"So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." (John 16:22)Copyright 2019 Dino Carbetta. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption] I am still in the process of getting my joy back, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I had to create and foster a place for joy to again reside, and then I needed to pray for it. I have had glimmers and sparkles of the joy in my mind, body and heart. The road to joy for me is to take care of myself as best I can, and to continue to seek joy, that inner sparkle. In seeking joy, I seek the creator of joy, and the giver of joy. I apologize for taking it for granted, and appreciate that this joy is what enables me to weather through tough times with a smile on my face. Joy helps me appreciate and praise God in a more beautiful and profound way. Copyright 2019 Dino Carbetta. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption] I had a crazy week filled with unexpected sudden blows, extra work to untangle knots created by others, and thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses. Through it all, I had that small glimmer of hope that justice would prevail. At one point, even that candle was blown out. I felt crushed for a minute. I felt disregarded and forgotten. I cried out to God. My husband and I made a decision to persevere and push forward for justice. We made some difficult and expensive decisions. After almost a full week of trials and worry, the dark cloud lifted to show that indeed tomorrow may be much brighter. We still have to deal with many consequences and fallout, but we can see beyond that. Even though it appears justice failed us, we must see beyond that. We must focus on the fact that dark times will not last forever. We must focus on the fact that saints focused on perfecting their good character and not letting the dark times get the best of them. We will forget these dark times, and we will rejoice again! I look forward to my brighter tomorrow as I write. I will continue to ask God for the gift of joy. This candle of joy will brighten not only my world but all that I also touch. Last night, laughing with my children at dinner was the most joy-filled I had felt in a long time. A nod and thanks be to God! Copyright 2019 Dino Carbetta. All rights reserved. Used with permission.[/caption]
Copyright 2019 Marya Hayes
About the Author
Married to her longtime friend and mommy to 3 high energy children, who demand her constant attention, and direction, Marya serves on the board of directors for a Domestic Violence non-profit. When not working, she is working out, taking the family for nature walks and adventures, or at the movies. She lives in Southern California and feels absolutely blessed to enjoy the beauty of the area every day.