Seasons of Joy: We were made to THRIVE

So, I was feeling a bit harassed with the day.  Nothing specific was causing it, just too much going on in life and in my head.  I don’t often feel like this and when I do Gary is fantastic at taking the children out to allow me some space.  I don’t need much time, just enough to listen to some worship music from my favourite band, Casting Crowns.  I listened to Thrive (posted on the video below) on full volume and belted my little heart out.  If anyone had been listening they would almost certainly have cringed.  A singer I am not.  A worshipper I am.  Left to worship God alone for a few minutes, loudly and very out of tune, from the depths of my being created a joy in me which was inexplicable.  My father in law always says that by the time our praise reaches Heaven it is perfectly in tune.  Oh, I do hope so!

Gary and the children came home to a different mummy (or in Gary’s case, wife), a fact they commented on immediately (although to be fair I was still singing and had upped my activity level by dancing manically in the kitchen.  A dancer I am not….)

 Flood our souls with just one desire:

Just to know You and to make You known,

We lift your Name on high,

Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide

We were made for so much more than ordinary lives,

It’s time for us to more than just survive,

We were made to thrive!

Joy unspeakable,

Faith unsinkable

Love unstoppable,

Anything is possible.

Often joy doesn’t fall into our laps.  Often it is something we determine to search for.  And when it comes………anything is possible.

‘Oh, come and let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.’ (Psalm 95:1)

‘Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’ (I Thessalonians 5:16-18)


  1. Thank you for posting, Claire. So true, some days you have to “search” for joy. Our family enjoys Casting Crowns very much too… many of their songs speak to me….including this song…..a good reminder to me …… I needed this post today….hugs :-). Have a blessed day! Brenda

    1. I’m so pleased Brenda. It is incredible just how much their songs talk to me. I so enjoy the words of every song.
      Mark Hall talks about how God called him to teach the churched through his music not the unchurched and I think he does it really well.

  2. Claire, I totally understand how you feel on those days and what worship through song can do for the soul. God is so wonderful!!! Gracie’s peeps, Link Union, sing this song and we all enjoy listening to it. I love what your father-in-law says.:)
    Have a most excellent weekend. Hugs to all.

    P.S. You should see the looks I get when I “dance” around the house. Oh, my…

  3. For me it’s Joni Mitchell’s Blue album, or an old alternative band called Throwing Muses’ album Hunkpapa….either one powers me up and settles me.

  4. I was feeling sorry for myself yesterday because I’d lost my voice, my throat hurt, and the weather was gray and miserable. Then I spent an afternoon making a wonderful new pencil bag and listening to a fun new podcast by a group of Christmas board gamers (who have a fun outlook) and felt so much better. (Listening to music when it hurts to sing along is just torture).

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