1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. This is a powerful scripture that reminds us how important it is to choose joy even in the most difficult situations.
These past few days my heart has been heavy for several friends who are going through some really difficult situations. Some are dealing with the loss of precious loved ones, some are dealing with serious medical issues in the hospital and others are just tired and overwhelmed because of the season of life they are in.
As I read God's word this morning I was reminded that no matter what I will face today, no matter what battles may come my way, I am not alone. God is with me. He will help me, strengthen me and bring me peace even in the midst of the most difficult storm. Being reminded of this is something that makes me happy and brings me joy. This is a lesson I don't want to just keep to myself but to share with others, especially with those that are struggling today so that they will remember that "weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning" - Psalm 30:5.
My card of encouragement today reminds us to Bee Happy.
This was made with the appropriately named Happy Celebrations stamp set. The bee was made by stamping a bee on Whisper White card stock and then stamping it again on Crushed Curry card stock. I fussy cut both of them out and layered one on top of the other. Adding a dimensional between the layers really made the bee stand out as the focal point on this card.
Today, I choose Joy. I will do my best to keep my eyes on Jesus remembering that he is walking with me through every step I take. I pray that wherever my path may lead me today I will do my best to love, build up and encourage others. I desire to demonstrate an attitude of gratitude that will serve as an encouragement to others and remind them that they are not alone.
May the God of hope fill you with joy, peace and happiness today!