Friday, March 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday: I Will Take Joy

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    He makes my feet like the deer's;
    He makes me tread on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19
This winter has been difficult for me, and the past three weeks have been especially hard. The lonely, stuck-in-bed days aren’t too bad at first, but in time they start to wear on me. It has been over a month since I have stepped foot out of our house. It has been three weeks since I have visited with someone other than the mail man. I grow weary of having to rest so much. I get lonely.

On days like these, joy is a struggle. I have to fight for it. It is easy to focus on my circumstances and think that I have it so hard. But do I really? No. I live a very comfortable life. Here are just a few things that make my life comfortable and easy:
  • A soft bed
  • A laptop
  • Running water and indoor plumbing
  • A recliner
  • Plenty of pillows and blankets
  • Internet
  • Good books and movies
  • Yarn to crochet when my hands are strong enough
  • A good husband who loves me and takes care of me
  • Children who adore me and are so patient with me on the sick days

The list could go on and on. I have been truly blessed! I have a good home and a comfortable life. Best of all, I have been forgiven of my sins and adopted into the family of God. The Lord has poured out His grace and mercy upon me, saved me from my sins, and given me a home in Heaven. Now that is a reason to have joy! I can take joy even on the hard days. I will choose to live a joyful life.

When I take my focus off of the hard things of life and start to look at the blessings God has given me, especially the gift of salvation, I find that the joy of the Lord is my strength! And the weak days aren’t so hard when the joy of the Lord is my strength.

Five Minute Friday

9 comments:

Pattie said...

I love your positive attitude in the face of adversity :) Blessings to you and wishes for a happy weekend. Pattie from FMF

Mary J Hess said...

Beautiful post. Here from FMF. Praying for you!

Rachel Lundy said...

Hi Pattie, thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a good weekend too!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you, Mary!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you, Jean. I'm sorry this has been such a difficult week for you. I will be praying for you.

Helen Gullett said...

That is the same verses I have been meditating this week! Hope you continue find encouragement from the Lord!

Rachel Lundy said...

Thank you, Helen!

Elizabeth Stewart said...

Visiting here from the (in)courage link up. I'm sorry for whatever illness is keeping you down, but I pray for continued supernatural joy of the Lord in the midst of it all. (and healing, too!)

Karen Brown said...

What a great reminder that we can have joy...even when there could be much complaining. Thanks for sharing this encouraging post! #link-up

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