From Jesus LivesTM by Sarah Young
When you’re feeling sad, I want you to anticipate feeling joyful again. This takes the sting out of your sorrow, because you know it is only temporary. Sadness tends to duplicate itself along the timeline—convincing you that you will always be unhappy. But that is a lie! I urge you to turn away from the lie, choosing rather to trust Me and all I have promised you. The truth is, all My children have infinite Joy ahead of them: reserved in heaven, guaranteed throughout eternity! No one can take this away from you.
While you are journeying toward heaven, your earthly path has many ups and downs. Though your down times are uncomfortable, they are not worthless. Pain and struggle can be highly productive when you trust Me in the midst of suffering. Your anguish is comparable to a woman enduring labor pains: Her suffering is very real, and she may wonder how much longer she can bear so much pain. However, all this agony produces a wonderful result—a newborn baby. The mother’s memories of her suffering retreat to the background of her mind as she focuses on this joyous gift. While you labor through your earthly afflictions, keep your eyes on the promised reward: boundless Joyin heaven! Even now you can enjoy growing awareness of Me. No matter what is happening, there is fullness of Joy to be found in My Presence.
“Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” – John 16:22 nkjv
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. – John 16:21
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11 nkjv
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