Cultivating Joy – Part 3

Morning!

Wow is the wind blowing here!!  It has been at it for two and a half days now… like the kind that makes you stay indoors and be grateful that you are hunkered down so you don’t blow away.

Don’t blow away….

The last couple of weeks I have been refocusing on seeking the Light.  Choosing light over darkness and all those dark branches that creep in and try to overcome the Light.  And then moving on to cultivating joy in the everyday.  Starting with what I have, those precious gifts from God and beginning to do those things that make my lips smile, my eyes brighten, and my soul has began to refill.  Then the Father took my deeper…. asking me to cultivate joy for someone else, to brighten someone else’s day – make their lips smile and their eyes a little brighter.  It has gotten all of my focus off of myself, my circumstances, my life to reach out to others.  (check out my last few blogs if you missed them!)

And today I’m reminded that as I continue to press on, that joy isn’t just a feeling.  It’s not just an emotion that we feel, but a fruit of the Spirit.

~But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

I love that joy is tucked right in there between love and peace.  I believe that it is there for a purpose… because I think when we CAN love because we ARE loved we find joy, joy that comes from the living Spirit inside of us.  His joy.  Real joy.  Solid joy that never leaves, but continually dwells in us.  And when we get that…we have peace.  A peace that we can experience only through Jesus.

Peace in the middle of the storm, in the middle of the dark branches that try to come in and take up space in our lives and cast out the light.  His joy leads us into peace.  A place where we can rest and take comfort.  It is also a place we know we can dwell forever because His Spirit lives in us.  It is our choice to live by it…

It’s like a solid rock…His joy.  A rock that won’t blow away in the wind.

Blessings,

Tana

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