A Time to Rejoice…

by Janice

Today I am celebrating.

Today I am not worrying about the future, or lingering over the past. Today I am rejoicing in the gift of “right now” – all the hope and beauty of it, untainted by any fears or future struggles.

I know that there will be pain in my tomorrows. I know that there is chance I may never even get to meet this new little life sprouting inside me until I see Heaven. I know my world could fall apart tomorrow.

But I have today. And today is good. Today there is room for hope – tons of room. And I will delight in it. I will dance and swirl around. I will laugh and sing. And I will praise my gracious Lord and thank Him over and over and over.

This may seem an obvious response to good news. I have heard that some people live this way every day. But I don’t. I usually carry my fears around, holding them up so that somehow they can protect me from disappointment when suffering hits. It is ridiculous I know – but that is what I do.

But today I am not going to. In fact I think I won’t do it all week…maybe all month…maybe longer. Maybe this is where I will live – in the moment, squeezing the joy out of every second of good I have down here on earth. And on the days when the good is hard to find, I will savor the Good to come.

Yes, today I am celebrating.

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
…a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Kari January 26, 2007 at 7:37 am

It’s funny how we can use our fears as protectors.
Rejoice in your happiness! You certainly deserve it!

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2 Carey January 26, 2007 at 8:05 am

What a great way to view your day. Now if only we can all do that all the time, i think we would all be a little happier. Praying for you and your new baby today.

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3 Frog Princess January 26, 2007 at 8:41 am

What an amazing time for me to become a new reader. It’s amazing I know so many girls right now who are pregnant and/or just found out. What a perfect week too. It’s sanctity of Life week where a lot Christian groups really rally together about abortion,genecide, infanticide and many other issues..mostly abortion. It’s a beatiful thing to have a child. It is the most amazing and fulfilling experience a mom can have. I know you won’t take this for granted, it seems as though you are a great mom and God will definitely use you in your children’s live. I am praising and praying with you

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4 Katrina January 26, 2007 at 8:50 am

What a great perspective, Janice. I am often so busy “protecting” my heart that I miss out on the joy. Thank you for sharing this.

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5 Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom January 26, 2007 at 9:04 am

You deserve this happiness…
Thank you for that today!

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6 Lani from The Wooden Porch January 26, 2007 at 10:55 am

What a sweet post! I am happy right along with you. Thank you for your kindness in the comment box at my blog yesterday. It means a lot to me to hear that.

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7 Jill January 26, 2007 at 10:59 am

You are not the only one who lives like that. I often say — I set my expecations low, so I’m not disappointed if things don’t work out. But this is truly reason to be joyful and if there was ever a time to “live in the moment” it is now!

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8 Laura January 26, 2007 at 11:06 am

I love this post. Yes positivity is essential…one day at a time!
What a day to rejoice!
Laura

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9 Angela January 26, 2007 at 11:14 am

Beautifully spoken! God asks us to rejoice ALWAYS…easier said than done, but necessary as we walk in obedience to Him.

Rejoicing and praying for you today.

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10 Beth F. January 26, 2007 at 11:28 am

What a wonderful, well written post! I think I’ll start thinking the same way!
In fact, somehow, you’ve motivated me to clean and laundry. You’re magical!

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11 Suzanne January 26, 2007 at 11:54 am

Carpe diem!! We should all be feeling this way :)

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12 sema January 26, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Inspirational. I tend to be more like you, holding my fears and worries close to me. It is such a relief when we choose to rejoice instead and not worry about tomorrow or think about the past.

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13 Linda January 26, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Beautiful!!!!

Linda

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14 Chris January 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

I REJOICE with you! So encouraging!

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15 Theresa ♥ January 26, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Wow, did I need this! Thank you.

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16 e-Mom January 26, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Woohoo! I’m dancing with you!!! Awesome, just awesome.

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17 Barb January 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm

I’m just now getting over here for the first time in a few days Janice, and look at the wonderful news you’re sharing with us! I’m beyond excited for you.

My thought is this. I think you may be getting this slightly subdued reaction from your family because you lost a baby and they’re being cautious. I seriously doubt they know this hurts you.

If it helps, I’m shouting in my heart for you. I have a very good feeling about this. Oh my word, what wonderful news!

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18 Sarah S. January 26, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I LOVE this — you can say, “junk may come — no, junk WILL come, but today is a happy day!” Bless you over and over! Years ago a preacher at my church would start each sermon (I wish I knew who he was quoting) by saying: “Neither the regrets of yesterday nor the fears of tomorrow can be allowed to mar the beauty of today. Today we celebrate!” Celebrating with you!

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19 Karla~Looking Towards Heaven January 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

I love what FrogPrincess wrote about the significance of this week! Amazing!

I love your perspective on this. I too struggle with holding my fears over me as some sort of protection…

Blessings,
Karla

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20 Kilikina January 26, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Congrats once again!

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21 jen January 26, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Good on you. God tells us to concentrate on today and not worry about tomorrow.

I dont think youd be the only one who does worry I think its a natural reaction – I do

Enjoy today :)

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22 Kim January 26, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Right now is the time to laugh and the time to dance!
God Bless!

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23 Heidi January 26, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Amazing post, I’m with you on this. Thanks for the reminder!!!!!

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24 Michelle in MX January 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Lets dance

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25 Local Girl January 26, 2007 at 6:29 pm

We cannot control the bad things that may or may not come. It’s great that you’re enjoying the happiness and miracle of the moment!

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26 Karen January 26, 2007 at 8:26 pm

I’ll rejoice with you! I just found your site this week and am so happy about your pregnancy! I’m looking forward to all the future rejoicing about this little one.

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27 Mary (Mert) January 26, 2007 at 8:48 pm

What a blessing to have so much joy! Sing it from the roof tops, sistah! :O)

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28 owlhaven January 27, 2007 at 12:41 am

Good for you!!!

Hugs

Mary

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29 Stephanie January 27, 2007 at 8:36 am

It is a good felling to rejoice in the moment. Praying that you can have that feeling everyday!

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30 Terri January 27, 2007 at 9:32 am

I’m so happy for you! After battling secondary infertility for so many years, every time someone struggles and then gets pregnant I feel such joy for them. It’s overwhelming for me–I can’t imagine how it is for you!
Enjoy your day!

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31 Mama Lily January 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm

Good for you!! Rejoice in the Lord from whom all blessings flow. I understand the desire to hide our joy hoping it will last longer! Joy is in rejoicing! Hope you can stay in the lovely place for a good long time.

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32 Paulette1958 January 27, 2007 at 4:29 pm

I am so happy for you and this new life. I am praying for all your tomorrows where you can watch God’s miracles come to fruition and will have a beautiful healthy baby. I am also praying that God restores you to Health and you can relax and enjoy this special time.
Blessings to a dear lady!

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33 Rena January 27, 2007 at 5:16 pm

May you continue to rejoice and celebrate each moment of each day, one day at a time. Peace and grace to you and the little on. I’m so happy for you.

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34 Judi January 27, 2007 at 11:13 pm

I just love you Janice! I am just like you in the way I carry my fears around. But when I found out I was pregnant with my precious boy after trying for over a year I rejoiced with everything in me too! Congratulations.

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35 Anna January 28, 2007 at 1:49 pm

What a wonderful insight. Something that I too should put into practice. Thank you.

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36 Johnie June 16, 2007 at 4:56 pm

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