Delightful calm

For years now I have been pondering this scripture.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
‭‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I have had quite a few big T trials in my life. But I also have noticed how often we have these trials of many kinds or little t trials. Or even the Greek work means temptations. But let’s focus on trials. Your van breaks down or the AC doesn’t work when you wait in the pick up line for school. Or one kid gets sick and thus begins a continual sickness in your home for a month. Even somethings that are as small as the phone call you need to make or a return you need to take to the post office. And with these little t trials you can guarantee the minute you check off one you will get the next one in the mail. They are never ending.

Maybe it’s a hard relationship or even something you personally struggle with like anger. Or the baby sleeps great all week until tonight! I often have asked the Lord. How can James say to consider it pure joy? Pure? Joy? So I looked up the Greek of these words in the text in the Strongs.

Joy in this context was from chara or chairo which are defined below.

cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight:–gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy(-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).

a primary verb; to be “cheer”ful, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well:–farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hall, joy(- fully), rejoice.

Calm delight or calmly happy. This is not the joy that is based on our circumstances. This is from another source. I have prayed for this kind of Joy in my life. It only comes from the confidence and love of God in a surrendered confession of faith in His son Jesus Christ.

But just becoming a Christian does not automatically give you calm that is delightful. This is a choice. These daily trials and even annoyances are there to keep us pressed in. In prayer, in the practice of asking for wisdom. More on this later.

Jesus said himself.

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
‭‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We will have trouble or “pressure,” Jesus guaranteed it.

I don’t know if it was turning 40 or just seeing this pattern of my joy being stolen by the little things. But I have really focused on my calm delight. I don’t want my emotions or reactions to these things to steal or even lead my life. I want pure joy! I celebrate the little wins. I will tell my husband. “Hey I didn’t freak out about that this time” or “I got upset about that but not as bad as before, I am proud of myself!” I know that including him in this process has been powerful and it gives me someone to celebrate with.

Praying you can experience the calm delight or calm happy of the Father today! Praying for the increase of the Holy Spirit as you walk through trials from His perspective! More about what they produce in us next week!

His word

Let not your heart be troubled…

Do not worry about your life…

Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart…

These scriptures, short phrases have been my meditation for over the past year. Like waves over my heart and mind. They have been become a standard or lense that I see everything through. Simple and completely necessary for a heart like mine. Easy to jump to the negative outcome or worry about what people may think. I steadied my heart on these words over and over. A situation would happen and I would find one of these phrases echoing in myself. Does my response align? Honestly I have wanted a “system” or routine for the tangled heart I own for years. Kind of like organizing your house. I have tried it all. I know singing these phrases helped. But mostly I just stayed here day after day. Month after month.

A fear would come up or a hard situation and I would find myself worrying. Nope. Do not worry about your life. Okay but…nope do not worry about your life. But but…Michelle let not your heart be troubled. Like digging a trench for my heart. This is where I am going to living. Right here. Too many years of fear. Too many wasted days with worry. You are no longer my friends or leaders. My emotions or knee jerk responses are no longer to be trusted. I am done. I surrender. God I am yours. I am just a simple girl who loves you. I don’t need elaborate understanding although I have learned a lot and have a degree to show for it. I am just here.

Like the song says. “I want to sit at Your feet. Drink from the cup in Your hand. Lay back against You and feel Your heart beat.” If this song were a book it would have deep creases in it from how many times I have sang it. It never gets old. Simple devotion is where it is at. You and me. Me and you. Even if I hide. Even if I try to run. You always are there. Always faithful! Unmoved by my weak love. Even touched by it. Nothing had changed there. It’s like I am 22 all over again reading these words and knowing really for the first time they are true. “You are all fair my Love.”

The time of singing has come! It’s time for love, it’s time for new life, it’s time for love, you will sing again! Let sing, write, dance, and be all that He created us to be. With eyes fixed on Him. I want to be in His eyes as one who finds peace.