For my friends on the northern side of the hemisphere, happy Autumn. 😉
Last year, I wrote a great deal of articles for Purity People on the
meaning of Spring in our lives, especially pertaining to purity. I
really feel like sharing some of it here, but I want to keep you all
in suspense as I hope to write a fresh article on that for Feelin’
Feminine soon. So check in there sometime.
But I still have a few thoughts…
Gosh, life can get hard sometimes. Ever had those days when you just
wish that everything could come to a complete standstill, so that you
can just stop, think and take a deep breath and let out all the tears
I sure have. God didn’t promise us roses all the time.
Perhaps He did – don’t roses have thorns? (I’ll do some research on
this concept and post about it later. It just suddenly crossed my
Last night, I was thinking about the joy I have in my heart. Simply
because I’m a child of God. That’s why I’m joyful. Not happy, but
The Christian life doesn’t come with non-stop joy. But I’ve come to
realise that God will give us sufficient strength to get through the
hard times, and what’s what I call real joy.
It’s an inner peace and contentment that God is there, I can always
run to Him, and He WILL come to my aid. He promised us.
But here’s something to think about… are we joyful even in those hard
times? Can you still smile at your little siblings when they’ve just
sucked your headphones for the past 10 minutes? Can you still smile
when your father asks you to feed to animals when you’ve just about
broken your back bending over in getting an energetic 3 year old out
of the bath? Can we still count it all joy when we are laughed and
scoffed at when we tell a young person the ridiculously wonderful
truth that we don’t date? Can we still smile when an
unpleasant-smelling beggar asks you for something to eat, and all you
have is your two sandwiches which you bought with the last few rands
in your purse?
I’ve made a commitment to God that I will strive to be joyful in all
things. It’s not easy, but didn’t God say that we will not be tempted
above what we can bear, because when temptation comes, He will also
give us a way of escape? Very often, the escape route is joy.
2 Samuel 6 is a beautiful illustration of this joy. A number of verses
in the chapter emphasize the joy that David was experiencing and how
he spilt out his joy before the Lord, unashamedly.
There’s too many verses to quote, but do yourself a favour and go and
read that chapter.
Here’s another beautiful thought: along with joy, comes humility. In
verse 20, Michal confronted David and said that his behaviour was
inappropriate before the slave girls. David replied and said that he
will be joyful before the face of the Lord and that he will humble
himself even lower than the slave girls.
This is just so striking for me, and so contradictory. But it’s true,
if you’re humble, you’ll be joyful.
Have you ever noticed how sad proud people are? It’s as if they are
discontent with everything. And we never seem to make the conclusion,
but now, it just hits home to me.
These are just some random thoughts. I didn’t put a lot of effort into
writing this post as I usually do with most of the others, but it’s
just been so heavy on my heart lately.
Being joyful in all things, at all times, and be joyful in humility.
It’s a choice that we make. During the hard times, joy doesn’t come
automatically. No, you choose to be joyful. “I know my feelings are
saying this, but I CHOOSE to be joyful before the Lord.”
Your feelings will always follow your will. If you guide your will be
to joyful, your feelings will follow. It’s hard to believe that, but
it’s a very comforting thought – we can control our feelings.
On that note, I remember that I need to post about something else that
I’ve wanted to write about for some time. Those of you who have
personal contact with me, please remind me. It’s important. 🙂
Happy Spring (Autumn) “and whatever day it is on your side of the globe” day! 😀