Choosing Joy and My 2016 Word {Book Review}

After thinking long and hard, I finally decided on my word for 2016. For 2015, my word was "FEARLESS". Being a person with anxious tendencies, I can easily be consumed with pretty much anything and everything. 
The word, however, ended up being perfect for the year we've had. I've touched base on this in previous posts-but in a nutshell? Pure chaos. Job loss. Home loss. etc. We were faced with the very things that gave me nightmares. Things I pleaded with God to not allow to happen. Things I was embarrassed for anyone to know about.
But I learned to stand. Not always firmly-but standing nonetheless. (sometimes this"standing" actually meant just crawling up in the lap of Jesus)

Towards the end of last year, I was accepted to be on the launch team of an up and coming book called, Choose Joy by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver. This book was complied by Mary, of a group of Sarah's essays. You see, Sara is partying it up with Jesus right now but she had a hard and bumpy road getting there. But don't for one second think she didn't leave behind one heck of a legacy. She has the kind of writing and insight that makes you cry, laugh, rejoice, and mourn right along with her.

This book could not have come at a better time. It challenges my way of thinking when it comes to hardships. But it also validated those tears we try to hold back.

Oh gosh. This quote. It describes 2015 to a T. I mean, it was the absolute worst and the most beautiful year ever. We lost everything-but we gained a little boy, a better marriage, and the beginning of one hell of a testimony. I'll cherish this year-and it's hurts.

Ever feel like because you're going through something that the Lord isn't there? That's my struggle. I'm constantly calling out for Him, not realizing He's right beside me. He's there. He's there with open arms. And isn't that where healing comes from?

That being said, my word for 2016 is "JOY". Yeah, I'm 5 days in and already struggling. As I write this, my face has dried tears from getting yet another "Thanks but no thanks" email for Geoffrey's job applications. But I'm trying. I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for food in my belly and a roof over my head. I'm thankful for the meds that are making my very sick babies well again. I'm thankful for a savior who will love me where I'm at.

Check this book out. Buy one for a friend. Tell everyone you know. Sara has a story that must be told. I didn't want to give it all away, but this will always be an important book to me. No, it doesn't take away the pain-it just made me look at it through different eyes.

It's time to Choose Joy.

*I received an ARC of Choose Joy in exchange for my review. There may also be affiliate links in the post, but rest assured-opinions are 100% my own.*

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