JOY in Hard Places

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One of the beautiful and powerful things God has done in my life over the years is to teach me how to experience and share with others JOY in hard places.

Given my story has been relentlessly challenging for decades, I never expected I could learn to have JOY in the midst of my trials! But oh I have discovered this is so very possible!

When we are humbly and wholly surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ, and when we spend time in the presence of the Lord and engage in a deeply intimate personal relationship with Him through prayer, praise, worship, seeking Him, reading the Bible, hearing Him, and obeying Him, living for Him and to glorify Him, we can experience unimaginable and unfathomable JOY as we abide in Him.

Abide? Believe in Jesus as Lord, turn to Jesus as Lord, trust in Jesus, rest in Him, look to Him, hope in Him, put your expectation in Him, spend time alone with Him, focus on Him, learn from Him, cry out to Him, hear and obey and serve Him, experience and enjoy Him!

In all seasons of our lives, the easy ones and the hard ones, in any season at all, IN JESUS we can have JOY. And may those around us see the LOVE and LIGHT and HOPE and JOY of Jesus as we walk hand in hand with Jesus down the pathway He sets before us! Amen!

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms 16:11 NKJV

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV

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