The Joy Of The Lord

Its been awhile since we last talked. I pray that all has been well with you. There has been many things going on in my life. Um! Some good, so so, and bad things has happened in my life. A constant battle with family issues, and personal problems too. Yet, I am still standing.

Do you ever wonder why you are still standing? When you are going through so much pain, daily struggles, fears, something seems to give you strength to stand. Maybe, you haven’t had to face storms in life. If not that’s great!

My friend if you’re like me that, something, is God. His hands are on your life. Wow! Amazing huh? My husband and I were talking the other day about everything that has happened in our marriage. As well as, the things that God brought us through.

Out of frustration, I asked,"Why come I can’t ever go through simple things?" My husband quietly replied, "I don’t know!" Well, I wanted him to reassure me. Perhaps, I wanted him to comfort me. But he didn’t do anything, but look out the window.

Then two days ago, we went to a relatives house for dinner. After dinner, the Lord led my husband to clean up their kitchen. As he started washing the dishes, I watched him. The enemy brought the past before me. He reminded me about our disagreements we had years ago.

Over the years, bitterness set in my heart toward this person. Deeply I swallowed, smiled and joined him in the kitchen. I couldn’t let my husband clean by hisself.
Of course, she pleaded, "Guys you don’t have to do this!" We ignored her and kept working. Satan is a defeated foe. I took my power back by being obedient to the will of the Lord. As I cleaned, I hummed softly.

After we put away the trash, put the food in the refrigerator, and washed the dishes she thanked us. Before we left, I felt, the gentle stirrings of the Holy Spirit leading me to pray for their strength.
Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us to, "Go and celebrate with a feast of rich food and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before the Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"

God is so bigger than us. After we prayed for her, she prayed for us. Wow! The strength of the Lord filled us with joy. Had I followed after my heart, and led by my flesh I would’ve missed God.
Selfcenteredness is never the will of the Lord. Unforgiveness is a sin. If I can’t forgive others, then God won’t forgive me.
Celebrate others today. Don’t miss opportunities to reconnect with others who hurt you. The prophet Ezra believed, that celebrations were a form of giving. When we celebrate, we’re giving to others. Thus, we’re strengthened spiritually and filled with the joy of the Lord.


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