Finding True Joy

It’s 3:30am and I’m in the middle of another long night. This colder weather is doing my broken body no favors. You would think by now I would be used to this pain. This throbbing, shooting, alaching pain just won’t go away. After awhile you just can’t ignore how nauseous it makes you feel.

Even still, I’ve been having some good moments. I value the little things so much more than before this pain. I’m grateful for any quality times with family and friends. I’m grateful to do anything or go anywhere. Shoot, I’m grateful just to get out the bed.

There’s no doubt satan intends to use this pain to steal my joy. After all, this struggle does affect every area of my life. However, Jesus is teaching me how to have real joy. Joy that’s not dependent upon how I feel. Joy that’s not focused on the level of my pain, but God’s purpose through it alI. I truly believe God is using my pain to increase the fullness of my life. God is using me to help others find true joy through their pain.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life,and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

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