The most important and life changing thing I have learned in this one week is the difference between happiness and gladness. This might be old hat to many of you, but for me? Can’t even begin to describe the rush of joy that fills my heart!
I love how He shared with me that happiness is an orphan, a worldly imposter and stealer of joy and gladness.
‘Happy’ doesn’t want us to rejoice in the Lord, or delight and gladden ourselves in Him. When we are delighting ourselves in Him, we are drinking from the Rivers of Living Water, from the well that never runs dry!
To maintain peace, maintain your focus on Me. To run your race efficiently and well, you must maintain what your soul feeds upon so fear does not settle in your heart.
Maintain a life filled with seeking out the treasures in My word. Allow the oil of Holy Spirit to flow in the ‘creaky, stiff places’.
I am good. I am your strength and stronghold in the day of trouble. I know you, I see you, I recognize you in your time of trouble and need and I wrap My arms of comfort and strength roundabout you as you take refuge in Me and trust Me.
Peace shall be yours without end as you recognize and acknowledge that My word is truth, a law of unending righteousness and love.
I will not hide My face from you, nor turn away in anger from My beloved.
I will help you and teach you My way and I will lead you in plain and even paths. I will have compassion on you.
I will teach you and strengthen you as you wait and hope for Me. You shall be brave and of good courage ~ your soul will be stayed on peace and bravery and courage are born.
Bravery and courage are a result of peace. A result of trusting Me, of waiting upon Me and keeping your heart stirred by hope.
Hope endures the wait. Hope builds tenacity, stoutness within the heart.
Hope gives hearts a mandate ‘to declare Your truth and faithfulness to men’.
If you give up hoping, you miss the blessing of My faithfulness. You miss the truth of My promises fulfilled in your life.
…so I wait Father. I wait for You with hope and expectation. I wait trusting. I wait knowing I can rely on You. I wait with confidence knowing You are the Keeper of Promises. I wait leaning hard into You, Jesus. I wait with thanksgiving in my heart, with glad words on my lips as I experience the WOW!! of being encompassed about with Mercy and Loving Kindness.
How GREAT is Your goodness, Lord! You continually inspire me to live in greater measures of peace. Unmoved, feet planted deep upon the Rock of Ages.
I will rejoice and be glad in You!
With you in His palm,
The entrance and unfolding of His words give light. Their unfolding gives understanding, discernment and comprehension to us. What word is God unfolding in your heart and soul to bring about a deeper walk with Him?