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    True Joy

    March 12, 2018 Kaleigh Shantz

    Kaleigh Shantz

    God has been teaching me a lot while down here in Peru but one of the things he has put on my heart is the feeling of true joy. I have always found myself to be a very happy person that is constantly laughing and smiling wherever I go. However, from the moment I arrived here, I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of pure joy that was different from how I normally feel back home. I could even see this joy within all the Peruvians here. I quickly realized that there is a big difference between happiness and joyfulness. In Canada I would try so hard to find happiness through things such as social media and my appearance. These things would make me happy for a bit, but then shortly after, the feeling would be gone. And that’s the thing about happiness; it’s circumstantial and doesn’t last. However, here in Peru I notice that every one radiates a feeling of lasting joy, which was a feeling I have never felt so strongly prior to coming here. God has opened my eyes to the fact that the people here aren’t looking for their happiness from worldly things but instead they find their joy in the Lord.  At first I wasn’t sure how I would make it through a whole week without any technology or makeup, but I can honestly say that never knowing what day it is, what time it is, or even going days without looking in a mirror has actually allowed me to put my focus on God which is way more important. Being in Peru serving the Lord and not being distracted by worldly desires such as technology and self-appearance is what has given me this joy. A joy that can only come from the Lord.

    When I get home I am going to make more of an effort to turn to the Lord to find my joy instead of turning to the materialistic things, for it is Him that provides the everlasting, life changing feeling of true joy.

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    On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Manuela Kesseler said:

    Well said, Kaleigh! Although we have so much wealth in Canada, so much of the things we own are mere distractions from what's truly important. May you never forget this amazing experience of joy you felt while living with less in Peru! God + Nothing = Everything ! :)

     

    On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Julie Mix said:

    Amen to that!! May God continue to fill you with his pure joy, and may it spill out all over the world to bring others to his love as well! Thanks for sharing with back home.

     

    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Steve Gaunt said:

    Awesome, Kaleigh! Joyfulness vs. happiness. Reminded me of Paul's 'secret' of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13. Christ is the key! Thank you for serving and I pray many will learn what you have learned as they continue to serve Him here when they return.

     

    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Steve Gaunt said:

    Awesome, Kaleigh! Joyfulness vs. happiness. Reminded me of Paul's 'secret' of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13. Christ is the key! Thank you for serving and I pray many will learn what you have learned as they continue to serve Him here when they return.

     

    On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Mary Stanley said:

    Amen, Kaleigh. There is nothing more beautiful than the joy of the Lord. What a blessing for you to be surrounded by such beauty in Peru.

     

    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Karen MacDonald said:

    What a great testimony Kaleigh! Thanks for being so honest and encouraging. You are absolutely right...the Lord is the only thing that truly satisfies. True joy is found in Him alone. Praying that He will continue to lead you, strengthen you and satisfy you as you place your hope and trust in Him.

     

    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Mary Wright said:

    Kaleigh, what a great reminder for me and others! Thanks for this. May your joy continue the rest of this amazing week and after you return. And your smile is so precious!!

     

    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Clare Shantz said:

    I am so proud of you for taking on this challenge and traveling to Puru. I hope that the joy you are feeling lasts a life time with God at the centre of your life. Love Dad.

     

    On Monday, March 12, 2018, Sheryl Shantz said:

    Love hearing from you Kaleigh. We love you and are very proud of you. Keeping searching for your joy in the Lord and he will fill you abundantly.

     

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About Trujillo, Peru

Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Valley of Moche.

This was a site of the great prehistoric Moche and Chimu cultures before the Inca conquest. expansion. It is the centre of the second most populous metropolitan area of Peru and most populous city of the North macroregion of the country.

Trujillo, Peru

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