Coming into this year I felt so strongly that God was speaking something over mine and Ryan's 2017. I journaled it, as I do most things I feel are significant, and at the time I had no idea what the year 2017 held. (CLICK HERE to read my post on what our year has looked like so far). & This is what my journal says:
" 2017 >> JOY
a new, life giving, heart shaking joy
one that has no limits
that wakes you up and fills you to the brim
one that sparkles in your eye
that overwhelms you with peace
A NEW JOY "
As I reread those words they have a whole new meaning. I remember writing them down, imagining exactly what that meant. And of corse I thought earthly joy -- happiness, positive circumstances, all things good, fun, beautiful, and exciting. But now as I read it I know that's not the joy God had in mind for us this year. He wanted to show us a NEW joy, a heavenly joy -- one that comes at a cost, one that through tears you still smile and say "God you are good", one that breaks your heart and repairs it all in the same breath, one that aches but leaves the most beautiful scar, one that hits you deep in your soul, one that causes unexplainable peace and laughter in the midst of hard seasons, one that only God himself can pour over you. This is the new joy we're experiencing.
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow."
"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."
"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning."
[Cabo, Mexico at 24 weeks pregnant]