Our theme for this month of Sunshine and Thunderstorms is...
Today I would talk to you about joy, but I haven't been feeling very joyful lately. While I'm thankful for what I have and who I am, joy seems to be lacking. I've found myself these past two months being frustrated more than anything else. Frustrated with my circumstances, yet at the same time I don't seem to be in a big rush to undergo another life change anytime soon. Life change takes a lot out of a person, especially if you are like me and dislike undergoing major life transitions.
I realized the other night what may be the root of all my frustration. I realized that I was looking to other people to encourage me and fill my heart up. I may have even expected it of some of them. This is where I fell down. Instead of abiding in Christ and asking him to help me as I deal with my circumstances, seeking HIM to fill my heart up, I sought this from my family and friends and found myself frustrated and disappointed at their failure to make my heart full.
Something I've learned during my years living away from my family is that I am really good at seeking God when the people who mean the most to me are far away, but when I finally come home, the distractions of comfort consume me and I start to spend less time seeking God and reading his word. This is a pretty dangerous place to be at because "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8) And I know that when I am not watching for him, he is surly watching me all the closer.
For that reason, I ask you to join me this month in being extra-intentional about seeking God. It is my hope that you will take time to listen to God with me, pealing open his word piece by piece, in order to learn the mysteries within that teach us how to live (love) better.
Let's find our Joy by seeking Christ.
1 Peter 5:6-11