326. The Balance Between Pain and Joy

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Episode 326


If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

James 1:5


Sometimes we need to ask God for wisdom to help us get through seasons. I know it is something I have prayed for many, many times. Every day as I read these verses and put together what God has spoken to my heart, I pray it’s his voice I listen to. And not the voice of my past, or my desires, or my flesh.


This weekend was both hard and joy-filled. This weekend we as a nation mourn over 13 service members. I know many people are tuning in from around the world so that you may be familiar with American news, maybe not, but we lost 13 members of our armed forces. There are thousands of people fleeing a country. There is so much pain everywhere I turn.


At the same time, this weekend, I showered my beautiful sister in all the love as all the ladies in her life gathered for her bridal shower. In just six weeks, we fly to North Carolina to see her get married.


How do we find joy when all we see is heartbreak. I mourn with the 13 families, but I also celebrate with my sister. So how do we do it? Well, I firmly believe we weren’t made to carry the weight of the world, but we were created with empathy. We must mourn, and cry, and fight for justice alongside our brothers and sisters, but we can also find rest and joy in every day in between.


In this life, there is a balance between all the pain and all the joy, and His name is Jesus. Wisdom is knowing when to speak, what to say, how to grieve, and how to celebrate, which is always given to us throughout the spirit. They are deposited straight from heaven. We don’t always have the right words; we hurt those that we love, we become emotional when people don’t view the world through our lens, but if we were to stop and ask for wisdom, I know with everything in my heart as this verse solidifies, our father will give it to us. And wisdom is the only currency more valuable than gold. 



Father God, thank you for depositing wisdom in our hearts and into our souls. Lord, we pray for the families that are hurting. Lord, we pray for our veterans, and Lord, we pray for the families fleeing Afghanistan, as well as those who have no way out and are so desperately looking to you for help. Lord, we pray for them all; we know only you can heal the brokenness. But God, at the same time, we are filled with gratitude as we are all experiencing daily life, we are caught up in the joy of our season, and we ask for the wisdom to navigate it all. Help us be a voice for the voiceless, but also help us in being present in our lives and in the season you have us in. Lord, we want to find the balance in the pain and the joy, and we know it is you. It is with everything in us that we pray, AMEN!  


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Hi, I'm Ali.
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I'm the coffee obsessed baker from Miami, FL who got too busy to find time to read scripture everyday. I knew my life was better with Jesus and I knew I wasn't the only one struggling with finding alone time with God every morning, so I put my dreams of opening a bakery aside and set out to produce a five minute daily devotional. What first started as an email chain, has now flourished into a beautiful community and I am so happy you are here!


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