At the beginning of the year I chose "JOY" as my word for the year! (See HERE for why I chose "JOY"). And as we bloggers do, I am testing to see where I am on my path to seeking and being filled with the JOY of the Lord.
So what has made me JOYful of late?
Another situation we are in is that my husband is supporting a family member financially and he decided despite how this person cannot see all that is transpiring in the family, to continue to do so to honour this person as per the Word and more importantly to honour the Lord. But this person has since hurt us again. We did not want to continue supporting them and continue being kicked in the teeth. Then a Godly friend reminded us not to return evil for evil. We prayed about our attitude and chose to continue to support this person in obedience to the Lord! The scripture that confirmed this is 1 Peter 3 v 9: Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God] - that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection]. And JOY? JOY came from choosing obedience!
These are just two situations in which I am noticing JOY! I believe the Lord is showing me that choosing HIS way, brings JOY! Choosing to trust Him, have faith when we step out, and choosing Obedience to His Word, all these things bring JOY! And before you realize, there is a JOY growing inside! Hmmm, this I can get used to.
Join me in finding JOY daily while seeking The Lord's Way!