"The Joy of The Lord is My Strength" by Karyn Grant
I find it fascinating that the things I worried about yesterday, last year, a decade ago, found their resolution when I put my faith in God. Truly, I am discovering "Faith in the Mourning" begins with acknowledging my dependency upon a Being higher than myself. I am learning that as I wait upon the Lord, I can do so with joy, knowing that He has always resolved those issues of greatest import to me, in His divine timing. Truly, God has my back. He is my Fall Guy.
Looking back over my life's experiences, I take heart now, in my fifth decade of living, that God never has left me comfortless....at least....not for long. As an entrepreneur, He manages to bless me often in the "nick of time" and when I "least expect it". I love "leaning upon Him" and not upon "my own understanding".
Yesterday, the conflict I prayed and wrestled about in prayer, was resolved by mid-morning today. Why do I not take each and every life "issue" to Him first? Why do I not drop my burden at my feet a little sooner? Why do I hold on to life's little "pains" instead of "rocking my soul in the bosom of Abraham"?
I find my greatest comfort in realizing that as the world turns it's attention to Christ-less, rather than Christ-like solutions, prayer is becoming for me, a much needed commodity. God is the one who covers my head in times of scorching heat, provides His umbrella to shelter me from the storms of life and who grants me not only pardon, but relief from the sorrows that so easily beset me.
I turn to Him, as my Master, as my Healer, as my Strength, as My Song. He alone, understands the reasons behind the feelings that sometimes cause my heart to ebb away from or flow towards that miraculous, mysterious harbor called, "JOY!"
I am learning to sing a new song, echoed in Psalms; "The Joy of the Lord is My Strength!" As I recite this Psalm to myself every day, it becomes emblazoned upon the tablet of my heart. Truly, with God as my everlasting, Eternal Companion, I need "fear no evil" for "Thou art my rock and my salvation." In these trying times, the peace, safety and shelter we are all seeking, may be found in the bosom of the Lord. In His arms, His love truly can become our hiding place when the taunting and trouble of the world gets far too loud for our liking.Karyn Grant, "The Joy Coach" is the author of "Joy in the Mourning" a series of fourteen PDF books that can be obtained on her web site www.joycoachingamerica.com. Karyn believes that her greatest strength is found in remembering that the Lord is at the helm.