It is good for me that I have been afflicted. Whatever may have been the form of affliction, it was good for me. The design was benevolent; the result has been my own benefit. This will be the experience sooner or later resulting from all the afflictions of the righteous.
-Barnes Notes on the Bible for Psalm 119:71
To paraphrase, any affliction of the righteous will be worked out into benefit, into joy!!
And so, we can thank God for our afflictions! And when we are able to thank God for our afflictions, we sink deeper into the true meaning of JOY.
I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
In accordance, Lord God, I thank You for all of my afflictions. I thank You for times of darkness and of hurting. I thank You because You have worked (and continue working) all these things out for my benefit, Your glory. You are a gracious, loving God. Even in the midst of trial and judgment, I will trust You when You say You are perfectly loving and caring. You are worthy of all our praise.
Where is the joy?
The wife of some pastor guy (:
Is it possible that You just want me to be happy?
Will I let my own self, my own tendency to stress and take everything so darn seriously, steal what could possibly be joy??
I like control. I just don’t realize it because I’m so good at guising that need in holy terms like “conviction” or “waiting.”
But then again, the heart is the seat of evil and I know my own is so easily swayed.
I just want to be obedient!!!!!! And to know what that means!!!!!
But maybe that’s the problem, that second part. I’m so busy trying to figure out what obedience means for the future (again, a holy guise for really just trying to control it), that I’m missing out on obeying right now, this very moment.
Day to day obedience. Hour to hour obedience. Obedience minute to minute!!
And what I’m seeing right now are humility and the extension of mercy/forgiveness.
Hm. Forgiveness and love of rebuke. Asked for those things just a few days ago. If I pray for such things, I shouldn’t be so surprised when opportunities as such arise. Blehh. As with all things, sooo much easier said than done.
But praise God, for in Christ, the old man is dead dead dead! And as PDub says, “We gots the victory in Christ!!” Actually, this deserves a whole quote:
“Stop living defeated lives! We gots the victory in Christ!!!!”
-Pastor Walter (:
ALL PRAISE BE TO GOD!!
Amen. Amen. AMEN!!
Watching: Why Did I Get Married (Kind of crazy, but I liked seeing these [fictional] people working through their issues to make marriage work, when so many other movies teach us it isn’t going to happen), Fair Game (Enjoyed it, but mostly b/c I like history– the actual movie was just okay), and The Accidental Husband (Not too bad, but mostly b/c I’m a sucker for bad rom coms haha)
I wish there were more nights like this. Nights of utter contentment. Of knowing what my purpose in life is. Of worship and of peace.
Gospel joy. What a privilege to know it– what a privilege to be chosen by the King (I mean really… how can it be!?!???).
Listening to: “Here In My Life” by Hillsong United
“Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. Everything to come is meaningless.
You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.”
Thanks, DJK! <3
Watching: Convicted (intense, but enjoyable), RED (fun, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend it), Morning Glory (cute, but wouldn’t necessarily rec it)
Remember Your Creator While Young
So Pet reminded me that I said I’d update on the 10th, but things have been pretty busy lately– I’ve not had a chance to sit down and blog!
And given that it’s 1:26am, now’s not the time either.
In short, however, things are good. No. Things are GREAT! Can’t say I’m head over heels for my life in LA, but I’ve surely found such contentment, peace, and JOY with everything here!
As I headed back from the YA potluck, cruising down the 57 at a nice flat 70 (two speeding tickets later, I’ve finally learned my lesson… or I just don’t think I can stand losing another few hundred dollars to a state that’s going to waste them), I laughed, exclaiming aloud, “God, I’m so happy!” What a pleasant and novel revelation!
Joy comes in the morning, folks! And those who sow in tears will reap with a great shout of joy!! Praise be to God! He is a refuge, a strong tower, a sure foundation, for those who trust in Him.
Will try to update more later. Praise the Lord!!!!
Watching: Wall Street 2 (ehh), An Education (also ehh), Never Let Me Go (great acting, but oh my goodness so eerie/depressing), Twilight: Eclipse (no offense, but what were they thinking?), The Social Network (enjoyed the score– really made the picture work for me; great commentary on a generation that’s more connected than ever), Julie & Julia (cute movie, made me want to cook more often!)… fun week at work! Haha. It’s okay though. Monday=crunch time!