Several months ago, I had a friend tell me that I am always happy and that nothing seems to bother me. Initially, I disagreed with her. Then I realized that she was right. Something had changed. I had to ask myself what brought about the change. But, I didn’t have to think about it very long. It was and is God. I started requiring myself to spend time with him daily – praying, reading His word, meditating on it and journaling. I stopped going to God in prayer only when I needed or wanted something. That’s was the change, and it totally changed me. Jesus is real and his Holy Spirit is definitely at work in me!
Those who know me know I used to be very sensitive. To put it plainly, I cried a lot, about a lot of different things. I wore my heart on my sleeve. But that has changed. Now, things don’t bother me as much. Don’t get me wrong; I still cry from time to time, but these tears are different. They are what I call earned tears. When I say earned tears, I mean the tears that come after a client is convicted or when a natural disaster strikes a community. These days I wake up happy, peaceful and often times with a song in my heart and on my lips – some would say for no reason. But, au contraire, there are a number of reasons to be joyous. I woke up and God gave me yet another chance to do things His way. I am joyous about life and its prospects.
Do you need joy? Go to God. Seek His face. He has an endless supply of whatever we need. Remember, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). He is what we need in times of sadness, depression and desperation. When things are not going as expected, you should turn our thoughts to God. Focus on him. Keep your focus on him. Isaiah 26:3 talks about “perfect peace.” It says that God gives perfect peace to those who trust in him. Trust in him!
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Psalm 51:12 (NIV)
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NIV)
Today, thank God for his Love. Ask Him to give you unexplainable joy. Ask Him for peace of mind when things all around you are spinning out of control. Ask God to give you as much of him as you can take. Finally, ask Him to increase His presence in your life so that your life and works will glorify Him. Click here to listen to Kirk Franklin’s Give Me.
Peace and blessings!