Friday, March 21, 2014

FMF: Joy

There's new pink blooms on the tree just over the other side of the fence.  And in the afternoon, the sunshine hits my face and it finally feels warm.

My feet pound the pavement again, but there's no time I'm shooting for, no exact mileage I have to reach, and Jesus Culture's Rooftops is blaring in my ears.

I sit around the table with my IRL SDG sisters.  There's laughter and FUN! and community.  New and old faces mixed.  Deep friendships and ones that are just beginning to get past the surface.

And then their are those I know who are hurting, whose pain is so fresh and real and raw that I think I could almost touch it tangibly, tender wounds so deep and I cannot stop the bleeding.

There is the long list of things I know I need to do, things I individually love, but collectively make me weary.

There's the anxiety that haunts me some nights and the dreams of my grandmother that tear at my heart.

And then, there is the state of the world, with it's bombs and invasions and poverty.

But I want to be like James when he says this:
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing." James 1: 2-4

Because the joy is in Jesus, in knowing God's got it all.  There is redemption to be found, purpose to be discovered, and love that covers a multitude.

I want to let the joy grow.

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I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

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5 comments :

  1. opportunity for great joy.... chosen, asked for, received or not. That's what I'm learning - over and over again!

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  2. I want to be like James too. I'm discovering that seeing and counting His gifts, and giving thanks, no matter the circumstances truly does allow Joy to continue to grow inside of you. (I'm a little late to read Ann Voskamp's book, but WOW). Beautiful post, Jen.

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  3. Let the joy grow - love it! :) I want to be like James, too, and I know it's still a work-in-progress in me.

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  4. Love the spring flowers. Yes, consider it all joy. Joy does not come from circumstances but the ever-present love of God.

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  5. Yes, "let the love grow...." in spite of the state of the world. Amen!

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