- Published: Friday, 24 June 2016 07:18
- Written by Bethany Elle
You made me so happy, God. I saw your work and I shouted for joy.
There is so much beauty; God's gift to each one of us, do you see it? The color and details of life speak of God's passion, and His creative joy. There are times in life that it is so easy to be caught up in the pain, we are easily blinded to the gifts, especially the gift of joy.
His joy comes from within, Him in you and you in Him. His very presence moving within you and bringing a sense, a knowledge, and a peace. Joy is God himself working wonders within you. His shield around you giving you an immense ability to walk through storms. His joy brings strength beyond anything you could do all alone.
There have been times in my life that have been very challenging, and I've experienced so much saddness. Yet, deep within my heart I have joy as well. It's the joy of knowing I am eternal with my Father and that in His hands my life will go in a direction that wins. Somehow, someway, His joy penetrates deep within and changes everything. It gives the strength to walk through the pain.
Today I am praying that your joy in Jesus will be full, alive, and vivid with color. His joy will carry you through any journey your life is taking. His joy will be your strength.
We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul--not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.