"Lord, this humble house we'd keep, sweet with play and calm with sleep. Help us so that we may give beauty to the lives we live. Let Thy bounty and Thy grace shine upon our dwelling place." E. A. Guest


True saints know..

True saints know..
 that the place where all the joy comes from is far deeper than that of feelings;
 joy comes from the place of the very Presence of God.
Joy is God and God is joy
and joy doesn't negate all other emotions--joy transends all other emotions.

Though my marriage tree may not bud
and though my crop of children may fail
 and my work produce little yield
 though there be no money in the bank
and no dream left in the heart
though others may choose different ways to live their one life
till my last heaving breath, I will fight to the death for this:
"I will take joy"  (Habakkuk 3:18)

I will struggle to heed this until I am no more:
"Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy"  (James 1:2)

and I will listen and again I will listen and I will wrestle to put skin on it:
"Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!  (Philippians 4:4)

Ann Voskamp
One Thousand Gifts


  1. Beautiful post...I choose to take joy.

  2. Knowing Jesus gives me joy no matter what my circumstances. : )
    Great verses!

  3. Hi Trish,
    Joy in having God in my life.
    God Bless
    Barb xxx

  4. Oh I am trying to hold on to this verses as my life, once again, shifts and changes.