Day 5: On Your Journey to Easter Joy, Have Realistic Expectations
Mar 28, 2019
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know… Philippians 1:18b, 19a NRSV
Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today.
Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 1:18b–20 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 29.
Paul spoke with complete certainty. “I know.” In the next verse he says, “It is my eager expectation and hope…” What do you know with certainly about your future? What do you expect your life to look like five or ten years from now?
Read Chapter 5 of Reclaiming Joy, where Ella describes her grief after her husband died. Did you ever felt like all the joy went out of your life?
Ella defines bereavement as the feeling that “I’ve been robbed.” Have you ever felt that way? Of what or whom were you robbed?
Read page 31 about self-control and mindset. Are you able to control your mind when it drifts into dark places? How?
On pages 31–33 Ella describes friends who lived through difficulties that thrust them into very different circumstances than they had anticipated. Their lives were far from what they had expected. Has your life measured up to your expectations?
Has there been a time when you felt like life dumped a bushel basket of lemons on you? How did you react?
Among your friends and family, who inspires you to accept disappointment with courage and grace? Why? What can you do for them this week that will ease their burden and bring them joy?
Would you describe yourself as an encourager? Find a way to encourage your friends.
Read the last paragraph and lesson learned on page 34. Take a personal inventory of your life. What do you need to accept? What are your choices? What can you change? Are you content? Does your life have purpose? What steps can you take to move toward joy?
What three things are you thankful for today? What moments of joy have you experienced in the last 24 hours? Take time to say, Thank you, God, for…
For an introduction to these 28 meditations leading to Easter, please read The Journey to Easter Joy: Daily Meditations, Letting Scripture Speak
© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019