Sometimes I feel sad because after 31 years I am still the only believer in my family, except for one cousin. Still, I rejoice because I know the Lord and that, even in the saddest times, I know that I am better off than I was without Christ. It is still a person's choice to turn to God or not. I can't make it for them. God gives everyone that choice.
I rejoice because my cousin is a believer and was instrumental in my coming to Christ. I thank God that he is a great friend, cousin and brother in Christ. I can call him any time and we can encourage one another.
Sometimes I feel sad because a former best friend and roommate of mine decided to marry someone of the same sex two years ago and still considers herself an on-fire Christian and a mentor for young women. Still, I rejoice that God has been faithful to me, and, because of His steadfast love, I have not shirked the call to go all the way with Him, and have chosen not to compromise with an improper relationship.
I rejoice in God's love and mercy. I don't know why people in the world think they don't need Him. I don't know what motivates them to go on from day to day. I just know that even when it seems like all is lost, all is really found when Christ is number one in life, because He really is all that matters.
I rejoice because other believers are always an encouragement and because we have many places such as this site to share our losses and victories and encourage one another in the Lord.
I rejoice because when all seems lost, as long as my soul is not lost, I have a bright future and even, with God's help, a bright present. I rejoice because God is true to His word, He is always there and He is my hope in any trial.
I rejoice because even though I don't do all the right things all the time, God knows my heart and knows that it is always turned toward Him. Even though I can't always quote Scripture, chapter and verse, His word is in me and is effectual in my life at all times.
I rejoice because He has taught me to bless the Lord at all times (Psalm 34). I rejoice because the joy of the Lord is my strength. I rejoice that I don't have to perform all the time. I rejoice that my real family, my Christian brothers and sisters, live all over the world, and together we anticipate His return and our life together throughout eternity.
I rejoice because Jesus is returning for a church without spot and wrinkle, and that He is able to purify His bride. I rejoice that He is able to keep us from falling and that His word accomplishes that to which it is sent. I rejoice in the privilege of being His child. I rejoice because even though Satan has tried to ruin my life from the day I was born, Jesus Christ has remained victorious.