I Choose Joy

The electronic sign is out and in place. It flashes: Expect Delays(flash) August 5-25 (flash) 6 am to 8 am(flash). Right then and there you know exactly what is coming – Church of the Highlands 21 Days of Prayer.

I can tell you from experience the power of prayer. Most of you know last year was a difficult time for me and my family. I was diagnosed with cancer and our whole world changed. I could have chosen to be mad at God for allowing the disease to take hold of my body or I could trust God and follow Him on the journey. I chose to trust Him, and now I can say I am back at work (light duty), my appetite is great, and day by day I’m feeling like myself. Prayer works! Not only in the big things but in the small things as well.

Someone once told me if it matters to you, then it matters to God. God answers our prayers no matter the size. Whether it’s a job promotion, finding your car keys, healing, or potty training. Yes, you read that right. Potty training. Especially boys. No job is too big or too small that He can’t handle.

My grandson, Mason, is potty trained to some extent. I’d say he’s 70% there. He recently started three-year-old preschool, where they need to be 100%. He’s almost there but not quite. The daycare is allowing a two-week grace period for the young ones moving up, hoping that being around other children who are potty trained will help to reinforce their learning. If after that grace period, they could be sent back to two-year-old class until they’ve grasped the idea. Once they have gotten the hang of it, they can move up.

My daughter, Megan, called me and I could tell she was upset. She said the daycare called and Mason needed to be picked up because he had an accident at school. This sent her thoughts and mood swing into a downward spiral. She began telling me that she wasn’t a good mother, that her child needed her and she wasn’t there (his Grandpa picked him up), and maybe she should take a week off from work and potty train him.

When she finally caught her breath and slowed down, I told her the only thing she could do was pray. That night she prayed over him as he slept and the next morning on her way to work she prayed again. She called later in the day to tell me Mason had a good day. I could tell she was feeling better.  I asked her what happened and she said, “I choose joy.” I asked her what she meant and she told me God spoke to her through a radio program. She said she could “choose joy or let it (situation) get her down.”

The Bible says in James 4:8, Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

Drawing closer to God is not a one-way street. It takes an effort on our part. Reach out to Him during this time of 21 Days of Prayer and witness the joys in your life.


If you sense God has more for your life, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you. As you practice seeking Him first, He will move on your behalf like never before. You will start to see the power of prayer impact your relationships, work, family, and every area of your life. Whether you join us in person or online, we would love for you to be part of 21 Days of Prayer. 

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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?”  She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

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