What is joy really? And if my strength comes from the joy of the Lord (Psalm 28:7), then what does the joy of the Lord really look like? (LG pg 22)
As I type these words at 5:40 am having been awake since 4:30 stressing I am wondering what is joy and how do I find it at times like these. As head of my household I am looking at a move that will happen days after I get back from a missions trip, a birthday party where there is still lots to do and physically I am still struggling with bronchitis and pneumonia, not to mention the 15 other small things on my plate... and I am not great at asking for help. Not even from the Lord.
So this morning I sit here speaking to the Lord, asking Him for that strength that comes from His joy and I am already feeling better. Maybe that strength comes from sitting here in conversation, pouring out my heart and then listening and allowing Him to speak to me. After all that is what I would want Nick to do if he was up in the middle of the night stressing out. Wake me up, sit at the foot of my bed and tell me all that is worrying you and let me listen and let me help. It would give me great joy.
God is good all the time and He has the answer. Sometimes we just have to sit, pour out our hearts so it is not a distraction and then listen to His wise council.
I will be praying for you all, as Mom's, wives, sisters, daughters and Princesses of the Most High!!
New International Version (NIV)
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.