Joy Comes In the Morning

Joy Comes In the Morning

Today, I choose joy.
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For His anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

Lately, I have been thinking of the bad in every situation, instead of the good. I let myself get so consumed with things that I have absolutely no control over. I get so upset over the little things in life that I don't stop to think about how big I am blessed. Things could be a little bit better, but a whole lot worse. Sometimes I have to remember that if I have done absolutely all I can do to fix the situation, then I just need to be still and give the rest to Him.

We all experience pain, sadness, brokenness, and weakness at some point in our life. I have to constantly remind myself that life might not be good every day, but God still is. Joy is experienced when we allow ourselves to really recognize how good we actually have it. If I let myself focus on the "what ifs" in life, then I am never going to turn the "what ifs" into "what is." And the sooner I choose joy in "what is," the sooner I am going to feel peace in what God is doing in my life. Joy is being able to see God's goodness and grace, even when life is hard and messy.

There are two ways to respond to all the tough stuff that life throws at you: 1. Let your troubles consume you and spend way too much time trying to fix things on your own. Or 2. Be brave and choose joy, and respond to life with God's help.

Even through the hard and mess times, God is still there. I think that trials are tests of faith. God gives us troubles to see if we will react and come to Him, or try and tackle everything alone. We can try to fix our problems on our own, but a lot of times we end up making everything worse and ending up hurt and confused. I have learned that letting God gives you so much more peace, understanding, and joy. Sure, sometimes are more troubling than others, and joy does not always come overnight. But if we try to figure everything out alone, we might ever know the feeling of joy. God gives us big mountains to prove to others that they CAN be moved.

So next time you are in pain and feel like you will never feel joy, remember that God will provide. You may not see a change tomorrow morning, or even a week from now, but joy is coming soon.

Be joyful always. Pray at all times. Be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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7 Bible Verses For The Insanely Stressed Out College Student

Bible verses to bring peace of mind as finals rapidly approach.

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As finals quickly approach and the academic year begins to wind down, it's easy to find yourself becoming bogged down with stress. Despite your religious background, these verses can provide solace and peace to those most in need of it during this stressful time of year.

1. Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

2. Psalm 34:19

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from all."

3. John 16:33

"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."

4. Psalm 42:5a

"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God."

5. Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through him who gives me strength."

6. John 14:27

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

7. Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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