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A Journey Of Rekindling Joy // Featured Writer Rosann Cunningham — 8 Comments

  1. Loved reading your post today! Thank you for sharing your words on Barbie’s blog!

    I could certainly relate to so much of what you mentioned going through: loss of job; medical issues (on top of loss of health benefits); so many changes…

    And through it all, YES, He was there! I don’t know that (back then) I’d say I found JOY in any of it; but there WERE times when I did see the blessings – and, according to Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” – Grace + Thanksgiving = JOY! So through it all, we keep receiving His Grace, giving Him thanks for it all, and receive JOY unmeasurable!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Oh, how I wish I knew God during some of my most bitter days! If only I had known the truth you discovered: God is the Constant in our everyday struggle. He never changes. He is always present. I can only imagine the comfort I could’ve felt. Fortunately He is patient and forgiving. Now I can feel the joy because I have hope! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Amen, Carrie! God never leaves our side. We just sometimes don’t know or think to look TO Him when all we can see or feel is our fear and the crisis in front of us. I’m so happy to hear you know God now and have found your joy. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lux! Just knowing I’ve made a commitment to journal about it that evening helps keep me accountable to seek it throughout the day. I’m sure if I stopped journaling about this journey I would find that it has actually become habit to seek joy every day.

  3. Great post, and some wonderful insights. More than anything, I am learning from my present circumstances (terminal illness, and pain beyond the reach of morphia) that:

    1) Joy is a choice.
    2) The capacity for Joy is increased by service.

    I write a blog that has had a long-running – and possibly, now permanent theme of how a caregiver can best survive caring for a dying spouse. And my wife and I have a sanctuary for abandoned and abused dogs.

    Most of the ‘quality time’ I have left (as in, able to move…I do not remember being pain-free) is thus dedicated to others, and that is what keeps me happy, and keeps me alive.

    • Andrew, thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and a piece of your story. I will for sure check out your blog! And I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I love that you mention your joy being increased by service. That is one area I have not fully journaled about yet. While I do happily serve in a variety of ways, I don’t often stop to think about how I would feel if I wasn’t able to serve as a result of extenuating circumstances or physical limitations. So yes, I can most definitely see the blessing and joy that comes from being able to serve and love others and how that breathes life into my very being. I appreciate how your note really opened my eyes to that. 🙂

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