Saturday, November 19, 2016

11, 12, 13--Joy on Display

I was reflecting on Christina's life this morning.  Particularly the last few years.

In 2011, she was married.

In 2012, she gave birth to Isaiah.

In 2013, she transferred to the presence of Jesus.

I am amazed over and over that she chose joy as the expression of her life--all through those last years.

I am always on the lookout for the word 'joy' in the Bible.  It catches me by surprise.

"Consider it pure joy when you encounter various trials."

"Who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross."

I ran across a new one today.

Hebrews 11:34  You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

Ah, the key to joy.  We know that we have better and lasting possessions.  What can be better than a life here?

Christina instructed us as she left this world--seeing beyond the thin veil.  Seeing what Jesus had prepared for her.  Telling us of her awakening spirit--"more alive than I've ever been".  

Instructing us to not pity her or her circumstances.  "I love my story!"

I am so thankful for Christina's battle for joy.  She knew the truth of 2  Corinthians 4:18.

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal."

This is a world full of difficulty--internationally, nationally, personally, organizationally.  What are we to do in a place where it is easy to lose heart?  

I really think Christina, in the power of God, showed us a way through difficulty.  She was present, she was thankful, she shared her hope, and she kept joy alive by keeping her eyes on Jesus.

Christina left a legacy of courage and joy as she walked through the last few years of her life on earth.  I am looking forward to sharing that legacy with Isaiah.  He seems to share that same joy.  Someday, he will understand the great gift that his birth mom lived out.


  1. What a wonderfully timed reminder of real joy. When it can be easy to settle for counterfeit comfort & pretend joy, recalling what Christina shared makes the fake joy lose all its luster. Jesus has the real deal and his joy shows up no matter where we may be.

    1. I agree, Karen. And His joy withstands any trial, any suffering, any hardship, anything.

  2. Seeing those dates blew me away. We knew each other so shortly, and yet she left such a big impression. Christina was so alive, so full of joy, so unwilling to let fear dictate her last days. Cheers to your impressive girl. I miss her.

  3. Thank you for sharing her story with us!

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for pouring into us this week. It was a pleasure reading some of your posts and getting to know you better through them. I can't wait to keep diving into this. Bless you!!

    1. Thanks, Janet:) I loved being with you all these past two weeks. It was a very rich time. Thanks for reading a little of Christina's story!