Gladness.

21 December 2014 My Gladness.

Iโ€™m so glad, LORD. Iโ€™m just so relieved because of Your direction. Thank You LORD for giving me this fresh start to a new year. Now I know that I am and will be prepared for whatโ€™s to come. I really feel Your comfort and I just want to bask in Your love. Youโ€™ve shown me what direction to go in the next year. I have a focus and I know what to do.

Thank You LORD for everything! ๐Ÿ™‚

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9 December 2014

9 December 2014

Thank You Lord! I love You. Thank You for everything- for everything I have and for all that I am.
Thereโ€™s so much of You to see and know.. I am grateful, Lord. Your blessings are my peace and with You I lack nothing.

My Shepherd leads me in the paths of His righteousness and beside still waters.
Please hold my hand and lead me where You will. Iโ€™m just glad Youโ€™re with me.

Thank You.
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30 November 2014 Thank You!

I just want to thank you, wonderful readers and fellow sojourners for joining me here on Hope’s Diaries.

I’m really grateful for you who are following my blog and you who are simply just passing through.

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a wonderful start to a new month ahead of us.

With love from,
Mema Daisy