Posted in 2020, Love

The Power of Joy

Hello beloved people!  What a time we are in right now world-wide. It is hard to know what to say because no one alive has ever gone through such a time as this.  I have wanted to post something encouraging and uplifting, but I felt as though I didn’t have anything additional to contribute because so many churches and ministries are already doing that.  And I have been partaking of many of them myself to keep my faith strong and stay encouraged.  I am still not sure what to say, but I am just going to trust the Lord and let Him lead me here, because He knows what to say and who will be reading this.

I sense in my spirit that He wants to talk about joy, and the power of joy.  He is reminding me of many times in my life where joy, Godly joy, got me through some times in the natural that the world would consider “not so joyful.”  In fact, most of the world would consider those times quite grievious.  The main time I am thinking of is the passing of my mother.  She was the one I learned joyfulness from.  She loved to laugh, and she thoroughly enjoyed making others laugh.  She had gone through some really tough times in her own life.  For example, she was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.  She was approximately 9 years old when WWll started, and 15 years old when it was over.  I won’t go into the stories she told us kids right now, but suffice it to say it was horrific.  It was worse than a virus pandemic.  However, she had learned to not grieve over those times.  There was no reason to.  Everyone she knew went through it just the same as her and her family.  All of the family survived, and a few years afterwards, life returned to normal for the most part, the exception being the dividing of Berlin into occupied West and East.

In 2011, my Mom came to live with me after it was revealed that she was ill.  I am not going to go into that back story right now, either.  I was happy that she agreed to come to my house and let me and my older sister take care of her.  At first, we didn’t know that she would depart for Heaven from here.  But the Lord had showed me in an open vision, after approximately 4 months, that Mom had decided to go there.  So when that day came, it wasn’t a shock to me that she had left.  I wasn’t upset at all, and I just took care of what needed to be done.  I knew where she was and that she was very happy to be with the Lord, and out of a body that no longer functioned.  The “going home” service was one of celebration and good memories, even though we all missed her very much.  We all knew we weren’t burying her, just her Earth suit. And that she was now in our future.  I so clearly remember all of us at a well known buffet style restaurant after the service.  We had such joy and peace. It almost seemed as though she was right there with us.

I was appointed by the court to be the representative of the estate. That took about a year, I think a bit longer, to go through that process.  And after all of that was done and behind me, about 2 years after in 2015, I began to wonder why I didn’t grieve.  I started to ponder that and think that maybe something was wrong with me.  Actually, I had 2 questions going on in my heart.  The first one was why didn’t I grieve. I mean the world shows us that we are supposed to grieve after the passing of a loved one, right?  And the second question was “why didn’t Mom get healed?”  She believed in healing.  We all believed in healing.  I didn’t realize at first that the devil was trying to plant wrong thoughts in my head.  But God! God is so gracious and loving!

In 2015, the Lord led me to 2 separate video teachings to answer those 2 questions.  I wasn’t looking for them….He just led me to them and they answered my questions.  Not only did they answer my questions, but they brought peace to my soul.  I found out that we are not supposed to grieve.  Grief is of the enemy.  Yes, we can miss our loved ones. But grief opens the door to satan and his evil works.  And the other thing is that we can depart this world in faith no matter what the circumstances are.  Through these 2 videos, the Lord showed me that it was joy that prevailed and got me through that time.

I don’t know what you believe or where you are in your faith walk.  But I do know this…..our God is an awesome God.  He gives us peace that is beyond our comprehension.  And in this time we are in now, I choose to stay in His peace.  It is the only safe place, good times or bad times.

So what am I saying?  Put your faith and trust in God.  He loves you. He sent His Son, Jesus, to be the one and only sacrifice you will ever need.  It does not matter what your past is.  He is so ready to be all that you need in whatever circumstance.  He will get you through whatever is going on.  All you have to do is just receive Him. That’s it. No performance, no trying to clean up first. Just receive what He has already done.

If you don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord, it is so easy and simple to come to Him and receive all He has done for us all.  Just pray this, “Jesus I believe You came, died for my sins, and was ressurected for me. I confess all of my sins.  Please take my life and do something amazing with it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

If you just prayed that, please let me be the first to say, “Welcome to the family!”  I, for one, am so glad that you are now my brother/sister in the Lord!  I always have room for more family….even more so the Lord!  Amen!  If you don’t have a church, ask the Lord to lead you to one that teaches the Bible without compromise.  And in closing, I say this: God loves you, I love you, and Jesus Is Lord!