Hi, friends! I have been sitting here waiting on deeper inspiration again.

So…in the meantime, an update, a song, and perhaps a bit of a ramble. ๐Ÿ™‚

Things are progressing pretty nicely on most all fronts in our world.

School has thus far remained a safe and happy go-to for my younger ones as the pursuit of music, performance, and friends tops their list. And for one, a big shocker is added-cross country! (Seriously, folks…athleticism is not in the genes. At all. So, the fact my 16 year old boy has determination to push through majorly sore ankles to try this is awesome.๐Ÿ˜Š )

And my college boy? Well, he is stepping forward in self-management and relationships, each step precious proof autism has become his fuel (As well as increasing evidence I’m getting older! Acck! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ™‚).

Let’s see…what else?

Business is busy. Right now, my husband is on the remodel that never ends, but hey, that is job security right there! ๐Ÿ˜

Oh, and Community Youth Group has begun again as of last Wednesday! I was thrilled to make cookies and spend some time in worship and study with our dear kiddos! โค๐Ÿ˜Š

And, beyond the usual allergy invasion and the nose-blowing fest that naturally follows, I am actually finding some fairly decent days physically speaking- between the creaky joints, of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

Life is still with its various shades of differences and challenges, no doubt, but there is a joy that rises…and not just because things are well at present.

Don’t get me wrong-it’s great things are well at present!

I’m so grateful.

But, joy is not found in whether all’s well or not-so-well.

No…rather, it is found in waking up and abiding with Jesus.

Every day I get to roll out of bed and know my sweet Lord is right beside me, ready to help me face whatever comes.

And that bubbles up in me a song that has been one of my go-to’s-from another band that has long been a go-to in of themselves…

Newsboys-in particular, their earlier years.

Hmmm…maybe it’s the 90’s-early 2000’s kid in me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t get me wrong. I still love what the newer incarnation of the group does now, but, oh, my…the exultant bounce to this one!

The effervescent, intricate lyrics!

It really takes me back.

I can’t help but rejoice with this one….

Have a listen and see if you don’t rejoice with me. Blessings and prayers, dear friends! โค

18 thoughts on “Newsboys – Joy

  1. Joy in the journey for sure. As for the Newsboys, one my favs. During my radio years, like many artists, I worked with them a few times for interviews and shows. Joel is the most unusual one in the band. He is a different duck. One stage, there’s nobody better. God’s grip, dear girl. – Alan

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  2. I can hear the joy in your voice and it sounds BEAUTIFUL! I am thankful for you. I am encouraged to hear of your sonโ€™s determination with cross-country! He must get that from his mama. I can imagine you were thrilled seeing your ministry kiddos again! I am genuinely rejoicing with you. Love, hugs and blessings!

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    1. Aww, thanks, Mandy! Yes, we do tend to be determined folk-he especially. From birth, actually. He was born an emergency C-section not breathing. 8 days in the NICU because, as we say, he got enough of the place fast. ๐Ÿ˜„Hands clamped so tight he had to wear baby braces to get his thumbs out and spent some time in physical therapy, for which he tested out early because, well, he wanted to get the show on the road then, too. One of those barely 5 year olds in the Kindergarten class because he didn’t want to be held back by a late summer b-day. Now, 16, he is a drummer, teaching himself bass guitar, sings, dances, acts, scholar’s bowl, honor roll, tutors, on fire for Christ, and now…cross country. Oh, my, forgive me. How I do rattle on! Braggy mama alert! ๐Ÿ˜ Good thing he isn’t on WordPress to get embarrassed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, seeing our ministry kiddos was like a homecoming! I can’t wait for Wednesday! Thanks for rejoicing with me! Hope all is well in your world, especially the house remodel! Been thinking about and praying for you! Love, hugs, and blessings back to you! โค

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      1. That is AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing this, yea God!! Thank you for praying for me! If youโ€™re ever interested in connecting via Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp just send a message via my blog contact page! Things with the house are progressing, praise the Lord! I will fall on my knees before Jesus with tears when my bathroom is done!! I am glad youโ€™re kids have a mama bear, thatโ€™s a beautiful thing!

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      2. You’re welcome! Thanks for reading it! Ok. My tech is kind of old and creaky like my joints so I will have to see what my laptop will tolerate. It’s been pretty temperamental even with Zoom. But, I would really love to do that! Yay on the house! Oh, my, yes-bathrooms are quite the challenge! That is part of what my husband’s remodel job is right now, actually. Yep. Every kid needs a mama bear. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. “But, joy is not found in whether all’s well or not-so-well. No…rather, it is found in waking up and abiding with Jesus.”
    TRUE. Although I have to admit, the desire for “the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10) is something we’re still working on. :/

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  4. So glad to hear that all is going well. I love the happiness and the humour in your words when you mention about your kids making strides in whatever they are doing.
    So true that our joy is found every day in abiding in Jesus and not in anything else. Blessings to you Marisa, may the Lord continue to bless you and your family ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™.

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  5. Great song choice, Marisa! Thatโ€™s one I havenโ€™t hear on a long while. I’ve added it to my “Up Beat Faith” Playlist. Smiled alot reading your post I love your passion and joy for all things family and the Lord. โค God bless sweet friend. โค

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