Christ’s Joy – Brewing In Our Souls

May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. – Psalm 119_Joyfulness, may it brew within our souls. In this life, so many people strive for happiness. We seek out hobbies that will ignite our hearts and plan trips to far-off places in order to quench our curiosity.

We figure happiness can be caught in the sights and sounds of something far more attractive and interesting than our everyday lives. But, we miss the joy that comes from the minutes discarded on mundane mornings and typical nights.

We miss the beauty of life. Not the thrill-seeking, adventure prone life; but, the normal obedient one that tends never to get recognition or wide acclaim.

But, child – there is splendor in the diligent routine.

Oh dear heart, like the scripture teaches – our joy comes in the morning. Look to the heavens when you arise and ask for that joy (that only our Maker can give) to fill your lungs and reside in your smile.

Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. – Psalm 30:5

You may feel like you are rising to just a typical day; yet, with God – nothing is typical. You, in fact, are atypical. Created with a purpose unlike any other – you can shine even in the most mundane moments.

Let Christ’s strong herbal nature pervade your body. Allow his Holy Spirit to brew within your soul. May he quicken your heart and bestow on your life – the complete joy of the LORD.

The joy of the LORD moves mountains. No longer search for happiness – for it will never satisfy the soul. Like water to the parched tongue is Christ’s joyfulness to a human spirit.

May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. – Psalm 119:171-173

Rejoice in Him. Drink in his security, provision and guidance. Celebrate everyday obedience. You are light to the nations every single day – whether mountain climbing or quietly worshiping.

Tears, Grief and Joy – Present With The LORD

_Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning._ Psalm 30_5Grief. It feels like a metal weighted door. You try to hold the door wide open – for you need the sunlight to flood your senses; but, the cold door just weighs your arms down.

You strain and grunt with all you have to keep the door open. But it closes with a deep – thud – and leaves you in the darkness of a sterile dungeon with quivering arms.

Losing a well-loved person is difficult. You think of their laughs, smiles and long to hear their voice – just once more. But the absence of that human from this world is stinging.

A deep feeling of loss swims through your veins and sweeps over your soul. Oh, to feel that embrace once more or to see that smile. You’d give anything.

However, it’s important to remember not to wallow in grief. In Christ, we have an everlasting life that cannot be matched by another.

Absent from the body and present with the Christ. That reality is a sparkling gem that can offer so much joy and clarity in a time of what seems like bottomless tears.

Through your salty tears, picture that loved one at the feet of the King of Kings! Ears ringing with the melodic voice of the Savior, and skin supple with the moistness of new life.

A fragrant breath in their lungs, they are at peace; and dance in the throne room of the brightest beacon. No more pain, no more fear, no more struggles.

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

It’s hard: but, try to dig your feet out of the cement of sadness that hinders you from moving forward. Let those tears transform into strength. Allow the words of our Creator encourage and dry your eyes today. He went before you to prepare a place for you (John 14:2).

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Written in remembrance of my grandmother, Billie Rose Willingham – and the hope that we shall see each other again in the presence of the LORD.