Even in the struggles that we go through we rarely consider them a

“Divine Joy.”

As I am going through my new chapter in this life, I find the people that I encounter are intriguing.  I have been in the world of the homeless and poor, and I have been associated with the world of the rich and wealthy where appearance, titles, and dollars matter.  Of course, there is nothing the same in these two worlds, right?

Don’t we all struggle with some type of pain?  Pain isn’t determined by how rich or how poor an individual is. Pain is in our circumstances, both worlds have circumstances.

I am meeting a great number of wealthy people, most of them are generally humble and pleasant to work with. Every now and then I come across one that is not as pleasant.  I must ask, God, what is it that you want me to do while I am in this place?  My mind can go to that of the world, “They have millions, what could they possibly be struggling with?”  Well, I am here to share with you, sometimes it’s the money itself that is the struggle.

Happiness and joy, for some, confuse these two words, being filled with Joy is found in our Heavenly Father, this is a deeper connection with the Trinity. Happiness comes from our circumstances in the world. Wouldn’t you say the scenarios mentioned of the rich, and poor I previously discussed have these two words in common?

In 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

The key word here is “love”, it is the love of money that is evil, not money itself.  I have had people in my life that have had nothing and all of sudden came into a great deal of money, and they do not do what is honoring and pleasing to God, is that Divine Joy or worldly happiness?

My own personal experience, to be completely transparent.  Several years ago I cashed in my 401k, and opened a business thinking, “yes, I am my own boss and I will be able to make more money and have the freedom that I want.”  Guess what, that failed.  The money ran out and I was in the same place that I was before I took out the money.  For just a moment in this world, I thought I was happy.  Little did I know, it wasn’t happiness nor was it Divine Joy.  It was hard work, long hours, frustrating due to lack of business and a friendship tarnished.  All for the price of my 401k.  Money got the best of me in that season.  I share this with you for 2 reasons, one, where is your joy coming from?  Two, what is your happiness in?

Everyone has heard the saying, “money can’t buy happiness.”  To add to that, you can’t buy joy either.

In Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Our pain is nothing in comparison to the excruciating pain that Jesus experienced on the Cross.  The price Jesus paid, you and I can never fathom, yet He still had Divine Joy. Whether rich or poor, the cost of Jesus death is still the same.

My prayer for you is that you seek your inner spirit and find God’s Divine Joy in your heart.  The money eventually runs out, the sparks fade and the facade wears you down. Find your focus and keep it true and real to you and to God, His Divine Joy is peaceful, loving, nurturing and the Trinity lines up with your mind, your body, and your spirit.

Truth and Unity = Divine Joy

Love and Hugs,

Connie Ann

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