GOD PROMISES ABUNDANT JOY

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“You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy, at Your right hand are eternal pleasures.” Psalm 16:11 CSB

God is life, with Him is abundant joy and eternal pleasures.  No matter what you’re going through in life, He is with you. I was reminded of this last weekend when I watched the Brene Brown special on Netflix, “Call to Courage.” It really would be worth the hour and ten minutes it takes to watch.  At one point she is talking about her God moment which led her to her current path. The moment she described was not when she was on a mountaintop, it was when she was in a valley. When she was at her lowest is when the moment happened.

We all have that moment in our lives when we’ve hit rock bottom.  When we’re done. When we’re curled up in our p.j.’s on the couch, peanut butter jar in one hand, spoon in the other, hiding from the world.  I know I certainly have, more than once and probably not for the last time, unfortunately. But God always shows up. As I listened to Brene’s story unfold, I could see God chasing after as she was sinking, right there ready to catch her when she needed Him too.  That’s how cool God is. He did it for her, He’s done it for me, He’ll do it for you. Just trust Him.

Easier said than done.

I struggle with trusting God.  In fact, recently God has been showing me how much I don’t trust Him.  In ways I didn’t even realize. But in order to take the next step in my life, I must trust Him.  And I find it difficult. I’m tired of being hurt and beat up. Following Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart.  People have lots of opinions about people who follow Jesus, whether inside or outside of the church. You get blamed for them all when you follow Jesus; good, bad and ugly.  There is some ugly out there that no one ever wants to see. I’m a little battle weary these days. I need some rest. I can’t do it by myself anymore, I can only do it with Jesus.

But you know what, I’m living in abundant joy.  I feel more alive than ever. I can see God working everywhere.  I literally can’t wait to see what He’s up to next. Because even if I’m having a hard time trusting Him today, I haven’t forgotten all He has already done for me.  I’m in good hands. And so are you. That I know.

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