I made a big pot of soup last night for my daughter's visit. I am very excited she is coming. We do not get to see one another very often because she does not live nearby. This is a special day for me all around. My heart is overwhelmed with joy and blessings this morning. It is probably one of the best birthdays ever!
Do you know why I think it is one of the best birthdays ever? It is not because anything much has changed. It is not because it is being treated much differently than most (except for the laptop, of course). I think it is different because I am different. I strive to no longer allow my happiness to be based on what is going on around me ... I strive to no longer allow others to determine my happiness ... I strive to always remember that "the joy of the Lord is my salvation". It has been a long and difficult journey to achieve this. It does not come overnight. It does not come because you simply say it. It comes from practice and lots of stretching. You have to continually repeat ... over and over and over ... Bible scripture to support what you want your heart to believe and accept. Bible verses such as:
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJ): Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 21:1 (NKJ): The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
Isaiah 29:19 (NKJ): The humble also shall increase their joy in the Lord, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.
Simply put ... you have to make the joy of the Lord be your salvation and you have to desire it! When you do, though you will still endure difficult days and trials, you can cast your cares and press on in joy. Monday was a very difficult day for me. I was toting a very heavy heart and much sadness. When I arrived at work, however, no one would have suspected a thing. It is because I cast my care on the way in and left it in His hands. When the fear tried to stir up on the inside of me, I pushed it away and reminded myself God had my back ... this was God's battle and not mine. As you know He won the battle and delivered to me victory! He will for you too!
Have a blessed day!