Choosing Joy

Joy has been on my mind a lot lately. Those of you who know Keith and I personally know that we haven’t had the easiest go of it. Med school, residency, cancer, grad school, moving across country, ER visits, losing a home, losing a car, more sickness, etc. There always seems to be another challenge ahead.

If I have learned anything over the last four years, it has been to choose joy. Four years ago yesterday, we promised to love each other no matter what: in sickness and health, with the Air Force and beyond.

July 12, 2008

“The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

Joy is an attitude worth choosing. It doesn’t mean ignoring the bad stuff or denying it exists, but finding the things worth holding tight to.


Joy means trusting that God’s in control. It doesn’t mean understanding what is happening or why, but that in the end, all will be well. The storms we have weathered together have taught Keith and I to trust God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit too him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

The last four years have been full of fun adventures and heartbreaking struggles; I’d be silly to think the next 4, 10, or 50 years will be any easier. Instead, I’m clinging to the verse I found this morning:


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  1. Mrs. Hargrave on July 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I love this, Becky! Striving to embrace joy in Him, even amongst trials and difficulties, is something every Christian should strive for! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    (And thanks for “linking” up! ๐Ÿ™‚ See you next week!)

  2. Cami on July 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post SO much!! Thank you for sharing it with us ๐Ÿ™‚

    You have such a way with words…it is truly beautiful – like your heart! <3

    Thanks for linking up to Thankful Thursday with me at First Day of My Life!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy weekend! ox

  3. Danielle Z. on July 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Amen, Becky! It’s not easy to choose sometimes, is it?! How often in my own life I choose stress and worry and my feeble attempt at control over God’s promises….thank you for sharing!

    Hopping over from Finding Joy. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Lisa on July 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I love your posting on joy! I memorized Romans 15:13 and think of it often!

  5. Heather on July 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

    this post made me smile, what an amazing example you are. <3

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