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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Joy

This day is sacred to our Lord.  Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

                     
                                                                   Nehemiah 8:10

 I have battled depression for as long as I can remember.

 Losing my precious baby brother (he was 27 at the time, but still precious) the same year I lost a dear friend to breast cancer only deepened what felt at times to be an unbearable burden of darkness.

That was 12 years ago and the darkness still comes and goes with uncomfortable regularity.

But so does the joy of the Lord and I know that no matter how many times the darkness assaults me, He has promised I will not be defeated.

There are days I have to cling to that promise with every shred of faith that I've been given but I have never been completely forsaken, even when I felt like for sure that I had.

God is faithful and true to His Word.  If there is anything I have learned in these last 12 years, it is that fact.

God's Word has given me hope in the darkest of nights.

God's Word has given me joy in the simplest of pleasures.

God's Word has given me peace in the most improbable of times.

I know without a doubt that God's Word is living and active and that it may even have saved my very life.

Whatever your problem, there is a timely and perfect solution waiting for you in God's Word.

Blessings to you in your search!

1 comment:

  1. I love the promise of Isaiah 61 - He is giving beauty for ashes! I recently heard a teaching on the blessing of Numbers 6, how God will transform us as we pray that daily over ourselves and others, confessing his favor on our lives. I speak that blessing over you! (Came here from faith barista...)

    Pam

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