February 4, 2019


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If you're familiar with SAD, then you probably know how hard it can be to find joy and enthusiasm over the dark, dreary weather during the wintry months. Add on top of that some cold, wet weather in the Pacific Northwest, and you're in for a doozy.

My mom and I get ready at the same time each morning (she walks our old pup and I go running) and lately, we've both been dreading leaving the house to brave the cold. Once we're out there, it's fine, but finding that motivation to open the front door is always hard during the winter.

And it's got me thinking about joy and how to find it when the world seems/is dark. To find happiness despite my circumstances, to find life and love no matter how empty my heart feels or how busy my mind is.

And one of the things that God's been teaching me lately is to put less emphasis on the blessings in my life and more on the One who is doing the blessing. To stop praising just the healing, but the work of the Healer.  Because when I do that, I find joy no matter what season I'm in.

And He's also challenged me to remember that it's not about where I'm at, who I am, or what I'm doing; but rather, it's about where He is, who He is, and what He is doing in my life. 

Finding joy in the dark is hard. We live in a world that is ridden with sin. We live in a world where everything is temporary. But we also have a God who is eternal. Who is holy and just. And who is capable of scooping us out of our messes and sticky situations.

He is the source of life. The source of grace. And the source of joy.

Here's to rooting ourselves in Him. 

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