Glad + Joy

Thankful, today: 

That when I cry to the Lord, He bends down and hears me… He draws me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog. He sets my feet upon a rock, He makes my steps secure.

That He is helping me do new things in my life, that I am literally being transformed into a new person.

He puts a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. I don’t have to go on with the same old song, the same old news, the same old patterns. This song is a higher song and I sing it in the rain.

I’m so thankful that He doesn’t want me to just “do the right thing” and grudgingly sacrifice myself in an unhealthy way…. He wants to hear me say, “I delight to do your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

I am thankful that He helps me be a peacemaker.. this is a new thing He is showing me and giving me the courage for. Because if you think about it, before you can work to bring and encourage peace, first you must enter a stormy, unsettled and fearful situation. But there are things that are worth it all, and more.

For days (like today) where my heart is heavy.. and also for happy Saturday afternoons with friends in the kitchen, making pita bread, and I look down and see this and smile:

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4 thoughts on “Glad + Joy

  1. oh yes…saying amen with you…sorry for your heavy heart…I pray your new song will continue to well up in your soul…blessings to you…love the picture…this reminds me of the hymn…this is my Father’s World…he speaks to me everywhere…:)

    • Thank you! Yes! And yeah, just some ongoing family type things on my mind. It helps to share with friends off and on the internet! So thanks for the encouragement. 🙂 ~Frances

    • It is awesome. 🙂 Sometimes I can see it much more clearly than others! And sometimes it feels like two steps forward three or maybe five steps back. Oh well!!

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