We are challenged by life in multiple ways that cause us to lose our sense of stability. When we look at the news, we can feel overwhelmed at the violence, destruction, and despair. When we look at our communities, we can feel helpless to make significant change. When we think about our life circumstances we can be tempted to stay in the place of sadness and complacency. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can choose joy and approach our difficulties with hope. As we look at Paul's words in Philippians and 1 Thessalonians, we gain valuable insight on how to receive and maintain joy in the midst of life's uncertainties.