Joy in Every Circumstance

An Essay By Lucy Anne // 1/28/2013

"...my life is not pleasing to God, nor honoring Him, if I do not claim His abundant provision for joy in every circumstance." - Sara Yoder, The Way She Chose by Mary Miller

At church yesterday, my friend Sarah lent me this book and when I arrived home, I began reading it. Before the author builds up to this quote, Sara had encountered many difficulties in life that occurred because she was stubborn, refusing to pay heed to her parents and church's warnings in the way she lived her life.

This reminded me of two things. First, I have my own similar faults: stubbornness. When I do not get my way, I sometimes believe that the only reason why I do not get my way is because others just don't understand. Second, this also reminded me that this week will be a difficult week for me.

I must go somewhere to do something that is not my choice. I must attend a place that I have been avoiding for the past months and now, when I have no choice but to face it, I am not sure if I am ready to go or not. If I am not ready, memories will float back and my emotions may be where I just finished getting rid of.

I dread these events. I do not want to face my problems. I believe I have "left it at the cross", but I still don't know what will be the after-effects. Will I encounter bitterness? Will I encounter the pain? Will I - oh, the memories! will they surely bring pain?

These events can bring me rebellion, bitterness, and anger. But it can also, in some ways bring me joy. I can let these experiences hurt me and bring shame to the Lord or I can let these experiences teach me submission and peace to bring glory to my Lord!

Sara in The Way She Chose had far more troubles than I do right now. Life did not turn out the way she had imagined - but, why? Whose fault was to blame? In some ways it was hers. She chose her path. She chose it without wisdom and with stubbornness. She justified wrong choices, molding them until they seemed right to her. She ignored her conscience on what was right or wrong.

What came to her, can come to me easily. Do I not make my own decisions? Do not I rebel against others' opinions at times?

If I am to be submissive on the outside, but meanwhile "gritting my teeth", what will be the consequences? Is doing so honoring the Lord in every circumstance with joy? Is doing so pleasing the Lord?

Perhaps I feel as if what I will have to face, I should not face. But my attitude - what is it? Is it submissive? Is it pleasing and honoring to the Lord?

1st Corinthians 6:20 says, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." God wants me to do all things joyfully, whether in spirit or in body to the glory of Him (also 1st Corinthians 10:31). Especially this week when it will be difficult. But I can only do this with prayers from my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Comments

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Will be praying for you, Megan. If ever you need any more prayer for anything, just email. I'll always be here to give it, sister. :)

And thanks for the other day--just asking if I a had any prayer requests. I really was struggling with some things, so it was God's timing. Prayer is powerful.

Maddi | Mon, 01/28/2013

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

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Thank you, Maddi.

Did you respond? I accidentally had the option on on Gmail to not save chats and I realize it has been a mistake since if you responded, I have not gotten it. When you email me some prayer requests (that will help me alot because I can only pray certain things when I don't know anything - but that doesn't mean I have to know because God does) , I will tell you yours when I get a chance. :) I especially need prayer tomorrow till maybe a long time, because Tuesday through Thursday will have the action, and the after the action, the after-effects may come.

Prayer is not only powerful, but it works because God is ALIVE.

Lucy Anne | Mon, 01/28/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcome. I did, but even

Welcome.

I did, but even just saying them to you (even though you didn't get it) helped the burden. I will be praying throughout the days. If you ever need to tell the specifics, do NOT be ashamed or shy to, okay?

Amen. Love your sig. :)

Maddi | Mon, 01/28/2013

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

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I really needed to read this today! Thank you!
Praying for you, my friend!

Kyleigh | Tue, 01/29/2013

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You are so welcome, Kyleigh!

Lucy Anne | Tue, 01/29/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson