Unexplained, Unshakable Joy!

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“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.”  James 4:14

In my personal book of joys, one thing that has always been fun and relaxing is watching kids blow and chase bubbles as they float in the wind.  At almost any special outdoor event or gathering of children, I always bring my giant bubble wand, several gallons of bubbles, a large tub, and 25 or so large bubble wands.  I guess you can say because I am involved in kids ministry… I like to spread the joy and happiness around that bubbles bring!

The children laugh with sheer joy as hundreds of bubbles every size imaginable fill the air. Some are here for seconds and others last a little longer, but when you least expect it, they are gone as quickly as they appeared.  It is such a simple thing that brings so much pleasure…I savor that moment…it is such a favorite of mine!  I can’t even say for sure how many gallons of bubble blow solution I have purchased over the years; at least several hundred, and I’d do it all again.

James 4:14 tells us we don’t know what will happen tomorrow!  We are reminded our life is like as vapor. We live for such a little time and our life on earth is over!  To me, the bubble says it all!  It represents how fragile life is.  POP it is gone!

Every second is to be lived to the fullest, living without regrets, taking all of it in…breathing and exhaling gratitude as we walk through the good, the not so good, the ugly, and the unbelievably wonderful!

Claim God’s joy that is unshakable & full of his glory.  The kind of joy and glory that will lift you when you are sinking, help you shake it off when you been dumped on, steady your feet to stand when you feel like running, fill you when you’re running on empty, lift you above your circumstances and put a song in your heart when nothing around you is worth singing about.  —

You might say, “You got all that from a bubble?”  Yep!  That is how God gave me the name for this Blog.

I am walking through a circumstance right now that is tough…probably everyone reading this Blog has a tough circumstance in your life!

What can we do?

In surrendering the problem or person (maybe both) to God instead of struggling, releases us from the problem and the issues of someone else’s heart.  The circumstances and all that encompasses belong to God.  He knows exactly how to handle it and his ways are so much better.  Life is just too short and too brief to waste away any of it.  Through the loss of our son, the brevity of life was experienced…I have learned to cherish every day!  My heart is so thankful the joy we experience from God in our daily life is not dependent on what happens around us or to us; it is unexplainable and unshakable because God himself breathes it into our spirit!  Our part is to trust, embrace the joy, and live it out!

Make everyday a “Life Bubbling Over!” as it intersects with God’s unspeakable joy!

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  1. I love blowing bubbles also! And love watching the joy something so simple gives my grandson. And now I will have this mental image the next time he and I play at bubbles. Thank you!
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  2. I really like your reference to life being fragile like a bubble. I, too, love bubbles. When I worked in children’s ministry, it was so fun to watch the two year olds run around the room trying to pop all the bubbles! I want to live with a child-like joy and enthusiasm! In regards to surrendering to God, I share in your struggle. The decision to surrender is a decision I make on a daily basis!

  3. It is neat when God uses people to pour Him into children. I appreciate that In MY case, I’m more involved with serious people connected to demonic and heavily dangerous situations, both local and other parts of our nation. WHEN children are truly understanding the Lord the other portion of their life will seldom be entering. That is a blessing, believe me. Thank you.

  4. Amen. Yes, seeking the beauty, the joy, the unspeakable truth of life is where our head and hearts need to be pointed. Thanks for the reminder, Cathy.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    (stopping by from Essential Fridays)

  5. I love what you’ve writed. It is very helpful for me because I struggle forward on a dry desert road.

    God bless you.

  6. This reminds me of a song we used to sing about how Jesus’ love bubbles over. 🙂
    Great words of wisdom!

  7. Your words encouraged me today! Like you said, we all have had our seasons of trial and struggles. Some more than others, but never too much for any of us because it challenges our faith to grow and our trust in Him as well :).
    Joy in the midst of the struggle? For me it is hard nut I know not impossible! Thanks for the reminder and for stopping by my “place”. Glad you did!
    Enjoy the day!

    • Donna, I am glad you were encouraged! Joy in the midst of the struggle…it does sound impossible but it is not. I know this because I am living proof. Read my “About” page to hear more of the story. Thank you for stopping by! You enjoy your day too! Cathy

  8. What a great post, Cathy! I enjoyed it very much. A very good reminder to focus on God’s goodness in each moment – He gives us so much joy, we just have to choose to see it. Loved your post!

    • Thank you Kelly! I enjoyed yours too. Hope you didn’t dodge another herd of wild squirrels today? Just kidding. It was nice to meet you. I will connect again soon. Cathy

  9. Wow. I love the bubbles too. Pop! Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  10. It’s always great to have you stop by Renee. Have a great week!

  11. Bonny Miles says:

    I finally got around to stopping by, Cathy, and am so glad I did. I just purchased some bubbles for my granddaughter yesterday. They are in a little generic princess container. Your blog reminded me of the joy that we experience being daughters of the King, and how important to redeem the time. As someone has said, ” The good things in life are the enemy of the best things in life, due to lack of time”. God bless you and give you continued joy which you so selflessly share with others.

    • Bonnie I am so glad you stopped by! I hope you and your grandaughter had a great time playing with the bubbles and remembering you are both daughters of the King. That is amazing when we think of it. You are right…the goood things aren’t always the best things in life. I am praying for a continued touch on your life and this to be one of your best years…health wise. Love you!

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