Sunday, May 22, 2011

Be Joyful in All Things

Mom's pathology report came back. The mass was cancer. It also means she has cancer in another location. The next few months will be spent trying to find the primary site.

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to be Joyful in All Things.

All Things....those two words encompass the good, the bad, and the ugly.

True joy seems to be a hard emotion for many folks. People are certainly happy but joyful...well...that's different.


I'm convinced that true joy walks hand-in-hand with contentment. Contentment comes from a personal relationship with our Savior. Contentment is a fringe benefit our salvation.

However, worry and fear will cloud the joy in our lives. Since I'm a "worrier" by nature, I have to consciously decide to focus on the joy.

Even in the middle of uncertainty and pain, there are brief moments of joy...gentle teasing, spontaneous laughter, sweet memories, and dreams.

Rest in those moments. Rest in the joy. Rest in Him.

This lady is a beautiful writer and her words were a blessing to me this weekend.


Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. The "C" word is so hard to hear and it changes your entire world. I will be praying for ya'll as you begin this journey.

co_heir said...

Amy, how is your mom doing?

Williams Arena said...

co_heir: Not so good. Since I wrote this post, she has developed several blood clots that moved to her lungs and caused a stroke. She was in ICU for 5 days and came home on Friday. She's home this weekend. I spent the day with her yesterday and I'm headed back today. We're praying she'll get stronger each day and her eyesight will return in her right eye. She's been told she won't be able to drive if the eyesight doesn't improve. Thank you so much for asking. Please lift her up in prayer.

Williams Arena said...

Leah: Thank you. It means so much to know that folks are praying.