My Journey to Joy

August 2, 2012


Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
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I can’t remember when I’ve been so happy.  I laugh, many times each day, at my son’s adorable antics.  I smile when I see people succumbing to his charm.  My heart ( and my eyes!) well up with thankfulness just looking at him.  It’s easy to be joyful.

Our family has a creed: Trust Completely, Live Joyfully, Serve Authentically.  Right now those first two are easier to follow than ever before.  We wrote it when they weren’t.  I remember the hard joy.  Years of reminding myself that I had my God and my salvation, and that was reason enough to be joyful. 

 Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls-
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Nathan’s birthmom will not hear him giggle today.  She won’t hear him snore while he naps, or feel his velvety cheek as he snuggles in for cuddles.  She won’t smell his delicious baby smell or see his dimple when he smiles.  I pray she finds Jesus, and the hard joy.

I pray the hard joy for my friend Mandy today.  She’s burying a child this week for the fourth time.  Her precious daughter only had half the time she needed in the womb.  So wanted, so loved, and gone so soon.  I pray she remembers her joy, even while she grieves. 

 Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. — Henri Nouwen

I am so thankful for this happy time in our lives.  I have felt so much relief as prayers have been answered and dreams have come true.  My emotions feel great, but I realize part of what makes this all so special is what we came through to get  here.  It won’t always feel this way.  I plan to enjoy it to the max, but I won’t give up my joy when things get tough.  As Jon Piper says, I will fight for joy!  Be it easy or hard, I choose joy!

I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.  ~Max Lucado


  1. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! So happy for you all!

    Comment by Heidi — August 2, 2012 @ 8:01 AM | Reply

  2. Wow!! Girl, you sure know how to make my eyes leak:). Such a beautiful post, I am so very sorry for your friend Mandy, I will send up prayers for her to find peace during this tragic time in her life and may she find joy as well, this will not happen overnight of course for her she has had this happen too many times for her to just flip a switch and say ok I am all better and I have found peace and joy, this will take a very long time, no matter how strong her faith is because her heart it shattered, she will have to heal that before she can heal her faith inside. There is nothing worse in a parents life than to bury your child, no matter how old that should never happen and she will feel anger, doubt, guilt, and so many other rollercoaster emotions, she is very blessed to have you to lean on. Please give that beautiful boy kisses for me. Love you all.

    Comment by Sarah — August 2, 2012 @ 9:04 AM | Reply

  3. What a beautiful reminder! You have a gift with words. Nathan is truly a wonderful gift and I love him more than words can express!~Mom

    Comment by Sue — August 4, 2012 @ 9:12 PM | Reply

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