Living a joyful life takes practice and awareness of all God’s daily blessings. This is easy to do when life “feels good” but on the hard days, it takes more effort. For me, it requires a slow pace at life, the knowing of Be still and know that He is God.
He alone is the eternal God, the creator of everything. I remind myself that, God is good, God is good to me, God is good at being God. These words from Lysa TerKeurst, remind me to TRUST HIM in a childlike way.
On the days, that I let my spirit marinate in His Word and Love for me, I see so many simple blessings.
We live a simple but meaningful life here on our little farm. We feed, and play with baby chics, collect eggs to sell to our neighbors and gather for home cooked meals.
I was talking with a old friend today. I’m so very thankful that the Lord puts people right in our path to lift us up, at just the right moment. For most of my adult years this person has been my biggest cheerleader. Tells me what a good mother I am, that I am a wonderful woman of God, that the husband I had was blessed to have me. But all the while, behind closed doors I was being told how unlovable and not good enough of a wife that I am. I was stupid, ignorant, read the Bible too much, cooked and cleaned too much, basically everything that makes me the woman I am was a punishment. I lived so confused for so long. At some point I began believing these lies. Maybe I’m not good enough. What’s wrong with me that my husband doesn’t love me? It must be me because he says it so much. I was nearly crushed in spirit BUT GOD!! God opened my eyes to the lies. He revealed to me that this man’s brokenness is his heart. The hurt in him had turned to anger that gets triggered on me. Hurting people hurt people!
I know now that I am loved. By many people! My thoughtful friend surprised me with a gift. My friend knows my heart for farm life and that I sell eggs at my little honor stand every week.
A few months ago this same person gifted me this scripture
I read this everyday. Sometimes, many times! At the time I received this, I had no idea what was just around the corner. God had already begun setting me apart from the abuser. This scripture and many others are my spiritual weapons. I am strong in faith because He is always with me wherever I go. His promises are my STRONG FOUNDATION, like a house built on the rock.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
I am that house. I did not fall because I am built on the rock foundation that is Christ the Lord. When my house was being constructed last year, I wrote these words on the foundation.
My friends, build your life on the foundation of the most High God. The King of Kings! He is the only foundation that will not falter.