Through sharing my personal experiences, I hope you’ll find encouragement while you travel on your own journey. We all have stories, and you may be surprised how similar some of yours are to mine. Although we are each uniquely created by God, there will be times when you may read a story and say to yourself, “I thought I was the only one who…”. God has been so faithful in all of my circumstances just as I am confident He will be faithful in yours. And while our burdens may not be lifted the way we pray they will, as you choose to trust God’s will in all circumstances, you will learn how to be grateful no matter what may come.
While happiness is defined simply as a state of being, joy is something much more. It’s a feeling that stays with us, that emanates from our being, not dependent on certain circumstances or our current moods. But how do we find joy in our life and, more importantly, how do we share that joy with others?
So you’ve just had a fuss with a close friend or family member. A conversation that starts as a calm discussion turns into an angry quarrel. What can you do when the disagreement has put a wedge in your relationship? How can you tear down the newly built walls and begin to mend the fences?