Little mister spent his Thanksgiving visit imitating Rev. It was so cute watching Tanner posture Rev’s stance and eat off his plate. They played together and watched a movie side by side on the couch. He is an equal opportunity grandson, so I was blessed with lots of cuddles and giggles too.
The holiday was practically perfect, until everyone settled down for the night and my thoughts which began by counting blessings veered off to losses and missed loved ones.
Do you ever struggle with happiness-robbing thoughts?
What do you do when losses and sad memories take over?
- miss those who are absent?
- are ill?
- are lacking?
- want more?
- want restoration?
- are lonely?
The holidays can be filled with conflicting emotions of happiness and sadness.
The Season of Joy
Kay Warren wrote a book titled, Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough. At Daily Hope, she wrote . . . “I thought joy meant feeling good all the time. That’s impossible.” She added the following definition of joy from her study of Scripture:
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.
As you and I pass through the remaining weeks of 2012, tinsel and twinkling lights, parties and presents will not turn our sad realities into permanent happiness.
God created us with emotions. They are part of who we are and how we experience life.
He also created us for joy.
Joy is who we are, because of who He is.
The Psalmists understood joy, almost one-third of all the verses which speak of joy are found in the Book of Psalms.
I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things You have done.
I will be filled with joy because of You. I will sing praises to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever. Psalm 16:11
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love.
For You have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. Psalm 59:16
Joy for more than a season
Will you join me and choose joy?
Because God is:
- our safety and strength.
- our future and hope.
- unfailing love, mercy and grace.
- always present and in control.
- Father, Savior, and Spirit of Truth.
Choosing joy will not make the days ahead blissful;however, it will help us recognize the truth of our circumstances and emotions with faith-filled trust and hope.
I will continue to pray about those I’ve lost and miss, but I will do so under a covering of the Lord’s joy.
Father, thank you for making joy a reality of faith. A gift given to us by Your Holy Spirit. Cover us with the power of Your love when we are in need and our hearts are hurting. Fill us with strength, peace, and hope. We praise You and rejoice in Your faithful care and presence. You are our all in all forever and always. Amen.