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Lisa Leonard is mom to two boys, David, 13 and Matthias, 12 and wife to Steve. In between school and work they spend their time playing outdoors on the central coast of California, eating chocolate chip pancakes, tapping tunes on the piano (David) and choreographing elaborate light saber duels (Matthias)....

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  1. thank you for posting this today. I really needed that verse. I’m a bit down and out and need to find hope in my Savior.

  2. Lisa you are always such an encouragement to me! I shared in the comments on your blog awhile back how I lost my full term baby during birth 5 mo ago and 2 mo later found out I was pregnant again. This whole season of my life is so unexpected and has been very hard to find joy in, but the Lord IS helping me. It felt stupid to even hope at first, but He is my hope and heaven is my home. “But as for me I will always have hope, I will praise You more and more” Psalm 71:14

  3. This is one of my favorite portions of scripture, and inspires me when I feel overwhelmed by burdens and less aware of joy and God’s love.
    I’ve got a crazy day: preparing and shipping an Easter package to our daughter and her family; writing the church newsletter; visiting a parishioner who is close to death; cleaning the house (think three dogs, you’ll understand!); finishing invitations for our son’s rehearsal dinner; preparing bible study for tomorrow… Dinner? Either leftovers or pizza!
    As for joy–I thank God for today’s sunshine, and the ability to do all of the above. Even ministering to the dying brings joy from the privilege of sharing that walk, and being able to offer human solace and the promise of God’s peace.

  4. Great reminder that our joy, our hope is in the Lord and that He does sustain us. Love this!
    No matter the circumstance(s) I face, I must remember that in ALL things the Lord will be glorified and I must give thanks. I want to live with a joyful and thankful heart!
    Thank you Lisa!
    xoTiffany

  5. Another MRI for our sweet two year old, Danica, who had brain surgery in November and her symptoms are returning. This word was definitely from the Lord and encouraged me greatly! Thank you Lisa! The JOY OF THE LORD is my strength!

  6. I needed this today. My husband found out yesterday that he has an aortic aneurysm and when he told me I thought, “we can manage this”. But as this day “wears” on, the weight of it is hitting me. I needed to read this and be reminded that my joy lies with the Lord and not on our circumstances. Even as I write this, I don’t really “feel” it but I know it.
    God Bless,
    Meg

  7. Your story is beautiful, but your ability to find joy in such a stressful situation is even more beautiful. I have learned, though I’m not always successful in practicing what I preach, that beauty is all around us even in the most dire situations, and it is that beauty that gives us hope that things will get better.
    My son has Tourettes and OCD and it has taken me 6 years to come to terms with it in a way that allows me to accept that his TS and OCD are just a part of who he is – and that’s okay. And as a result this child has learned at an early age what tolerance and acceptance are all about. That brings me great joy.