JOY – GOD’s GIFT – Changes Lives

Good Morning

Something to think about

                                                         New Beginnings    

    An old soldier, many years ago, told a story of how God gave him Divine Strength to carry on, all because of a moment of unexpected and heart searing JOY.

On a battle-field amid incredible death and sorrow he crawled into his meagre tent in the barracks in the desert.  His water bottle fell over in the night and when he rolled out of the tent, he saw….a wet patch and a tiny green shoot poking through the sand.    Using a little more of his precious water, he watered this shoot.   When he returned that night from a fierce battle, the tiniest little desert flower had bloomed in the midst of the carnage all around. (It would not have been like the picture above) BUT in that soldier’s heart he suddenly KNEW…whether he lived or died his Lord was the Lord who LIVED and all life was in His Hands.   ‘Joy flowed’ he testified. ‘like a river of life through me and courage rose to  “do my best. Whatever!’     God’s Joy is not happiness.    It is DEEPER.  It is not conditional upon our external circumstances

Contented and Happy could be this kitten.

happy kitten

 

To be a joy-bearer and a joy-giver says everything, for in our life, if one is joyful, it means that one is faithfully living for God, and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others one is doing God’s work; with joy without and joy within, all is well.   (with our souls).     Janet Erskine Stuart

Blessings! Peace! and His Joy to you!.

About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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