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Crocus of Joy

As I was walking in the warm sunshine (woohoo) on my way home from work, I came across these beauties.

And my first thought after….Ahhh! YAY! Crocuses!….was crocus of joy. I always associate crocuses with rejoicing because of the beginning of Isaiah 35…

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.

The crocuses reminded me to choose joy today. So I’m spreading their message.

Point to ponder while you wander…

Joy is a choice.

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” Martha Washington

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Rejoice

God is a faithful God. He never fails to keep His word. So why do we doubt?

Fear? Frustration in how long it’s taking? We’re tired? Impatience? Listening to other people instead of God?

How about trying something new? Rejoicing in the promise before it comes to pass! When you feel tired, afraid, or frustrated, just thank Him for His faithfulness and have a lil dance party with Him. Focus on the goodness of God. Focus on how much He loves you.

“Be glad, Zion mountain; Dance Judah’s daughters! He does what He says He’d do!” Psalm 48:11 MSG

Rejoice even before the promise manifests! If God said it–then it’s already done! Rejoice in His faithfulness!

Delight and Rejoice in Truth

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” I Corinthians 13:6

Delight here refers to someone who is euphoric or overjoyed.  Evil refers to an injustice or something that is bad.  Rejoice is the same word as delight.  It’s about being pumped for your life about seeing the truth prevail.

This verse is a serious heart check:  What’s your reaction to something bad happening to someone you don’t like or someone who has hurt you?  How about when something good happens to that person? 

We’ve all been hurt.  But doing a happy dance when someone else’s world gets rocked or their ship is sinking is unacceptable.  It is also not okay to be stomping your feet and screaming about how unfair it all is when someone else’s life is sailing smooth. 

Love says we are to encourage those who are down and pray for them.  Love says we are to rejoice when others are blessed.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”  Matthew 5:44-46