It’s Time For Joy!

 

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Last night I was looking on Facebook and found this picture and I know I laughed out loud for at least 10 minutes. Laughing is so comforting and powerful in my life. I never thought despite my circumstances that I could ever laugh again. After Scott passed away, I asked God Would I ever experience happiness again? Would I ever have fun again? God has answered that prayer for me. The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is my strength. I guess that means that to be happy with God you can be strong. Our happiness with God makes me stronger in other areas of my life. Today I found a journal that I’ve written 20 years ago. I was amazed at my thinking at that time. A lot has changed in 20 years but my core appears to be the same. I’ve always loved God and desired direction from him. I have always loved people and wanted to find a way to help. I’ve always appreciated a good relationship and I see how God answered my prayer for 2 years later I met Scott. I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I did!

Beauty For Ashes

Today is Thanksgiving and for many of us it can tend to be difficult to see the blessings. There’s always blessings behind the pain!! Whatever situation you’re in that situation can be worse. Even though it’s difficult to see the the light in the darkness of a situation we must be assured that the light is still there. Each night I come to God thanking him for the 14 years that I shared with my husband. I have so much gratitude it is sometimes difficult to be sad. For me gratitude and Thanksgiving transcends sadness. Today I am thankful for the family that I have here I am thankful for an opportunity to enter into a new season of life I am thankful that God will be with me each step of the way as I walk in this new season. I trust God that this season Will contain joy fulfillment and grace!Thank you God for giving me beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61-3)

Lord Help Me Do This Right

I recently returned from San Antonio  Texas where I attended a Joyce Meyer conference. There was so many takeaways from my experiences this weekend but I would like to share one at this time. She told  a story of a pastor who lost his wife to cancer. They were married a number of years so the whole experience will be a trying one for him. She shared that he prayed two things. He prayed to God to help him ” do this right” and he prayed that he will not ask why. This was very powerful for me because I have recently lost my husband to cancer so I can really relate to his request. I know sometimes the pain in our lives happen for a reason. Our lives are but lamps for others.  I believe we were chosen  to remain here as a testimony to others that there is joy in the midst of sadness and you can actually find peace in the midst of a storm. Remember God has given us the ability to go through the storm. And once we are on the other side of the storm,  it is our responsibility to reach back and pull others to the other side also. Yes” Lord help me do this right”