2016 was a rough year for a lot of people, including me. Life was rarely easy during the year, and I battled constantly with a poorly recovered immune system, which kept me from being as active as I have been in the past. I had to let a lot of things go, both socially and emotionally.
However, even with the difficulties, there was joy.
Joy was a constant. Even on the worst days, deep inside my heart Joy glowed like a candle in a darkened window. Throughout the year, the LORD showed me just what joy was. That it wasn’t necessarily something others could see all the time. It wasn’t always an outward action or expression. Joy really was just part of me. It was part of being alive, of being a daughter of the One True King. Joy came from waking up each day, even on ‘bad’ days. It came from smiles, and laughter, warmth and safety. It came from good books, and children bickering.
Joy came because Jesus died so that we could live.
So as this year ends, I pray each and every one of you find that little flame inside you and understand just what joy means to you.
Blessings in the New Year,