So many folks that I was blessed to have deep conversations with over my many decades, often amazingly answer certain questions the exact same way.Although all were unique in age, professions, gender, wealth status. Yet similarly when asked what was their main goal in life, being happy was their answer. Happy? Happiness is nice, it’s good, sure beats angry, but it’s fleeting. It’s a feeling. A feeling based on subjective matters. Did your day go well? Did you get a raise? Good news? It’s temporary by any reality,

I think that may be why Jesus wants us to have Joy. Not just happiness. Joy is objective. It is not subjective. Jesus gives us Joy when we become His family. Even in sad times, unhappy times. Let’s face it the world we live in today is not a happy place. It’s more of a scary place. But we can have joy through it all. We know who loves us. We know who guides us, protects us. We can fear not.

I heard a story of a middle aged man who was in the hospital with a nasty brain tumor. Treatments were exhausted and he was waiting for death to take him. On the team responsible for his care was a nurse who wrote a note in her end of shift notes that Jim, (a made up name I gave him just cause I could) was inappropriately responding to his

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God gives it, we accept it. ReJOYce!

condition. It was not appropriate for Jim to have Joy to show Joy. She said her new goal was at the end of her life she can also be inappropriate with Joy.

Jesus gives us when we trust only in him, the fruit of the spirit, (Galatians 4). The Holy Spirit imparts it to us, and doses as needed. When we trusted in Jesus, we were through God’s Mercy, given Grace. An absolvement of punishment for our sins. All and any. Jesus bore them for us on the cross. We know this in our hearts, not just in our head. Jesus also gave us A Guarantee of a new life, no death as others know death, no fear. Nor ever being alone in times of trouble, or sadness. His strength and courage is imputed to us if we want it. He is A Guardian of our steps in this world through to the next. When we vere off the path, He comes for us and brings us back. Teaches us, disciplines us and sits us on His lap. I don’t know about you but I really need those three G’s!

That’s JOY!. Jim knew this Joy, I know this Joy. Do you have this Joy?

Published by Oh for crying out loud & it's Echoes!

About me it asks? Yikes...... Well I am a passionate and spirited mature woman of faith. Faith in God, My Lord and Saviour must always come first. Also I am a mom, of four. I was a wife 3 times, 2 times widowed. That was rough ! Rougher in every way more than I ever thought it would be.! I had no understanding of what the loss of a spouse entails. I was caretaker to each of them until they passed from their medical catastrophies. So after the last one passed I decided enough, I was done, could not experience that kind of loss again. Besides I began to think it was safer for the males in my life if we never get married. God has a purpose for this single aloneness He has me in today. So I will wait as He slowly reveals His plan for me to come. That is just fine with me. I just know those plans are going to be interesting at the very least. I am also a braggadocious Grandmom, Stepmom, Aunt, Sister, Cousin, and Friend of many. A woman who has much to say about a great deal. An Opinionated INTJ personality. Don't know about INTJ's? Thats your problem, google it. There are'nt many of us which I heard is a good thing. Ha it's all about perception. We are frustrating to be around because we are right. About almost anything and unrelenting. Just ask us. So by popular demand, (a few friends and family suggested that I write down some my experiences, notions, opinions. Certainly not so I wouldn't drive them all crazy with my ever competing thought and comments) 'Oh For crying out loud' was born. Born once in 2015 and then, Born again. More Recently. Now it is 'Oh For Crying Out Loud & it's Echoes'. I know it's a long name but I have trouble with being short. A work in progress. As the Good Lord has seen to bless my life with many diverse and rare maladies along with a humongous family, really large in size and in its fulnessl of unique and rare nutty complex diagnosis'. It seems fitting to share the mountainous climb many of us shared through our trips and travails of medical errors and not. We need advocates in our health system, loads of them. From every genre and field. People are dieing in vast numbers . The cover ups are humongous, unbelievably tragic. And common. Blame the Insurance companies? They certainly are a great part of the problem, but then so are their lawyers! Necessary, in many many ways yes! But there are good eggs in every basket, which means usually the opposite is also true. Just like we need them, we need pain. Well we do! How otherwise would we know fires are hot or learn the dangers to stay away from? However the medical profession in all it's glory is the most eggregious! All their services and administrators should carry ever more of the burden of responsibility along with all their ever greedy lobbyists and our corrupt nonsensical governing bodies! They take the cake!! Pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies cavorting along in orgy style with The FDA, hahaha ,yes we need them but not the harm they also cause. Well enough about all the icky difficult news.....for now. Blessings and hugs to you and I pray your helped by these stories and thoughts . Which more are to follow soon. If even you gain just a little better understanding of the goings on behind the scenes in our medical care for you and your loved ones protection, I will rejoice and a good Truth will be shared.. Until later......SS .

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