May we remember on this Monday that in His presence is fullness of joy. So today, whether we face suffering, pain, mundane tasks, exciting travels, or moments of quiet, if we are in His presence there is the opportunity to embrace and rest in joy. What a gift.
The underlying foundation of the Christian faith is the undeserved, limitless miracle of the love of God that was exhibited on the Cross of Calvary; a love that is not earned and can never be.
The things we try to avoid and fight against— tribulation, suffering, and persecution— are the very things that produce abundant joy in us.
A saint doesn’t know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it. Paul said, “I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation” (2 Corinthians 7:4).
The undiminished radiance, which is the result of abundant joy, is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can change. And the experiences of life, whether they are everyday events or terrifying ones, are powerless to “separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). -Oswald Chamber, Utmost for His Highest, excerpts from March 7
My everyday normal of the past
And though these days may seem less fulfilling or exciting to some, the gift of abundant joy is equally available in His presence. I have so much to learn about joy!
The list of one thousand gifts continues:
845. Grandma coming over to play with Caedmon
859. Messy piles to conquer
861. Music! An amazing part of life.
874. Learning to trust you, Lord
876. Learning more and more about parenting every day
884. How Caed loves me to read to him- could sit for hours
888. Baby story time at the library