Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. -Mother Teresa


I’m kind of known for being positive and encouraging. It’s kind of my thing.

I work hard at finding joy in everything I do. Even the not so fun things of life. 

But yesterday was a challenge. I went to a celebration of life service for a twenty-something girl. 

Taken so young after suffering for many years. 

How do I find joy in that? 

How do we find joy in hardship in general? 

For me, it’s the knowledge that there is a plan. I may not understand it, but I have faith that God has a plan. That somehow, somewhere there is a purpose. 

Yesterday, I saw the positive impact Taylor had on everyone she met throughout her short life. The joy she spread while working with children and at the food pantry. The faith and strength she showed during her illness. 

She’s pain free now, dancing at the feet of Jesus. 

In that I will rejoice. 

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