JOY! JOY! JOY!

What brings you joy?

This is one of my FAVORITE questions to answer!
What brings me joy?
-Twinkling lights
-A warm cozy blanket
-A cup of coffee
-A good book
-My favorite pajamas

Yesterday was the Sunday of Advent where we celebrate joy. This has always been my favorite Sunday of the Advent season. As a child, I was fascinated with the fact that on this particular Sunday the candle on the Advent wreath broke away from the crowd with the most perfectly pink shade.

As we celebrate the joy the earth experienced at the birth of Jesus, may we remember the joy Christ has given us by working and moving in our lives each and every day. This does not mean each day is a great day. In fact, you may be at a place in your life where you have more bad days than good. However, we can still find joy in Christ

who is our Savior
who covers us with the peace of His presence during the most chaotic moments
who showers us with grace when we make mistakes offering us up mercy
who gives us the little and large blessings each day in our lives.

This year as you find yourself in the waiting

waiting for things to get back to normal
waiting for healing
waiting for an answer
waiting for redemption

may you be the rose candle that stands out among the crowd.

May you model what it looks like to find joy in Christ in the midst of (you fill in the blank here).

Go ahead, fascinate those around you!
Baffle them!
Astonish them!
Be a light!

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

Philippians 4:4

2 thoughts on “JOY! JOY! JOY!

  1. Well, hearing from you on this rainy Wednesday when I finally got a chance to catch up on email, brings me joy. Thanks for staying in my inbox with great reflections. Obviously my grandson is the brightest joy in my life right now. I praise God for his peace and joy provided during this time on waiting on so many things.

  2. I agree with Cheryl. My greatest joy is also my grandchildren! I was with one last night for our “ Christmas “ and will be going to church with the other two Christmas Eve and staying over with them. Today when I left my grandson ( daughter’s child), I couldn’t help but cry with joy for the gift of him and his cousins.🥰

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