Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
There’s this old gospel song that comes to mind where the lyrics say something like, “This joy I have the world didn’t give it, (and) the world can’t take it away.” I have so much to say about joy right now! When you get a minute, read all of Psalm 35. It is super intense, but you will better understand verse 9. After all that God has done for me, and all that He continues to do for me, I have experienced joy. I’m willing to fight for this joy, His joy. I’m willing to hang on with much hope to this joy. Others didn’t provide the joy that I have, so they can’t take it away.
The day that I gave my life to Jesus Christ I was able to exchange my past for His design for my future. I exited death and received a guarantee for eternal life. Tell me, what’s more joyful than that? There is nothing that can measure up to that joy and there is nothing worth forfeiting living out that joy on a daily basis. It’s so empowering to know that it cannot be taken from me. The only way I don’t experience it regularly is if I choose to allow anyone or anything to cause me to momentarily forget. They can’t have my joy or yours. Don’t worry about what’s going on around you, relish with excitement and joy the work that’s already been done in you!
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Relaxing this summer is something I am trying to focus on and allow God to do His will for my life and not control and plan everything. I have a hard time relaxing as my family of six keep me busy with all of their activities. I feel the need to keep up with everything to not let anyone I love down. But as I am doing that I realize I am letting God down by giving Him my leftovers and not resting at His feet. This reminds of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Martha was distracted and kept busy with her tasks at hand while Jesus was visiting and Mary chose to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen and relax with Him. The Lord says in verse 41 and 42, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” This story has so much meaning as we live out our lives because we have the choice to relax at Jesus’ feet or get caught up in the busyness of life. If we continue to be caught up in the world we miss the opportunity to be with Him. This summer God is reminding me to not miss out on spending time with Him and having that be part of my day and giving Him my attention first. When I do that it has caused my days to be peaceful and be able to rest in His presence and recognize Him each day. I love the verse I have in my living room as a reminder, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Finding the stillness in our everyday and seeking His presence will help us relax this summer. Are you ready to relax with Him this summer? Put on your sunglasses and let’s bask in the SON
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It’s been seven and a half years since my dad passed away and at times it seems like it happened just yesterday. People throw around the saying that time heals all wounds but I beg to differ. The longer it has been sometimes feels like it’s getting harder. Even as I type these words tears are coming down my face and my heart is feeling that pain. Father’s Day came and went this year and while it was spent celebrating and showering my husband with gifts and love, my heart ached for my father. To be able to hug my father again, to see his face again, and to hear his laugh would mean so much. To be in the presence of a humbled man. I miss him so much. Sometimes my heart feels like it’s going to be crushed by the pain. I’m thankful for my husband who is there when these waves of pain and grief hit. He is there to comfort me and hug me. He tells me that if Pops were alive we’d all have chocolate pie with him. Those hand held little pies were one of his most favorite sweets.
I never know exactly when these times of hurt will hit. But when they do I often think of Jesus’ own grief. The shortest verse in the entire Bible of just two words holds a snapshot into the humanity of our Savior. I know that He is well acquainted with grief, therefore He knows just how it feels and just what it takes to ease the pains that come and go. I’m thankful for a Savior that knows my heart and experiences first hand. He knows them, and He has the ability to heal the hurts and the wounds and comfort the brokenhearted like no one else can. And one day He will wipe every tear from every eye, and death and pain will cease to exist. Praise the Lord!
“Jesus wept.” ~John 11:35
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