Reserve Joy!

Reserve Joy!

16 November 2020

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

I know that many of us are trying to hold on to what sanity and joy they have left.  I have talked to many people that they are trying to find joy in this season.  We are restricted due to an out-of-control pandemic, we have had months of civil unrest, political difference continues, and now we are left to “celebrate” the holidays.  Due to the pandemic, many of us will skip traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions for a smaller scale and fewer people celebrations.  This morning I found myself feeling down, and you know, the conniving devil he was trying to pull me down that familiar dark road that leads to that pit.  As I sit typing this with tears in my eyes, I want to tell you this: I AM NOT HAVING IT!!!

Shake it OFF!

Don’t fall for it!

DON’T LOSE HOPE!

THERE IS STILL JOY!

You may need to reach deep inside and borrow from your reserve joy.  We all have it!  Trust me. I have borrowed from my reserve joy many times over the years.  Reserve joy is the joy that Jesus has rooted deep in your soul. 

It’s the moments that you smile in the midst of tears, or you laugh stead of screaming.

For me, it is knowing that no matter how I hurt, feel, or think at that time, GOD is always with me, surrounding me, and if no one else loved me, I knew that GOD loved me!

It’s knowing that I am never alone because HE is with me. 

It is knowing that whatever I am going through in my life, there is Joy!

JESUS JOY!

There is always a blessing in the storm.

No matter how bleak it may seem

No matter how hard it gets

No matter who says what… HE IS THERE, the GREAT I AM!

Do what will make you happy!

IF it brings you joy, put up your Christmas decorations early… but put them up! 

Cook your favorite foods on the holidays and have a Zoom or FaceTime dinner and games with family and friends.  I know that we are Zoomed out, but it is only for a SEASON. 

This too shall pass.

I want you to dig into your reserve joy; it’s there!  Dig deep!  I want you to bring back the sparkle in your eyes and your soul.  I want you to encourage your family members and friends to do the same. 

We will get through this, and we will survive and thrive!  Call or contact me. I have some reserve Joy that I am willing to share!

I don’t have it all together.  Trust me, I have my days and moments, but I refuse to give in to anything the enemy is trying to execute! Even my own thoughts!

A friend posted this on Facebook today:

In case no one told you today:

You’re beautiful

You’re love

You’re needed

You’re alive for a reason

You’re stronger than you think

You’re gonna get through this

I am glad you’re alive

DON’T GIVE UP!

I am going to add JESUS loves you, and so do I!

You’ve got this/We’ve got this!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!

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