Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
These three short commands have been a source of great strength and inspiration to me.
When the pressure of life is on, they put wings to my soul!
Rejoice in hope… I love the Greek word for rejoice! It's so regal! Χαίρομαι. Have you ever thought about how rejoicing in something enables you to transcend circumstances? What does it mean to rejoice in hope? Our great hope is living with our Lord Jesus Christ for eternity in His kingdom. This hope is not a wish, like when we say, “I hope it’s a nice day on Saturday.” No, it's a certainty! God has promised and will deliver!
Doesn’t it arouse your deepest longing to think of living in God’s Kingdom, with no more suffering, injustice, and death?
In the coming age we’ll no longer have to struggle with evil from others or our own sinful nature! When this hope becomes real to us, it will improve our perspective more than falling in love!
Be patient in suffering . . . If I have patience, then I will continue on the path God has given me, even if I have to endure hardship. In other words,
I won’t quit!
Luke 8:15 speaks of those who “bring forth fruit with patience” (KJV). The NIV translates this same phrase “by persevering produce a crop.” So, those who are patient are those who persevere in a godly path through the long, hard days as well as the bright, sunny ones. Persevere in prayer . . . I remember praying for years that we would find a home in a certain location, our kids would be well, go to a certain school, for healing, His guidance as I pursued my ministers liscense, for my marriage, AGAINST depression and anxiety.... Even though I often fall short in how much I pray,
it is critical we pray.
Our prayer may help someone break through into a wonderful new realm that God has prepared for them. Just think, maybe it’s our prayer that gets them through! Other types of prayer, like conversing with and giving thanks to God, are also invaluable so that we can pour our hearts out to God, hear God’s wisdom, and give thanks for the good things.
Thought for the day:
Today I will Χαίρομαι in eternal life with Jesus Christ, be patient in the hard times, and pray earnestly and joyfully!
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
*The scent of a new book *Hands interlaced, his shoulder
Her hair soft and thin in my hands. Our conversation flowing, her favorite hymns playing in the background. Shampoo, clip, color and curl. She laughs and tells me stories of old. Each time I rush less and absorb more. She is priceless. The last bobby pin in place, she stands slowly to turn and touch my face. Eyes moist..."You mean more to me than you know." Once again submitting to the moment, savoring it with eyes open. As I've said before, It's not the concert nor the applause, but that silent powerful lilting moment of the in between. Thank You Lord!
As we approach Valentines Day and I ponder my love relationship, I can't help but think of all the awesome, tough, fun, and adventurous times we have had doing life together.
However it's the funny moments that stand out most.
The short sheeting, Putting dog treats in his lunch, finding a plastic roach in my box of fast food, throwing a cold cup of water on him while he showers, him answering the phone and handing it to me like it's an important call, only to realize it's just a phone solicitor, and to this day I continue to load the dishwasher in haphazard manner. As though I'm organizedly (is that a word?) challenged, knowing he being the ultimate organizer, will come show me the correct way of doing it...
EVERY SINGLE TIME!
That's alright though because he incessantly feels the need to find his way into the majority of my photos. He has an embedded photo op GPS. Try as I might to capture precious, memorable, poetic and serious moments with my camera, there it is. I'm sitting with sweaty palms waiting for the motherload to upload, rejoicing with anticipation when I hear the ding and wala.
And THERE HE IS in all his glory IN ALMOST EVERY SINGLE SHOT. Picking his nose, scratching his behind or belly among other things.
One of the great joys of marriage is the time that you, as a couple, spend laughing together and enjoying your sense of humor...all while holding hands and inhaling your childrens birthday balloons.
Take it from these professionals:
Legendary comedian Bob Hope said laughter is an “instant vacation.” Jay Leno says, “You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.” And Bill Cosby says, “If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.”
Certainly it's not possible to be joyful in EvErY situation. I say that with great transparency as I've temporarily misplaced my easy breezy JOY MOJO! We will never have the perfect set of circumstances, in every setting, of our every day lives, however we can still experience joy every single day. Joy is not found in the external....we know that :-) By purposely doing what encourages our spirit, joy will begin to well up on the inside, a joy that does not depend on circumstances.
A SMILE IS CONTAGIOUS...TRY IT.
Wife to a great God fearing man and Mom to two scrumptious children...um teens. I love to laugh and I love the Freedom I have in Christ. He is my every breath. Music runs in my veins and I am a closet writer. By profession I am a RN but there are oh so many things I want to accomplish before I run into His arms.
Summed up...Family, Coffee, girlfriends,loud music, movies and did I mention LAUGHTER!