Seven Reasons to be Joyful

person-690112_1280Writing hasn’t been coming easy the last couple of weeks.  Not sure what that’s all about since things in my spirit are soaring.  So, just for today, I’m going to part from my normal format and tell you why I’m excited, looking forward to the days ahead and feeling joy at all the prospects.

1)  I know that my God loves me beyond all I can hope, think or imagine.

2)  In spite of the fact that there are issues going on in my life in which I can’t see the end, I know that God is working them all out to have a good outcome.

3)  I just learned (or better, just realized) that I walk in an open heaven all the time!  By open heaven, I mean that I have access to all things heavenly, my Father hears my cries, and He is willing to help me in every situation if I will lean into His understanding and be patient for Him to work it all out.  Additionally, I am a favored child of God, so when I ask Him how He wants me to respond to any situation, He will answer me.  My job is to listen and take risks.

4)  I am living during the time period I am best suited for.  God could have had me be born into any other time period in history — but He didn’t.  So that means I’m here for this time, in this place, to act on His behalf.  In other words, I am here for such a time as this in spite of my own doubts about that truth!

5)  I have lived long enough to witness the “coincidences” of life and to realize there are no such things as coincidences.  Each and every coincidence was orchestrated by my Father in heaven, often for reasons I have not seen the answers to yet.  It makes life a mystery and yet satisfying because He promises to work out all the mysteries to my good!

6)  I am alive, have a sound mind, a relatively healthy body, and a promising future.  I have been blessed with a wonderful husband, and an incredible son.  My son in turn chose an amazing wife and together they have pursued God all the way through their lives and are now sharing Him with their three beautiful children, my grands.  What more can I ask for?

7)  Is my life perfect?  Far from it.  I’ve had to give up and repent of many sins and mistakes through most of my life.  It’s taken me far too long to mature into the ways of Christ, but thankfully I think I’m getting it now (I hope that’s not being presumptuous Lord!).  I’ve tripped and fallen flat on my face so many times, I cannot number them.  But, through it all, I’ve been able to get back up, dust myself off (often with the help of loving members of the body of Christ) and keep on walking with my Lord.  No, not so perfect, but I’m amazed at what He’s doing in and through my life.

And there you have it.  Seven reasons to be joyful today.  And I am!  Many blessings on your day and may you too find your own seven reasons to be joyful today…and the rest of the week.

5 thoughts on “Seven Reasons to be Joyful

  1. I’ve been busy lately, so missed this earlier. Now I’m trying to clean up my e-mail box of all the ‘loud’ calls trying to force me into the ‘loud crowd’ of so-called writers. I’ve unsubscribed many of those voices. Your voice is a ‘still, small voice’ echoing the whisper of the Almighty who is ever present in our lives and guides us in the paths He chooses.
    This is one of the songs I chose for a recent celebration:

    Thanks to God for my Redeemer,
    Thanks for all Thou dost provide!
    Thanks for times now but a memory,
    Thanks for Jesus by my side!
    Thanks for pleasant, balmy springtime,
    Thanks for dark and stormy fall!
    Thanks for tears by now forgotten,
    Thanks for peace within my soul!
    .Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered,
    Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
    Thanks for storms that I have weathered,
    Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
    Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure,
    Thanks for comfort in despair!
    Thanks for grace that none can measure,
    Thanks for love beyond compare!
    Thanks for roses by the wayside,
    Thanks for thorns their stems contain!
    Thanks for home and thanks for fireside,
    Thanks for hope, that sweet refrain!
    Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow,
    Thanks for heav’nly peace with Thee!
    Thanks for hope in the tomorrow,
    Thanks through all eternity!

    • Oh Lisa, the song is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing it. And thank you for your kind words of encouragement…I pray my words would never be “loud” nor clanging. Hope all is well in your world!

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