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“JOYFUL” AWAKENING 11/23/17

  • JOYFUL” AWAKENING

     

    November 23, 2017

    James 1:2

    My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

    Philippians 4:4-5

    Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

     

    Lord make me a joyful witness to those around me so that I can reflect Your glory. May someone someday be drawn to You because of the unexpected JOY they see in me.

    Define Joy; a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Delight, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, gladness, glee.

    I can assure you, that over these last several months I have had no Joy, no great pleasure, no happiness, no glee, very little laughter. Wading through the waves of adversity leaves little room for even a happy thought. The pain of my Osteoarthritis leaves me very isolated, alone, sad and without a purpose. On the days that I am just a little more flexible, it is spent doing the things that need to be done, then, when I have overdone it again I am once again down for days in recovery. My quality of life has gone down considerably. As I edge toward being 60 I can feel my body in constant rebellion. What kind of Joy do you find in isolation, pain and adversity? How do you find JOY when you have ten dollars left to your name, your next check does not come in for another two weeks, your decision is between buying food items, or buying an over the counter pharmacy item for an issue you have that is not going to go away unless you treat it. It is an agonizing decision, I must choose the pharmacy item. But thankfully, the few dollars left, allowed me to buy some creamer at the Dollar Tree, I knew I would be out of coffee soon, but to have coffee without creamer is like unheard of. Decisions after decisions of how to use my finances properly leaves my head spinning. There is no Joy in the daily struggle.

    Do you remember as a child going out to play in the snow? Not a care in the world was on your mind as you tried to catch snowflakes on your tongue. Sledding down the hill and walking back up again was fun. Mom would always have homemade hot chocolate waiting for us on the stove to warm us up. We would then spend the rest of the day doing what ever. We had chores, we had to shovel the drive way, but, for the most part, we did not have any real responsibilities, not the kind you have as an adult. As a child you did not make those decisions, you just did what ever your parents told you to. I would have to say, fairly Joyfully.

    The news, whether on Facebook or on TV, in the news papers or on the radio, today they are not full of good deeds being done for their fellow man. You have to dig deep, past the lust, greed and murder stories to find a hint of kindness, a hint of Joy, a hint of something to be hopeful for.

    But in these last few days, I have found my Joy again. My Joy is found in writing. I have over the years written over 150 story messages, but have had a long, long period where there has been no inspiration, no drive, no sparkle. It was the Lord, to begin with, that led me to writing . He would place a Title in my mind, he would give me the scripture to go with the title, and just a few snippets of what He wanted written. I would sit down at the computer and pull up Word Pad and put my title in, find the scripture and save the beginning. I would pray through each message, what do you want me to say, how much to you want me to say. I have said Lord you know I can be long winded so please begin it and end it as you like. If I got stuck somewhere, I would stop writing, get up, walk away, and pray, what next Lord, what more do you want to say?

    I found my JOY IN JESUS!

    It is through Him I have a story to tell, it is how HE changed my life, how He worked in my life, how He directs my life and the list goes on. Through adversity, sickness and in health, Jesus has a message through my life, and those messages are found in our writing (His and mine). Do you know that when I am writing, and He is directing, my pain becomes less even to the point I feel no pain in my body, that was the coolest thing that I discovered along the way. My mind, my thoughts were on Him when writing, they were not focused on my pain or my circumstance. Jesus reveals Himself in my life, and through my life He shows others how He has worked out situations that were impossible to men, but for Jesus, these situations made Him shine brightly. Like the day I got my disability payments on the first try. I love to tell that story because it is just about impossible to get that that soon. BUT GOD CAN! He gets all the Glory for what ever is written, they are His stories, how He worked His way in my life, and these are to be shared with others so that they too can Believe again, Hope again, have Joy again. How many times have you read the scripture, Nothing is Impossible with God? How many times did you believe it? You believed it only when He showed Himself in your situation. Then your response was, It was all God!.

    I have searched for the meaning of Joy in my life for many months now, not being able to find it, till He led me to write my last story, The “HEART” of Thanksgiving. I began to see a little more clearly how much that writing, being directed by the Lord , was bringing me the Joy I was searching for. I have prayed many nights, Lord, I miss writing for you. I have felt I have had no purpose in life anymore. Then He inspired me once again, and I felt that peace that passeth all understanding. I felt I finally reconnected with Him. This does not change my circumstance, it does not change how my finances look, this does not change my health, but it sure does change my heart. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows when I sit and when I rise. Before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it completely. My name is inscribed on the palms of His hands, He can not possibly forget me.

    So in my “Joyful” Awakening I am hopeful to continue to be inspired by the Lord to write more messages on His behalf. He has already written my story, it looks like it is time for me to share some of the story with you.

    Again I say, Lord make me a joyful witness to those around me so that I can reflect Your glory. May someone someday be drawn to You because of the unexpected JOY they see in me.

    Leslie


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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Leslie,

I'm so happy for you, that you have been inspired to write again. I really enjoyed your last words, Thanksgiving . At the moment I am sitting in my recliner with ice under my legs to relieve the pain. Last night I had to do some cleaning that had been put off. Like you, I'm paying for it today. I have been trying to get things done for the last month, preparing for my upcoming surgery on December 1. Repairing a failed surgery that I had last November, on my right hand. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and the surgery is thumb reconstructive procedure. Losing most of the use of thumb and two fingers, I don't have much choice. Surgery is needed on both hands, so last year I chose the most painful one first. Now, having had to use left hand much more, they are almost equal in pain. I will have to wait almost another year for the next surgery due to healing and recovery. I always try to remain as positive as I can, when in pain. I tell myself that it's nothing compared to hanging on a cross with nails in each hand. I am so grateful for our Heavenly Father, and turn to Him quite often. He brings me peace and joy in times of chaos and hardships, as I too, live on my disability check to get me through. Unlike you, it took me being turned down twice and nearly five years, having to give up nearly three years back pay due to a statement one of the doctors had made. So, yes, God was really looking out for you on your first try. Praises to Him. Keep up with your writing and know that it means so much to others. Thank you, Leslie. May you have a blessed day today.

Rebecca Adkins 

November 24, 2017
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Thank you Rebecca for reading this message too. I am having a hard time posting a reply, I am not ignoring your post by  no means. My heart hurts for your upcoming surgery. Pain is bad enough, but to have surgery and more pain from a failed surgery is like someone crushing a can. RH is a very tramautic arthritis . When body parts continue to get worse or new ones pop up it is hard to be and stay positive. I am keeping you in prayer as you pull your house together and prepare for Surgery. I have another story/message I am almost done with, so stay tuned. I love it when God gets so excited to have me write for him. When I write I feel like He is standing over my shoulder. Hugs to you dear sister, may the Lord make this surgery right for you. 

November 25, 2017
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Leslie,,thanks for responding. I appreciate it. I wasn't really expecting you to reply. I was merely letting you know that your words are very touching and wanted to encourage you to keep at it. Last night I discovered that my bedroom has been leaking on left side and back end of my bedroom, that mold and mildew growth has creeped up on me I had to spend several hours cleaning it up and now have 3 fans drying it out. I'm in such pain and migraine has me down and hand swollen more than usual. The joy to this is that I have a spare bedroom to sleep in. I have faith that somehow, some way God is going to come through for me, yet again :) Looking forward to your next story. Blessings to you, my friend. 

November 25, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for sharing, Leslie! I am glad that you are finding joy in your writing again, and I know it is a blessing for those who see your words of hope <3!

November 27, 2017
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea

Thank you Sylvia for reading. And thank you for yoru comment. I am glad when I can inspire one or two. 

November 27, 2017