Balancing Pain and Joy

This past month has been an emotional one. There have been some really exciting things going on and some really heartbreaking things going on, mostly in the lives of people that I love. I just get to be a part of it because they’re in my life. So I’m constantly trying to figure out how to stay grounded, keeping my eyes on Christ, still having hope and joy when it seems hopeless, and feeling the freedom to enter into the emotions of it all and process it. Because God gives emotions for a reason and if you read through the Psalms you can’t help but see how the Psalmist lays it all out there. And that’s what I do, lay it all out there. What you see is what you get with me. Sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s bad.  I’d like to think I’m growing in this area of my life. We’re all in process right?

The fact of the matter is that we will deal with tragedy, pain and joy on a daily basis. The issue for me is how do I deal with it in a healthy, Christ-like way? It’s a balancing act for sure that I’m still trying to figure out. Not that we ever “figure” it out but I’d like to continue growing in it.

This was the verse at the bottom of my journal page today. This is my prayer today.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Rom. 15:13


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