Looking Forward Looking Back

Joy2015 really? How did that happen? Just yesterday we were all freaked out about Y2K! Hard to believe that was so long ago! On Facebook they have been compiling a year in review for everyone.  I wonder how they go about choosing what is included? This last year I have had some fabulous experiences and some painful ones. 
God has blessed our lives with both pain and joy. They seem to go hand in hand. Often on the same day we may experience a roller coaster of emotions. 

We visited Colombia and Mexico where we loved Children in Jesus name. Pain and Joy
I said Goodbye to a dear friend who now is with Jesus and pain free. Pain and Joy
We travelled to see family in Pennsylvania and California with my mother who has dementia. Pain and Joy
I completed a 350 mile, 6 day bicycle trip. Pain and Joy

Jesus also experienced great pain and great joy. 
He was amongst His creation Pain and Joy
He healed even when there was disbelief Pain and Joy
He taught the truth even when others turned away Pain and Joy
He loved with all that He had even when the crucified Him. Pain and Joy
He watches as His children love others even though many turn away. Pain and Joy
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne. Hebrews 12:2 NLT
I am praying that in 2015 I will become more aware of the joy in the midst of whatever may come. Thank you Jesus for showing us how to do that and making it possible through your strength.


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