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"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Monday, November 17, 2014

JOY... regardless

Went to the Toby Mac concert at a local church just the other night.
OM, how this man and his friends inspire me to
worship in a more profound way than I already do!

Because it was at a local church,
I bumped into SO MANY of my wonderful students...
some I haven't seen in ages!
I just had to take a "selfie" of sweetest Emily
(especially since she said she doesn't "do" selfies, HA!)!
Isn't she gorgeous?!
She was one of my very first CBS students when I began
leading the Junior Classes... whoa that was a really long time ago!
Emily's aunt told me there was a line of students
waiting to say "hi" to Mrs. Gettelfinger...


How cool are these fonts and doodads on my pics?!
I have some Rhonna Designs apps for my iPhone
and am totally addicted to them!!!
Here's what's super cool about them...
they can be used WITH
My Digital Studio!!!
How awesome is that?!
Are you a digi memory keeper?
I'm a "wannabe" so...

Anywho, with all the lovin' I was able to stock up on
from the concert the other night via
way of seeing so many of my former students
AND a great date with my hubby
(we very rarely have dates... and sometimes they're not so great...
tough times make us stronger, right?!)
...even with all that...

immediately the next day I felt attacked by the enemy.

I created the word picture above because
I am determined to NOT let the enemy deceive me!
I suffer from loneliness...
listen, that's not to be mistaken with depression.
I've tasted depression and there is a distinct difference.
(Those of you who have experienced both know what I'm saying.)
My family (parents, brothers, sisters, etc)
doesn't practice their Christian belief and
my practices (or lack of participating in their's)
actually infuriate them which causes great distance.
I have amazing acquaintances whom I am blessed and
privileged to call "friends" but
I do not have many (well, actually none)
whom I spend time with regularly,
text on a regular basis,
or even hear from if I don't contact them first.
My hubby and I have been battling the enemy
in our marriage for years which causes great loneliness.

It's just the way it is.
I don't like it but it is what it is.

"Then Jesus said to His disciples,
'Whoever wants to be my disciple must
take up their cross and follow Me."
Matthew 16:24

I truly believe when we suffer some things...
especially emotions, feelings, thoughts
which we simply can not explain away or apply a bandaid to,
these are "types" of crosses of which Jesus spoke.

Although I experience great loneliness,
NOTHING has, can, or ever will steal my JOY!
THAT is how I know the difference between
loneliness and depression.
Depression allows its sufferers to hang onto
Joy by only one thin tiny strand...
yet the Lord keeps that strand from unraveling.

"The Lord is my strength and shield.
My heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for JOY,
and with my song I praise Him."
Psalm 28:7

It IS possible to feel down and still be UP, dear one.
For those of you that may be having
a bit of a sad or lonely day,

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him."
Psalm 103:11

Call on the One Who has overcome our sorrows.

Blessings always,

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