Celebrating Each Other // Coffee Series

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Welcome, Friday folk! Pour yourself something yummy and settle in — I’ll join you with my own mug of deliciousness! 🙂

Mmmm … it’s been a good week. My heart is full with lessons and my Savior’s gentle touch yet my mind seems unable to write. Have you ever had one of those weeks?

Today, I’m learning to bring the Scripture below into reality in my heart. It’s funny to me that my normally sunny disposition and excitable spirit need to be instructed on rejoicing with those who rejoice.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.[/pullquote]

Rejoice with them that rejoice, simple really. Yet it’s something I am needing to grow in. when my sister gets a new apartment I need to be able to cheer her on without looking at Craigslist for my own new adventure. When exciting steps are being taken by friends I need to be able to join their happiness and praise the One Who led them — without feeling left behind.

I think the latter end of verse sixteen is what makes all this possible. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]Be not wise in your own conceits. [/pullquote] When I’m tempted to be a Debbie Downer during someone’s celebration it’s because I think I know how life is supposed to be.

I’m supposed to be adventuring into new rental territory (because I love new houses). My blog is the one that should be growing. I should be the one taking the next step in adulthood.

Ah, how ugly pride and conceit is.

When we fretfully struggle to rejoice with those rejoicing it’s because we’ve forgotten the beautiful truth, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. We’ve grown wise in our own conceits thinking we know how life should be.

Learning to Rejoice Together at Authentic Virtue

So, today, I’m rejoicing with people. I’m going to be singing praises to the God Who sent great things into the lives of my family and friends. I’m going to be cheering on women whose blogs are growing and throwing confetti for those with happy baby news. If you hear bazookas noisily from an upstairs, blue shuttered home, that’s just me — rejoicing in the good news of my sister’s new apartment and my sister -in-law’s incredible artistic ability.

My heart is happy because I’m remembering that the good things in life are sent directly from our wise Father. And His ways are worth getting happy over.

Reader, tell me about your happy news. What beautiful thing is happening in your life? What good gift are you being given? I have a little project I plan to do for Periscope today and would love to celebrate your good news.

With love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

3 thoughts on “Celebrating Each Other // Coffee Series

  1. Such wonderful wisdom this is Frannie!! I know I’ve had to stop myself from feeling jealous or sad when I should be feeling happy and celebrating someone’s good news. It can be hard but life is so much more joyous when we rejoice with others even when we want what they have!
    I’m feeling very happy about our little family trip to Branson this weekend…it may not be Disney World like I’ve been wishing but I am very grateful and blessed for this opportunity to make precious memories with my family!!

    1. I thank God for your openness and honesty, Amy! 🙂

      I can totally relate — but it’s good to be able to let go of the jealousy and sin and fully celebrate with someone. It really is a big, exciting want-to I want to grow in.

      You enjoy your family get-away!! How *very* fun!!

  2. Frannie, I know this is a little late but I just found out about my happy news today. About six weeks ago my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma. The last six weeks have been full of tests and surrendering our will to God. It has been very difficult to say the least. It felt like God had the fire cranked up on us and was really trying to refine us. Well, this morning we picked up the test results that we had been waiting the last month for. The test that would determine what kind of chemo my husband would have to do. The doctor looked at the test and then told us that this is very rare but there is no cancer!!! Tears filled our eyes as we heard the doctor’s words. Peace and joy flooded our souls as we knew that we had experienced a miracle. People had been praying for us and for healing and God answered prayers! God is so good!!! One more thing… my dearest daddy died a sudden death this past Saturday. The pain… it is deep. It is hard to accept this. But i still want to rejoice knowing that he is in the best place of all – Heaven! So even though there are many tears and we feel much pain we rejoice that he lived for 53 years on this earth and that he was a faithful servant of Jesus. His life touched so many other lives. God is good. All.the.time.

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