Sunday, March 7, 2010
Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 29 . . . Joy
Happy Sunday stampers! It is time for another challenge this week from Stampin' Sisters in Christ and this week I am the hostess. I chose for my verse
Isaiah 12:6 "Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you."
My challenge is to create a card that displays joy or joyfulness.
This verse might seem like an odd selection for today; there has been very little joy in many parts of the world lately. Earthquakes, war, tsunamis, unemployment, foreclosures, deadly storms . . . there is no shortage of trouble in the news. Looking closer to home, is there trouble under your own roof, in your own heart? My husband said himself this was an odd week for my challenge verse to post because it has been very challenging personally. Nothing super serious, just unpleasant people where I had to set boundaries, and I HATE setting boundaries. I do doormat so much better than assertive. Challenges with finances, challenges with children, family, work . . . nothing out of the ordinary for most families but just a drag on my happiness quotient.
Therein lies the difference. Happiness is distinctly different from joy. Happiness is earthly bound, joy is from the Lord.
This verse serves to remind us that our joy should not be based on our emotions, circumstances or events. Our joy is based on who our God is. The verse tells the people of Israel to shout aloud and sing for joy, why? "For great is the Holy One of Israel among you." We serve a great God, mighty and awesome in power. He is the Holy One of Israel, holy or set apart, unique, distinct. There is none like Him.
If you're having trouble getting to the shouting aloud part, sing out loud instead. Turn on the radio or pop in a favorite worship CD and sing, sing, sing while you work and feel the joy start to fill your soul.
Whenever I hear that verse, inside my head Darlene Zschech is saying it in her Australian accent. I was privileged to hear her perform live years ago at Willow Creek Community Church, bought the worship tape and played it and played it in my car until I wore it out. There is nothing like a good worship tape or CD to put you in a joyful mood. I might not be happy, but my joy is in the Lord.
Stamps: Inky Antics
Paper: white, random pieces of DP, watercolor paper, lemon tart
Other: Lemon tart satin ribbon, koh-i-noor pencils, gamsol, prima flowers, stickles