Why “Waiting With Joy?”

When I was thinking of a name for my blog, I had several ideas. My original idea was “song of joy,” because that is what the name Carrie means (ironic, right?? – since I am a worship leader!). That domain name was taken, so I took that as a sign.

Then “waiting with joy” popped into my head. Waiting has been the theme of my life for many years, as has the idea of finding joy in the midst of life’s frustrations. The more I marinated on it, I came to find that this name perfectly encompassed everything about me and where I am in my life at this time…..and it perfectly explains what God has been trying to teach me.

You see, many times our timetable for our lives does not match God’s time table. And oftentimes, we get short-sighted, frustrated and even angry at God. We might even feel as if God has forgotten us or abandoned us. But I have found in the recent years that we can choose Joy throughout life’s uneasy or difficult situations. And choosing Joy can make the journey that much more fulfilling. It doesn’t mean its easy, but it is definitely worth it.

Are you struggling with feeling like you are in the “waiting room of life?” And like the doctor’s office, you feel that God might not ever call on you? I have been there. Keep on trusting. Choose Joy. God has not forgotten you. He loves you.

May this verse bless you today as it blessed me….

Psalm 16:11 (NLT):

“You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

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{Photo Credit: Krista Wilbur, www.kristaonpurpose.com}

Comments

  1. Hey! I know that wrist. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the link, Carrie, and the reminder to wait… patiently, even when it’s hard… with JOY! πŸ™‚

  2. I have a feeling your words & your blog will be of much help to me this year, Carrie! I look forward to reading. Also, my mom many years ago started something she (and I) hope blossoms some day- a women’s group, called Song of Joy Women’s Ministries. πŸ˜‰

  3. I can completely relate to the “waiting room”, I have always been a Christian and was brought up in the church but haven’t been in awhile. I have recently committed myself to getting back on track with God.

  4. Hi Carrie, I had the blessing to be with your mom (I am Peter’s cousin) on the day you posted this. Being the wonderful woman that she is she knew it was just the message I needed to hear. It has been my anchor ever since. Thank you.

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