A Time for Rejoicing — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing, Janis. Your topic is one very close to home for me, also! I tend to forget to have the constant “joy” I should cherish because of the knowledge of who I am in Christ. Instead, I often base my happiness on circumstances and invariably, it falls short. Chris

  2. Oh Janis, this is so good!! A great reminder, especially for this time of year!! (And always) Thank you for sharing your humbling experience so we know we aren’t the only ones who forget to rejoice always!! You truly are a messenger from heaven!! Love you!! -Ceal-

  3. I understand – – and after all these years I also still read the recipe. I am sure the cookies did not last long as they looked delicious. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

  4. Janis, as a recovering perfectionist myself, I truly get where you’re coming from here. How we would love our lives to always be sweet, sugar-coated and ever-joyful! Yet authentic, godly joy isn’t dependent on favourable circumstances but on the disposition of the heart. As I read through Isaac Watts’ lyrics, this sang out to me: “Let every heart prepare Him room” as a key thing to pay attention to. The more room we make to receive our Saviour and His grace on a daily basis, the more joy we will encounter in the midst of our mess and muddles, our pain and problems. Thanks for making me stop and think about these things. Bless you! 🙂 x

  5. I’m with you, Janis. Both in the failed perfectionist part, and definitely in the rejoicing part!! Sometimes I need that readjustment in focus. And perhaps, more than ever, I need it during the holiday season when everything is so hectic, and often stressful.

    It’s good to remember to be still. And at this time of year, I try to picture that moment right after Jesus was born – the stillness in the heavens, the hush of awe – I let the majesty of that moment permeate my thoughts and emotions. Yes, the Savior is born…

    Merriest Christmas, my dear friend. May you and your family have a wonderful time of closeness and celebration.