I hope my blog makes it evident that I love celebrating life to its fullest, and I have to tell you all about why I can continue to find delight and fun day after day, even in small things. My lasting joy would absolutely is only possible because of the sustained grace bestowed upon me by the Creator of all things bright and beautiful: my precious Savior Jesus is truly the source of my joy in this celebration of life!
Now, you might very well be talking to your screen right now, saying, “Hold it right there, lady! You have no Idea how hard my life is; it’s easy for you to talk about joy with your perfect little life. You get to be at home with your kids, you get to pursue your dream, and you have a means of support. If you were in my shoes, you wouldn’t find life so ‘fun’ or ‘worth celebrating!'”
I can’t deny that many have had -and are having- a much tougher life to find joy in than I have. Some are doing their best to raise their kids alone with little or no support. Some are dealing with persistent medical problems. Some are dealing with the death of dear ones. Some are living with the scars of their pasts. Some would love to have kids but can’t, to have a partner in life, but haven’t found the right one, or don’t know what they’ve been placed on this planet to do, and feel as though they never will. I believe an important part of celebrating everyday life is being real with ourselves and others -including God- about our deepest hurts.
We must also refuse to judge others based on where they are in their journeys (in the same way we wouldn’t want them to judge us). The fact is, some of us are on mountaintops, and some are in valleys, and God weaves His transformative work in each of our lives in distinct and different ways. Just because someone is having a hard time now doesn’t mean that God won’t be bringing them to big things soon, and just because someone’s life appears to be awesome on the surface doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with real struggles that make their lives genuinely hard to live.
So, who am I?
I am the baby who was never supposed to be born, but who was adopted by loving parents (who I am forever grateful for) as an infant. I am the little girl who enjoyed the life of an only child until age 11, when I was joined in sisterhood by my beautiful sister from Cambodia, then by our brother from Cambodia a year later. I am the preteen girl who wrestled with the facts that adoption is a wonderful thing, but that -as many adoptive families know- it comes with its own dynamics and difficulties, and who lost many friends in the midst of these difficulties.
I am the eighteen year old who married my high school sweetheart and never looked back, despite the fact that people thought (and deigned to tell me) that we were crazy.
I am the young woman who lost her very dear 48-year-old mother-in-law suddenly and without warning. Death is a fact of life, but my mother-in-law was a wholly healthy woman whose dreams were just taking off, and who was a single mother of nine, five of whom were still at home. After the tornado of everything that goes along with losing a loved one unexpectedly tore through, with my husband, I became a guardian for two of his teenage bothers, leaving behind the life of tranquil wedded bliss we had enjoyed for almost five years.
My life has gone in so many unexpected directions, and I often did not enjoy them, but God has known what He was doing all along. He knew I needed to be the oldest child in my family, He knew I needed a motivated attitude, and He knew I needed a wonderful husband! I look back on these parts of life with joy now, because I can see how God was preparing me along the way. I praise God every day for weaving the threads of my life, knowing I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (like Paul talks about in Philippians 4:13), and asking Him to give me joy anew each morning!
But what does this mean for you?
I know God longs to give the same joy to YOU! He longs to hear from you; to heal your broken heart, and to reveal his threads of creativity in your life! It is so simple; all we have to do is call on Jesus to save us from the things we have done that have hurt His heart and ask him to be the Lord of our lives, and His angels will sing over us with joy and dancing (Luke 15:10)! Let go of the pains of the past, and let God take you into a bright, exciting future, where you can enjoy your life right where you are as you count on Him to take you exactly where He has planned!
If you have found Jesus to be your source of joy, I would love to dance with you and welcome you to the family of God! Please feel free to contact me through e-mail or Facebook messaging, or by leaving a comment below.
Having resources to count on that give me focus on God really help to boost my joy each day! I have listed some free resources and devotionals -as well as some inexpensive books that I have found to be especially refreshing- below!
If you have any questions on how to make Jesus Lord of your life, this is a great post and a must read!
Now it’s time to learn and take to heart what the Lord says about you (This is a great reminder whether you have been saved for 1 minute or for 50 years)!
A life worth celebrating requires filling up your cup with the joy of Christ! I think the best way to do this is through daily devotions!
An easy-to-understand Bible is vital! Here are some options available on Amazon:
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To me, nothing beats holding a physical devotional book in my hands! Here are some options available on Amazon:
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