Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Joy

The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
A friend reminded me of this passage last night and it hit me hard. 

Do I really believe the words of Nehemiah 8:10?

Do I believe that my strength comes from having a relationship with the Lord?

Since I am praying for strength and energy these days, it seems quite appropriate to ponder this topic of joy and strength.

And so today I ask myself: where does my strength come from each day? 

Not from other Christ followers.

Not from the Church. 

Not from a pastor. 

From the King of Kings and Lord of Lords himself. 

Happiness is dependent on my circumstances. Joy is based on my relationship with the Lord. During hard times, I've learned I can still dig deep and find joy if it is truly from the Lord.

Just some thoughts I'm pondering (and trying to implement) today...

3 comments:

heartincharge said...

I have found this to be true. A phone call venting with a friend, the distraction of a movie or a magazine, a jog around the neighborhood all offer temporary comfort or sometimes no help at all. But whenever I emerge from the miry clay, refreshed, and hopeful again, I know it is a miracle. I know God came and got me.

Becky said...

I have been thinking about strength as well and wondering where "strength for today" comes from. Last night the Lord reminded me of Isaiah 30:15 "...in quietness and trust is your strength."

I have been thinking lately of you and a few others online who are parenting 2 children under 2, and in some cases 2 under 1. I pray for God's strength for all of you. I can't imagine the challenge of parenting 2 children so close in age. Having dealt with infertility I know that all of you are very sensitive about ever sounding like you are complaining, but sometimes you just need to vent. Though they are a tremendous blessing, it is not easy I am sure. All that to say, we are still here for you and supporting you. May God give you strength and supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Stacey said...

Stacy, you always seem to write just what I need to read. Thank you for always bringing me back to God's Word and His promises! Love ya & keeping you in my prayers always.