Today I wake up to the roaring thunder of the Gulf of Mexico in Galveston, Texas. I have the privilege to present at the Texas Meals on Wheels 2018 Conference, on the topic of how to support persons after a disaster. I am reminded of my recovery journey and the great joy it has brought to my life.
The association of joy to the disaster actually led to the loss of a friendship for me. She too had experienced the same event and even was eight months pregnant with me. It was incomprehensible for her to understand how such an event could be seen as "delightful". The months and years after the disaster were not all delightful but my definition of joy rests in a different place. Kay Warren said it best "Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in all things."
My hope is that I can spread this message of joy to others and one day it can reach my friend.