Yup, joy. This is an early birthday present to myself to remind me minute by minute. I bought it from Lora, who made it to order, but also has a great shop.
I fell in love with Jesus more than twenty years ago. (My first year of college for the curious!) He has given me great joy. But somehow, over the course of the last couple of years, I have lost it--the joy, but not the love :0).
Not every year, but many years I have asked the Lord to show me a heart issue I needed to work on. Not really a resolution. More of an openness to let Him change me, permanently. Guess what, I haven't done it in a couple of years!!! (There might be a connection there...)
So I have asked Him to give me my joy back. He let me know that He would LOVE to!! YAY!!!!
Then in the shower one day,----sometimes that is the only quiet time I get----He reminded me of this verse:
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4
That is when I realized that I am probably going to get more than what I bargained for this year! This may be worse than praying for patience!! LOL!! I do have to admit that the "not lacking anything" part gives me great hope. I think that it is a promise. I know that I need it.
So, I may just be giving you all a joy update every now and then along with my quilty recess.
Just want to leave you with a great comfort that I have found. Jesus said:
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15: 9-12
Just another good promise in there!