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Hope and joy


Do you know there is a difference between joy and hope?

Joy is not happiness.

Happiness is a fleeting, a positive response or feeling to something you like or to something good that happened. Happiness is temporary.

Joy is an attitude of the heart, with more of an eternal perspective.


Happiness is for the here and now. Joy is focused on everlasting.

For example, eating popsicles on the front porch with my children makes me happy, but my joy comes from the Lord.

Having joy allows me to have hope. Hope that my sins have been forgiven.  Hope that God’s grace is sufficient for me.

In Christ Alone

My hope is in Christ. In Christ alone. There is nothing else as humans we can or should derive our joy from. Our peace, hope, and joy shall reside in the Lord alone.

If you are anything like me, you are encouraged by music. The lyrics of worship music often speak what my heart is saying when I cannot. In the lyrics of the song, In Christ Alone,  by Travis Cottrel, I have found the words to explain how my heart feels about my hope in Jesus.

The Lord gave His son to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus became our Savior, and it is only through Him we shall have eternal life. With the Easter season upon us, it is a good time to reflect upon the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand
I will stand
I will stand, all other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand, is sinking sand
So I’ll stand

Mamas and wives, where are you placing your faith? Are you standing on sinking sand? Are you calling Him your own?

Please allow me to encourage you to stand in Christ alone.

Blessings,

Stephanie, Training Keepers



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