On Monday night, Julia and I ventured out to a VBS for women. I’d heard it advertised on the radio, and we figured, why not? We really enjoyed the speakers, and I took away two major messages that I am now trying to remind myself of daily.
The first is that JOY is a choice. Some of you may say, “No it’s not – it depends on this and that and these.” But no matter your situation, you can choose to be joyful. And you GET to be joyful when you put your trust in the Lord. If you really trust Him, really know that he has you in His hands, how could you not be joyful?? Well, as humans, we often lose sight of what really matters and get distracted by our circumstances and situations. But it is such a wonderful feeling when we can remember joy is a choice, and God is the source of that joy.
The second message is this: God knows how to get the best out of you. It is so temptingly easy to look around and ask “Why does she have it rough while I have it easy?” or, more frequently, “Why do I have it rough while SHE has it easy?” We compare our situations and ask why a certain circumstance is happening to us today. But it’s because God knows how to get the best out of us. He puts us through the good and the bad because he knows how to shape us in just the right ways.
The main speaker that night was Denise Hildreth Jones, of Reclaiming Hearts Ministries. Another was a woman, a minister, with an incredible story of overcoming an incredible trial. These women were women of strength, who knew their place with God, and knew that joy is a gift given to believers from an incredibly loving Father.