|With my Pammy at the Botanical Conservatory!|
I feel like life is a lot like a spiritual roller coaster sometimes. Emotions get so easily tangled up in my outlook on life, so in the space of only ten minutes I can feel on top of the world, in the depths of despair, and completely detached from everything. But joy isn't supposed to depend on life situations; its something that I can choose, every minute of every day.
|Our Youth Night boys surprised us on Valentine's Day! We are SO loved!|
I think a part of choosing joy, is also choosing to give thanks in everything. And, I think thats where part of the problem comes in: I can't always find a reason to be thankful for the hard things. But he didn't say to only thank him when it makes sense.
|With one of the awesome guys that blessed us!|
"Always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~Ephesians 5:20, NCV
So my challenge now becomes to say "thank you" for the hard things, with no expectation for them to become good things by my standards of what is best. To lean into the hard and frustrating, with the assurance that in my weakness, he is made stronger. He is glorified and praised, and more and more honor is given to his holy name.
I am so blessed to have such a great example of this in people like my Pammy, Connie, and others at TCF and in my FW church family at GC. Last Saturday night's sermon really blessed me and challenged me in some hard things. A few of you have asked for links to our church's sermons, so here is last weekend's for you. And a little bonus...if you listen all the way to the end, Pastor Eric mentions Connie...just throwing that bit of info out there. :) It's the "Cold, Coward, and Christian" sermon, second one down.