Choose Joy

My friend and I talked on the phone this morning, and she told me of the Lord reminding her to pray for those in need, and to not forget to keep her joy in the Lord, knowing “He’s got this.”

My son and I went to lunch today and during the visit, we remembered family members who were hurting and needing prayer. We knew God would provide for them and reminded ourselves to keep trusting Him, and not to lose our joy in the Lord.

He said, “Mom, thanks for reminding me of this. Sometimes, I feel guilty when things are going so well for me and I see others hurting so badly.”

I know it’s very easy to be so caught up in the trials and tribulations of this life – our own and others we love – that we momentarily lose sight of the blessings God is showering on us daily.

Sometimes, a gentle reminder from our Heavenly Father is just what we need to get our focus back on Him and off the circumstances that are robbing us of our joy.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV) Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

So, today, I am praying for those I love, asking for God to help me trust Him with myself and those I love.

I am remembering, too, to enjoy the moments I have; reading, working a puzzle, visiting with family and friends, and basking in the joy of knowing my Father is always working things out for our good and His glory.

Thank You, Lord!


About dorissavanover

Wife, mom, mom-in-law, and grandma, I write stories of everyday blessings - those ordinary moments that become extraordinary when we become aware of being in God's awesome presence. Recently retired, I enjoyed twenty-eight years of employment as an executive assistant to a commercial real estate broker. I'm excited to have more time to write and share the wonders of living an abundantly fulfilling life; a life of having a real relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior, the Son of our very loving Heavenly Father.
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2 Responses to Choose Joy

  1. T. R. Noble says:

    Amen!! The joy of the Lord it will be my strength 🙂


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