For the Joy Set Before Us....

Hebrews 12:2: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross...

The past few days as I am witness to our intimate moments of my wife in tears of pain just getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, and even rolling over and she continues to remind me of her deep inner strength. Lisa has been the model of the verse above, enduring childbearing pains with a spirit of joy for what is set before us: our bundle of joy arriving soon. This is pain with a purpose, this is beautiful, excruciating pain. We fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith, and we know there is joy beyond the pain. If you are wondering, Lisa still has her smile, still laughs and jokes, still coddles Tozer's little fluffy ears amidst days of bed rest, for the joy set before her far outweighs the discomfort.