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Hello dear ones,

Today I’m continuing my thoughts on joy. As I said yesterday, joy is something we can experience despite the circumstances. Today I still have things distracting me, making me worry and wonder about the future. Just the same, I have a peace and joy that goes beyond explaining. It’s the kind of joy that puts a hint of a smile on my face as I look at the beautiful day God’s given us. It’s the kind of joy that is oh so thankful for the wonderful husband I have. And it’s the kind of joy that knows that God really is in control in this and every situation.

In 2 Corinthians 11-12, Paul discusses all of the calamities that had befallen him as a Christian. He certainly had more reason than me to gripe. But he didn’t. Instead, he delighted in the things that made him weak, because it was at those times that the power of God at work in him could be seen all the more.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Paul delighted in the times that he was weak. He delighted. Can you imagine delighting in hard times? That’s a hard one for me to grasp. But doesn’t delighting sound a lot like finding joy in the hard times? I would argue that they’re much the same.

My prayer today is that I, too, will be able to delight in whatever trouble comes my way. Not because of the trouble, but because of how God will use me and me through the situation.

What about you? What can you find joy in today? Is it a hard situation or easy situation? Can you see what God’s teaching you through it?