It was our favorite Mexican restaurant and hubby and I sat across the table from friends with whom we re-connected after decades. And in the lively conversation a comment was made that jolted my senses.

I positioned the wheelchair beside the table (I still can’t put weight on the foot with the broken bone). The comment came innocently, I’m sure. “Janet is blind and now lame,” he chuckled. “So, so much for this Jesus thing.”

Although it was a comment in jest, he had a point. Amigos, does the world think that when you become a Christ follower, life is perfect? Or does it mean that when you commit your life to Jesus, troubles end?

The answer is a resounding “no.” Life will not be perfect. But you will be perfectly equipped to face the fierce storms in life.

And even when life is ugly, here are seven ways to know joy, true joy that plays the melody of confidence in the symphony of Jesus’ promises:

1. Joy comes because we know His love will transcend all—blindness, illness, broken feet, broken hearts and broken plans.

2. Joy comes because He promised to bring solutions we never dreamed.

3. Joy fills our heart because loneliness is a foreign word. The constant whisper that God would never abandon us echoes while sweet sleep comes at night.

4. Joy is ours because when the rest of the world is searching, looking and hungry for fulfillment Christ fills the void, feeds the spiritual hunger, and puts in place the piece that makes us whole.

5. Joy is complete because our purpose is defined: To Love God with all our mind, heart and soul and love one another. Love those who wound us, ridicule and insult us.

6. Joy sings in our heart because this life is short, often dotted with trials, but we live in anticipation to the forever eternity promised to those to whom Jesus is their Lord.

7. Joy is our promise, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, and you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy” (John 16:20).

Father, the joy you promise is the treasure that shines beyond setbacks, pain or troubles. For that gift, I praise and thank you in the name of your son Jesus. Amen.

• Where do you find the joy that keeps you going?
• What is the force that ushers peace to your nights?
• Where do you turn in painful moments?

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