I am sitting here ready to start blogging but suddenly the moment is so big I don’t know where to start. My interests cover quite a few areas…as you will still notice 😉 … and I’m one of those not so patient people who wants to share everything immediately! Since that is not possible, I thought it will be appropriate for me to start with a devotional post. I will still share many creative ideas of all sorts and show you projects I tackle in our house, but the first post I want to dedicate to my Heavenly Father.
Every 1st of January each year, instead of attempting a new years resolution – can you still remember yours 😉 – I pray and ask God for a word and picture for that year. This year I received the word JOY and the picture of a bird (FYI Inyoni means birds in Zulu.) When we look at the word joy we think of good times and laughter. Which is not wrong but if we read in the Bible it tells us to rejoice in good and bad times. While Paul was in jail he wrote in Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again; Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and you minds in Christ Jesus.”
The fact of the matter is that ALL of us goes through trails. Sometimes we feel that the trail to non-trail ratio is 9:1! But if we fall into self pity and anger for each of these ‘trails’ or ‘storms’ in our life, we are going to be very unhappy people. In Proverbs 15:15 (God’s Word translation) it says: “Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” If we can learn to find joy within these difficult times we grow stronger as a person, we grow in faith but we also start enjoying life more! And other people enjoy it a lot more to be around us!!
Finding your joy in the Lord doesn’t mean we need to ignore all the bad stuff and pretend it’s not there, we can share these feelings with Him. I have cried tons of tears before the Lord and never once have I got up without the most amazing feeling of peace that “everything will be ok…” He is there to help us, but we need to reach out to Him.
How can we find our joy in the Lord?
- Be thankful
- Use your talents – I definitely find my joy while I’m painting, or sewing or being creative in a way.
- Be obedient to God’s Word
- Care for others – one of the most effective ways of lifting your spirits, is to do something for someone else without expecting anything in return!!!
Joy is a gift God gives us everyday..it is up to us if we are going to open this gift and enjoy it or bury it under all of our negativity. I hope and pray that you will choose to open it!!!