Sisters in Spirit is a series of blog posts by a group of women who felt that a spiritual perspective was lacking from the steady stream of news and information that flowed through their daily lives. They each agreed to carve out a space on their blogs on a monthly basis for a spiritual conversation. The topic this month is: Joy as an Act of Faith.
This verse has been near to my heart this past 4 weeks because the hubs is going through a transition at work that is requiring all that he’s got – time, energy, creativity, efforts, physical strength… His entire being is being tested and tried.
Before this journey began he told me he decided to choose some Scripture to hold tight to during what he expected to be a very rough season. He chose these verses and shared them with me a few nights before we found out the news. He said he wanted to choose JOY no mater what the outcome of this opportunity was. He wanted to have a thankful heart because he knows that all that he has is given to him from God. We’d been in this place before – the past 4 years to be exact.
This was his 4th time to be considered for this promotion, but it was the first time he really entered the field with rooted joy, with thanksgiving before the giving.
The afternoon we found out was a mixture of excitement and terror – the unknown of what the next 6 weeks would hold, and ultimately how this new position would affect our lives. In a brief moment of conversation we had that day, he told me that right before he was given the news he was reciting the verse in his head.
His godly wisdom was preparing him to sail rough waters.
I look up to my husband and have grown to love him even more for how he is handling this season. Every night before he goes to bed he thanks God for the day – troubles and failures and all. He is choosing to live in JOY as an act of FAITH that God is using this time to mold him, to shape him, to allow him to grow in Christlikeness. This act of being joyful in all circumstances is a choice, it doesn’t come easy and there are days he is mentally and physically pushed to his limit, maybe even beyond his limit. It is in those times that his inner joy is a testimony of the power of Christ to overcome anything.
A thankful tongue is the overflow of a joyful heart.
Choosing joy no matter what is a symbol of strength and faith that God is for you. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to show the world the great Hope we have in Christ. This is a testimony to your faith.
Joy shows faith that God is on your side; faith that He will never leave you or forsake you – even in the midst of the fire. The world tells us happiness is something to be bought or attain, that we can lose it depending on external circumstances. Joy is different. Joy is always present, it’s rooted internally and manifests itself as a peaceful and calm spirit.
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
It is my hope that you know the deep satisfaction of joy in all things. That you will abide in the presence of God and find joy in Him. That in all things you will choose joy because it doesn’t just happen.
We must choose joy, and keep choosing it every day.
You have a choice. What will you choose today?
I hope you continue this conversation by reading and commenting other perspectives on Christianity with my other Sisters in Spirit. Become part of the conversation:
Kelli is a United Methodist. She is a writer and public health advocate. An Arizona native, who recently returned home , Kelli lives with dog, Willie Nelson Mandela, who runs the show. She blogs at: www.africankelli.com
Sarah is municipal attorney, mom to a toddler boy, and United Methodist’s pastor’s wife. (She does not play the organ.) She is a life-long Missouri girl with a heart for hospitality and social justice. Sarah enjoys cooking, running, knitting and embroidery, reading, and playing in the sprinkler. Sarah blogs atwww.beautyschooldropout.net
Rhonda is an attorney and native of Missouri. She is known for being overly-emotionally invested in her three, elderly dogs and dabbling in a ridiculous amount of hobbies, including sewing, music, and writing, while mastering none. She was baptized in her late twenties and is amazed and grateful that Jesus continues to put up with her. She blogs at bigsnafu.com.