Joy In The Journey
Sometimes I grumble. Ok, lots of times but I do tend to do it quietly when no one else will hear. But God hears. He hears when I am sad or frustrated or overcome with the pressures of life. He hears when I feel like I can't go on and when I feel utterly defeated. How wonderful that God listens to me even in the midst of my imperfect delivery. In those moments, an amazing thing happens. When my burdens have been shared (or grumbled about) I can move forward. Not always with a tremendous amount of joy but as the time passes, I am able to again see all that I have been blessed with and need to give thanks for.
And so I do. I begin to speak those things which are so close to my heart. The joy of my husband, children and home. The joy of provision for our life. And as I take time to acknowledge the many ways God provides, I find myself slowing able to find the joy in middle of the pressure and defeat. I am not promised an easy bump-free rode to travel. I am not promised sunny skies and the absence of storms. I am, however, promised that God will never leave me or forsake me. God will always be there.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9