Craving Joy? Discover Delight.
The year was 2002 and everything I had expected and hoped for in life was being ripped and stripped from me.
My dream job was slipping out of my hands and I was being mandated into intensive treatment for an eating disorder that I didn’t think I had. The result of this was considerable isolation. In the moment it felt like a crisis that I might not survive. Romans 15:13 came to my eyes and I immediately locked in.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.”
Was it really possible to be filled with joy because of my faith and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit?? With the swirl around me it seemed impossible but I was willing to take the ride in finding out. That day I started signing “With Joy” before my signature on everything. I didn’t do it to be cute or overly spiritual I literally did it to remind my mind of what God’s Word says is true. God took me on a journey of healing in that season. I learned to be a person who finds joy in being still and knowing that God is God and I came to a full and complete understanding of what this verse means in my day to day life.
I can tell you that it is possible to live with joy because of the God of hope! It is! But just because I understand it doesn’t always mean it is easy to walk out….
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