LEARN: Joy By The Spirit – …In Spite of It All

LEARN! … By the Spirit™ with Jerricia J. Ulmer

…In Spite of It All

© 2012  Jerricia J. Ulmer, M.Ed.

April 9, 2012

In the world you will have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -John 16:33

This life is fleeting. Some say it’s short, but I’m a quality over quantity girl.

This body – our “earth suit” – is vulnerable. Yes, it is amazing to see what it can endure and how GOD designed it to heal itself. However, it will ultimate start to break down.

Aging is not for the faint of heart. But if you grow and live By The Spirit, you can live in peace. At birth, some believe – fresh from the other side – we are closest to our Divine state. Then we are dirtied by all muck and mire of life. Prayerfully, we come back to live in our true spiritual essence and learn to shake off our own and other people’s stuff. And that, to me, is peace. Peace = Joy.

Joy is a sustained state of well-being. It’s like living out The Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the Serenity to

accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

and Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time…

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will;

that I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

 -Elisabeth Sifton

You are going to get cut off on the highway. Someone will rub you the wrong way. People will criticize your viewpoint. All you can do is be yourself and know that GOD is using you and your influence.

On the flip side, a gracious driver will let you in a crowded lane. You may get a much-needed hug from out of the clear blue sky. And your boss may think your idea is the next best thing to sliced bread.

Come what may – oh, and it will come! – choose to maintain your peace, or at least find it in spite of it all. Doing so in any circumstance will sustain your state of well being, e.g. Joy. Some times may be tougher than others, and a situation may get under your skin more than expected. But make a conscious effort each day to live in peace, to live in joy…By The Spirit.


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