"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials."

The Joy Journey

walkerRecently, I fell and broke my hip.  It hurt really bad.  I ended up in an ambulance and on the operating table.  I have spent the last few day in acute rehab learning to walk and take care of myself.  It has given me time for reflection.

Joy Journey is the name of my not-for-profit ministry.  There will be more information about it as I get things set up.  But for now, I want to share with you what I have learned from my accident about the “Joy Journey.”

The joy journey is different from an intentional, goal-oriented life.  It gives room for weakness, exploration and asking for help.  It draws me to God and shows me that He is bigger than my anger, frustration, pain, and fear. It embraces the healthy emotions that are the enemy of the intentional, goal-based life.  The joy journey brings acceptance, contentment, joy, and delight.  It embraces those around me that had been hindrances in the past.  It is continuation and not destination.

In the joy journey, one begins to gain God’s perspective and recognize that the opinions and concepts,  that I held dear, are empty.  It is a new partnership and no longer a competition.

It changes the “I can” mentality to  the “Hey, Father, what’s next step?’query.  No longer am I striving and trying to win the approval of men or even my own approval but God’s alone.

Even if there is no happy ending in sight, no hope of a happy tomorrow, as I allow myself to rest and truly trust God, an overwhelming sense of gratitude  explodes into the midst of the mess and somehow makes it all bearable.

Are you lost?  Has your journey become difficult and confusing?  Are the ‘fixes’ that you have tried not working?  journey (2)Accept that in this journey, all you need to do is to reach out and take His hand and watch your life evolve as you rest and trust in Him.

Attitude is the most important thing that we have control over in our lives.  It comes from a posture of humility before the Lord.  When I have tried everything and I can’t make it work, I finally surrender.  Once the humility comes, the gratitude overtakes everything.

The joy journey reminds me to cherish even the small things in each moment.

I have learned that Father God won’t waste my pain.  He will make something beautiful and redeemable from it.

As I lay aside all ideas of being a victim. and as I change my mind, my heart attitude begins to focus on what I have instead of what I have lost.  I don’t focus on pain. However, I don’t say it isn’t real and that it doesn’t exist, I just choose not to dwell in the atmosphere it creates.

Gratitude and blessing live together.  God wants us to enjoy the life He has given us.  I am one of the most blessed people in the world. I am grateful for His lovingkindness, compassion and goodness toward me.  I express my love back to Him by loving Him and loving others.

happy accident

I will be going home soon and learning to receive help from friends and neighbors as I fully recover from this happy accident.  I would not trade what I have learned through this process.  I am forever grateful that I have paved a new path on my joy journey.

 

 

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