Joy Will Come

I think all of you know that my brother just got married – it was actually one month ago today!

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I’m not sure if all of you know that he and his wife are leaving us next Saturday. They are transferring jobs and have to move over 6 hours away from us.

This whole month has been really hard on us all. I’ve been crying a lot and just getting sad. I’m so close to Jordan and I know we are hardly ever going to see each other and it’s breaking my heart. The day of their departure is coming up too soon – I’m not ready to say goodbye. I’m just not.

We will see them again for Christmas which is good and then again for my birthday in February, but after that I have no idea when I’ll see them again. They said they’ll only be able to come down about 3-4 times a year and that’s including for Christmas and Thanksgiving… :(

I just feel so much pain. Such loss and heartache. And last night I realized just how much Jordan is struggling too. He has it worse than us – we’re all losing them, but he’s losing all of us. I know he’s also excited for this new chapter of his life and I’m excited for him, too, but we’re all feeling the same pain.

I know that God works everything out for good and I’ve been trying to think – what good is going to come out of this? Because right now I only see pain.

We have one of those calendar devotional things and this is what today said:

Joy will come, of this I am certain. Even though in these moments I can’t see beyond my pain, I believe that joy will come. It will because You promised. “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5)

You might be going through a similar time right now. Where all you see is pain and you don’t know how any good is going to come out of this situation, but God does make all things work out for our good. Even though we can’t see it and we don’t understand how, we have hope and trust that things will get better. Joy will come.

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Jordan and Aaryn are leaving us on the 26th – the second day of the craft fair my mom and I do. The last time we will see them is the night before, when we will say our goodbyes. I would appreciate it so much if you would keep Jordan, Aaryn, and my entire family in your prayers during this time. We’re all having a really hard time with this… :(

“Your ways are always higher, Your plans are always good, there’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood.”

~Jaclynn~

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20 thoughts on “Joy Will Come”

  1. Aww, I’m so sorry you’re going through a hard time right now, Jaclynn. *hugs you* Times get tough, and sometimes it seems like it will never end. But the verse you shared is so true and so comforting.
    I’ll be praying for you and your family, Jaclynn!
    ~Grace <3

  2. Amen. Even though sometimes it’s impossible to see any good coming out of your situations, God still works everything for good, for those who love him. <3 I will definitely be praying for you and your family, Dee. (hugs) <3

  3. I wanted to let you know that I truly am praying for you – I don’t just say that, I really mean it! <3 I understand how it feels, waiting for joy to come. And I understand how hard it is to let something go, especially when you've known that thing/person your entire life.

    But I wanted to share something with you. I actually had to preach a main message on this and I've spent a lot of time studying the Word. The message is called Joy Despite the Circumstances, and I've really had to live that out whenever we moved from Texas to Florida… and still to this day. Every day. We all have that choice to make. Moving to Florida was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my entire life, and I had already moved around five times! But that move was different, and what it meant for all of us was a lot deeper than simply moving to another state.

    However, if our joy was based on the circumstances around us, we'd be happy one moment and devastatingly sad the next. That's NOT the life God designed for us. Even Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had to choose joy despite His circumstances – dying on the cross for us. If He had to choose to be happy, so do we! Hebrews 12:2 says, "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

    I want to let you know that you're not alone! You've got an entire community of blogging friends who are praying for you and ALWAYS here for you. Life can have its hard moments. Really, really hard and sad moments. But if we're waiting for joy to come, we'll be waiting for a while. Joy is something we have to decide we're going to have, and I've lived that – literally! I wanted to share my message with you (and anyone else who is tired of waiting for joy to come), and if you decide to read it, I hope it encourages you! Here is the link:

    http://aghomeschool.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=1549

    Not trying, of course, to start an argument or anything! Just wanted to let you know you don't have to be defeated during the hard times – they're hard, yes, and you'll miss Jordan and Aaryn. But you don't have to be without your joy.

    Once again, I'm praying for you, Jaclynn! You are such a phenomenal person that I admire so very much! The Bible says that Jesus is interceding for us… if we've got Jesus Christ praying for us, that tells me we're gonna make it! You're gonna make it!!

    •Madison•

    1. Thank you SO much for your words and your prayers, Madi! They mean so much to me. :)
      Times are still hard, for different reasons now and reading your comment again after all this time, really made me feel inspired. :)
      ~Jaclynn~

  4. I needed ro hear this. I’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness which makes life quite difficult for me, and I am constantly aware that I may never get better. I’ve had moments of being angry at God or losing my trust in Him, and even though I have gotten over the really bad times, I still have a hard time trusting God for anything. I don’t know why… Maybe it’s that I feel he has hurt me by letting me get sick? But you’ve reminded me that I should trust Him fully, no matter how bad my situation looks, because he can heal me, and until he does there must be a purpose in my illness.

    1. I’m so sorry about that, Nikki. It’s totally understandable for you to feel that way – I think most people have moments in time when they feel that way. What’s important is that you now realize that God can heal you and He will never forsake you. He loves you and whatever goes on in your life happens for a reason. <3
      I'm so glad I was able to remind you of that. :)
      ~Jaclynn~

  5. I know your very sad about this and I will pray for your whole family!! BTW I loved the photos of them!!! I didn’t know that you were the girl from Little House Of American Dolls!

  6. Aw, Jaclynn, you’ll be okay! Your brother and his new wife look absolutely great and they look so happy together. I know you’ll be sad, but he’s still your big brother, and he’ll always be there for you no matter what.
    I want to share with you a quote about brothers:
    “An older brother is older. A big brother looks out for you and smiles when you walk into a room.”
    ― Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Fish In A Tree
    <3

  7. Joy will come. You just have to hold on.
    Eventually good will come out of this. I don’t know what it will be, but good WILL come out of this.
    I’ll be praying for you and your family.
    Mia

  8. My brother lives in TX with his wife, so we are over 8 hours away. We get to see them about 2 times a year, so i feel you girl. :)

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