On my birthday this year a dear friend gave me a little flip calendar that sits on my kitchen counter offering me a word for the day. One particular day in January that seemed full of more challenges than I had the strength to face read:
“Why is everyone hungry for more? ‘More, more,’ they say. ‘More, more.’ I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, for You, God, have put my life back together. Psalm 4:6-8 The Message
A word aptly spoken is a balm to the heart. I needed reminding that JOY is mine by simply knowing Jesus as my savior. He walks beside me through all of these struggles. Nothing else can give me His peace and rest. I think I’ve forgotten what it’s like NOT to have that joy- in the midst of trouble. My heart aches for anyone who doesn’t.
We’ve started parent support meetings on a weekly basis where we are around a searching group of folks. Many don’t know the hope and peace God offers. At least I never hear them talk about it. There isn’t much joy for sure. What a gift I carry inside. It’s been a good perspective of thankfulness to my Father for His unfailing love. I’m freshly amazed, it’s available to everyone.
I asked in January to know God’s unfailing love; to be so full of that love, that it would ooze out of me and onto others. He’s answering my prayers. (Use us Lord)
“From the bottom of my heart I thank You… You’ve always been great toward me- what love! You snatched me from true brink of disaster!… You, O God, are both tender and kind, not easily angered, immense in love, and You never, never quit.” Psalm 86: 12-13, 15