Thursday, November 3, 2011

Joy: Savannah’s Story

While I (Savannah) was pondering on what I wanted to write this week, I asked my husband his thoughts on joy. He simply said, “Joy is something that can’t be shaken by outside events.” I sat there very impressed with his wisdom, and it immediately got the wheels turning.

Throughout my life I have always been very involved in my church. I went to the same church from the time I was born until I went to college. I was there every time the doors opened, and I loved being there more than anything. A big reason why I loved church was because of my friends, and my boyfriend also went there. I met him when I was in 7th grade and we were together until our senior year.  He not only was my boyfriend, he was my best friend. For a long time I just knew that was who I was going to marry.

However, towards the end of my senior year, I didn’t feel like it was right. I felt like we had begun acting more like friends, and I knew I was meant to have more. I began to pray about it and I really felt like God wanted me to move on. It was a very difficult decision to make because he was what I knew and I was so comfortable with how life was going. Everything made sense when you looked at it from the outside, but I knew that it wasn’t what God has planned for my life any longer. I prayed and prayed and I was obedient.

It’s really amazing what God does in your life when you’re obedient. He eventually brought an amazing man into my life. Yes, that would be my husband. All of the things that didn’t feel right in my previous relationship felt right in this one. Josh was everything I had always dreamed of. Everything fell into place and God showed up big time!

Throughout all of the life changes that happened, something was always there. Because my trust was in Jesus, the JOY in my life was steady. IT WAS NOT SHAKEN BY THE OUTSIDE EVENTS. Even when I was scared and sad that I was loosing my best friend, I had JOY in my life. I knew that God always provided, and I knew I could trust in Him.

I think that as believers in Christ, we are so blessed to always have something that gives us JOY. We can always depend on Him for anything. How amazing is that? He’s not going anywhere! What more could we ask for from our King?

I know that many times it feels like God is not going to show up, but I can promise you that if you pray consistently and with great expectation, He will never disappoint you.
Pray today that God will fill you with JOY that can’t be shaken. Thank Him that you always have Him there to talk to and find comfort in. Thank Him for the JOY that He brings you every single morning.
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but JOY comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5



  1. I love how having joy in life usually has something to do with being obedient to God :)

  2. That quote by Josh ROCKED me. Oh, my. You don't even know how much I needed this. Been struggling with this the past few days... weeks. Love you. I am so thankful for your heart.

  3. Love this post! That definition is incredible. Props to your husband!

  4. That's the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is based on what HAPPENS. Joy cannot be shaken! :)