Monday, May 23, 2016

finding joy



"for he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart" - ecclesiastes 5:20

"and i commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and to drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun" - ecclesiastes 8:15

"go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do" - ecclesiastes 9:7

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my life has been devoid of joy lately. or rather, i haven't noticed it. or been seeking it out. or remembered to stay thankful. i've had my head stuck in a cloud of gray, without trying to look for the silver lining.

but there is joy in everything.

and i am determined to maintain it, and to find joy + peace in Jesus even though my life may be stereotypically First World "hard."

i will find joy even if i am not the place where i want to be in life. ideally, right now, i'd be a product of worldly success. i'd be famous. or something. but right here is where God wants me to be, so right here i'll stay. + i'll find joy in fulfilling His role for me in life.

i will find joy even if school ends in a month. yup, you heard that. a month. while many people are clinking glasses and toasting their summers, i, rachel alison, will be stuck in a classroom until june 16th. but that's okay. i've got more time to get my grades up. i've got more time to serve my classmates and find peace in the rest of this turbulent year.

i will find joy even if my plans for this blog have utterly petered out. i cannot commit to anything. my creative philosophy seems to have been in vain. but i will keep writing and posting different things until i hit my stride. every blog has its growing period. ideology does not match reality all the time. i will find joy in being able to interact with everyone over the internet + my ability to meet people outside of my own physical life. i firmly believe that, if you are reading this, God has put you here. and that's cool. that's bomb.

i will find joy even if i may feel like an anomaly in the world. sometimes people want to be different, anomalical (i don't think that's a word, but we're rolling with it). and every time i feel like being an outcast is too much for me to handle, i will listen to lecrae's album and know that i am not alone.

i will find joy even if i face an uncertain future. where will i go to college? will my grades be enough? what if i change life paths? i will not worry, but i will rest in the knowledge that God will place me where i am meant to go.

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these songs are great.



join me as i find joy + pursue sanctification in these upcoming months.

(and wow, that's a WHOLE LOT OF LOWER CASE. IT WAS STARTING TO GET REALLY SUPERFICIALLY TUMBLR THERE.)

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