'Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.'
There is Joy in his dwelling place. Like a fountain, of living fresh water. When our lives are dry and Joy is not present, we can go to God, sit at his feet, love on him, cry our tears, pour out our complaint and sit and rest in Him. In His presence we can find his Joy.
13 Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Today, we have a lot to be joyful about. We are children of God, loved and cherished by him, blessed and filled with purpose, we are filled with destiny, we are royal, spotless, beautiful!
Get a dose of Jesus today and be renewed with his JOY!
I had this sudden image of a lovely purple flower on a mountain top.
I don't know how,
but I knew it to be a Crocus.
It was a strong image,
and as I studied it,
its surroundings began to change.
The flower remained,
As the mountains it was rooted on,
turned into the heat of a vast desert!
The sand blew to and fro,
around this Crocus.
Then I saw snow fall,
Then the winds came,
they blew hard and fast around this flower.
the sun shone,
I felt God whisper into my heart.
"You are like this Crocus,
When the storms come,
you will not be shaken,
when the heat is on,
your faith will remain.
When the drought comes,
when you can not feel my presence,
I was so moved by this word to my heart,
I had to find out more about the nature of a Crocus.
I got up,
and looked it up.
'The Crocus is considered a hardy plant.
Hardiness of plants is a term used to describe their ability to survive adverse growing conditions. It is usually limited to discussions of climatic adversity. Thus a plant's ability to tolerate cold, heat, drought, flooding or wind are typically considered measurements of hardiness.'
I did not previously know this about these flowers.
I was taken aback by the accuracy of the word.
I was also encouraged to hear these words of comfort,
for when the tough times roll in,
and they do!
I take hope in the fact that,
if our foundation is firm,
if our feet are on the rock,
we shall remain.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.