Friday, March 21, 2014


I've always liked the name Jubilee.
Go ahead and steal it if you want, I'm not even sure I'll use it for a girl's name and I don't understand the whole concept of name stealing anyway. If I want to name my daughter Jubilee and your daughter's name is Jubilee, then awesome, more names that have to do with joy.

God transforms.
I get tired of people talking about how a Christian is only a Christian if you've had joy every second of your life as a believer. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but there are things God has delivered us from and freed us from and part of that transformative process for some is being able to be a person of genuine joy --

To where God has turned you into this:

beauty from your ashes.
an oil of JOY
instead of mourning,
a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.

For some, it happens sooner than others, but I pray that we understand and give ourselves grace for the redemption God intends for us as His children in moving us into a state of gladness. That we do not have to live in a spirit of despair.

God is good and I pray hope and joy do have the final say in the end. I pray you know he rebuilds.

Joy is something dear to me, something I stay up too too late for because if we're not careful we are easily crushed people, but God's hope and truth has the final say.

Much love to you who need to know there is always hope.

linking with lisa-jo and emily


  1. There is always hope! Stopping by from Five Minute Friday! :)

    1. And as I re-read this I realize the emphasis was not put in the correct place. I was completely agreeing with you. Yes, there is always hope! :)

    2. Thank you for coming by:). Nice to meet you!

  2. That is a great name! I love that verse. I know God rebuilds, and rebuilds and rebuilds. Yup, I'm a messy one. So thankful.

  3. Thank you for your comment of my blog :) my sister named her daughter Jubilee. She was born after her brother died during birth and was a turning point for my sister's journey in grief. We call her Julee ;)

    1. Thanks for sharing....that's the first time I've heard of someone named Jubilee and I loved hearing the story of her name :).