i am really enjoying this choosing joy gig. my perspective on a lot of things has radically changed in the past few days… gotta remember this so when this little documenting experiment is over i don’t fall back into the trap of joylessness—okay that’s super dramatic, i don’t think i was totally joyless before this started, but definitely not choosing the joy of the Lord every day.

on that note, today i’m choosing joy today because God is who He says He is. we don’t always get to see why God does things the way He does—i think that’s the beauty of faith. but this past weekend i got to see why God chose to allow something that seemed so hurtful, to come to light now and not sooner. He doesn’t always give us the chance to see immediately why He allows pain and heartache, and i trust when He doesn’t allow me to see the ‘why’ there is a greater purpose at work. but man, when He does let me see, i can’t help but be full of JOY!!

i’m choosing joy today because in the midst of hurt and pain, His greater plan is at work and this past weekend i was able to empathize with someone i dearly love as i could never have before without having gone through it myself. what is an even greater joy is that now i know how to pray specifically for this dear one, because i know what it feels like.

2 corinthians 1:3-4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.