Choose joy

It has been a while since I have last sat at the computer to post to the blog.  I apologize for my delay; however, I cannot say I am sorry for the reasons I have been away.

God has been working things in and out of my life.  Working out the bad and working in the good.  For the most part.  When I cooperate.  And, this has kept me busy.

We are still in our RV.  Can you believe we are approaching one year!  Don’t despair.  We are seeing an end to travel-trailer-living in the near future.  And I am still following the Lord into Guatemala.  (About every three to four months).  In fact, our family of four just returned from that beautiful country in Central America.

Each trip seems to change me.  I would love to think a difference is being made there by my visits; however, it is clear God is using my time spent in an underdeveloped country to change Cristal.

Today, I was reminded of the joy expressed by the children living in the orphanage.

Very little of the comforts we expect and classify as “needs” are provided to the residents of City of Children.  And, of those they do have, many North Americans would label them “insufficient.”

Yet, the children seem unbothered.

Expressions of joy dawn randomly on their young faces.  Even picturing their smiles now brings a grin to my own.

And I realize joy exists within.  Even when I don’t feel its presence.

Joy lives in my soul as God dwells in my life.

For Christ is joy.

So, if orphans living in third-world conditions can choose joy, why can’t we?

choose joy

About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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7 Responses to Choose joy

  1. Judy says:

    Hi Cristal, nice to hear from you! And thanks for the good word that joy has very little, really nothing at all, to do with stuff. “Joy lives in my soul as God dwells In my life.” Yep.

    • Cristal says:

      Thank you, Judy. Great to hear from you. I hope you are doing well and are continuing to be used by the Lord through your insightful blog posts.

  2. Absolutely love this post!!

  3. you have found a great truth~
    with you, I am choosing joy~ I see your travels have brought you great blessings

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